Aphids are nasty little critters that show up in your plants and vegetables with no knowing until it’s occasionally to late. Aphids can totally destroy a plant before you ever see them. Careful inspection of your plants daily will is the first place to start for successful aphid control.
Aphids come in all colours, green, red, brown and have a pear shape to their bodies. How they do their damage is by piercing the plant, then sucking the juices from it. In the process of sucking the juices from the plant, they also transmit germs which cause the leaves to turn yellow and curl up. It can also lead to distortion in the fruit.
Daily inspection of your plants will alert you early, so that you can take defensive measures against the aphids before they can colonize. You want to always check new plants prior to putting them in the floor. Once your garden is in, make daily walks, or walk through every other day to aphids have not started.
Do not put to much fertilizer out around your plants. Aphids love new expansion, and a more fertilized garden will always try to generate new growth.
A good blast of water will dislodge the aphids in the plants and they won’t have the ability to return.
The first solution is 2 tsp of this mild dish soap to a 16oz jar of warm water. This solution will coat the aphids and cause them to dehydrate. The second alternative is 3 parts warm water to 1 part vegetable oil with a few drops of dish soap included in. This solution will actually clog the respiratory ability of the aphids making them die. The vegetable oil and the soap can magnify the sun and possibly burn the leaves on your plants.
1 line of defense to help slow down aphids so that you can control them is pruning. Alot of times you may see aphid colonies. Once you find these, prune away that section and then start your spray regime. Make certain you discard the pruned segments somewhere away from your plants, This won’t kill the aphids but will greatly improve your chances of successful aphid control.
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