Lupins laid low with infestions

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I inspect my small garden almost daily and so was staggered yesterday to find my lupins in a dreadful state and thickly encrusted from just under the leaves to about halfway down each stem with grey-blue and some pinkish pests I presume are aphids. I used an extremely noxious bug killer on them to get rid of them immediately and save the plant – especially as last year it had a rather sweet peppery fragrance, but I really do not like to use such strong pesticides especially if there is any danger to ladybirds, bees, birds or other desirable creatures.

Can someone recommend kinder pesticides? I’m also interested in companion planting, so if there is anything that will attract insects that will east these nasties I should like to know about that too. 
Cheers!

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  • MuddyForkMuddyFork Posts: 374

    Sounds like you have Lupin Aphid, horrible things.  Most insecticides will work but I find it very satisfying to rub them off each stem using my fingers, squashing them as I goimage

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    I have had this too, plastic gloves and a little washing up liquid on your fingers and you can rub them off. If you are in a non hosepipe area you could blast them off but I agree with Muddyfork squishing is better.

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    These aphids are disgusting, even the hungriest of birds won't eat them.  I  have stopped with all forms of lupins because of them, I really have better things to do than squashing aphids.  Enough time spent dealing with liuly beetle on the plants I want to grow.  I did try tree lupins, just in case, as day lilies are not lilies, they were different, but no, the aphids loved them just as much.  As I hated the aphids, the lupins had to go, luckily - so far - none of the other related legumes are affected, that could be a disaster as one who adores fresh peas!!

  • GavinGavin Posts: 27

    The insect killer has worked!  The aphids - very fat and juicy ones - are all dead, just in time, becasue the lupins have begun to bud!
    Are there aphids that particularly like lupins then?

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Yes, these large, juicy, somewhat greyish disgusting ones are specific for lupins only,  if you want to grow them you will have to consistently resort to chemicals as far as I know.  As I said, I'm afraid I just gave up & grew something else, those aphids just disgusted me!!  Hope your lupins are gorgeous, you can share them with a picture maybe ?

  • GavinGavin Posts: 27

    They are Russell hybrid lupins, which were not in very good condition when I purchased them last year but which provided me with months or lovely blooms. I shall post some of last year's pciture, thise year the plants are large, but we are yet to see the blooms

  • GavinGavin Posts: 27

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  • GavinGavin Posts: 27

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  • GavinGavin Posts: 27

    these blue ones had a lovely fragrance along with the pink ones

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