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Joni08-Mar-02 06:07 AM EST 10   
Julie08-Mar-02 01:24 PM EST 3b   
Alex08-Mar-02 06:37 PM EST 3a   
Alex08-Mar-02 06:37 PM EST 3a   
Linda08-Mar-02 08:53 PM EST   
serenity16-Mar-02 11:00 PM EST 5b   
Amanda19-Mar-02 04:29 PM EST 5a   
George Griffin20-Mar-02 08:52 AM EST 5a   
George Griffin20-Mar-02 08:54 AM EST   


Subject: Please help me with Aphids Naturally
From: Joni
Zone: 10
Date: 08-Mar-02 06:07 AM EST

Hi everyone,

I planted 8 roses in my garden Jan 1, 2002, they are growing beautifully, but one rose in particular is covered with green aphids, How do I get rid of them naturally as I have a puppy that eats everything, The roses are fenced off, so it is NOT easy for my puppy to get to them, but I do not want to take that chance. Thank you..Joni


Subject: RE: Please help me with Aphids Naturally
From: Julie
Zone: 3b
Date: 08-Mar-02 01:24 PM EST

Imagine, planting roses in January, I am envious! In the past, I have used a spray bottle with dish soap, cayenne pepper and water, and have had some success with aphids. I haven't had total success even by chemical means. Perhaps you can even purchase some ladybugs or nemotodes (did I spell that right?) who love to eat the aphids. Good luck.


Subject: RE: Please help me with Aphids Naturally
From: Alex
Zone: 3a
Date: 08-Mar-02 06:37 PM EST

Hi, I often hear about the use of peppers used for various unwanteds from bugs to squirrels, cats and dogs. I'm not keen - peppers can get into the eyes of various little beasts - even though not wanted little beasts the effects can be cruel. I am particulary careful because I don't want my own dogs inadvertantly hurt either. If you find ladybugs in other parts of your garden you can pop them onto the rose plant. This year I also plan to purchase a few ladybugs as my poor creeper was ravaged last year!! I obtained some info on releasing the bugs etc looks like another interesting project.


Subject: RE: Please help me with Aphids Naturally
From: Alex
Zone: 3a
Date: 08-Mar-02 06:37 PM EST

Hi, I often hear about the use of peppers used for various unwanteds from bugs to squirrels, cats and dogs. I'm not keen - peppers can get into the eyes of various little beasts - even though not wanted little beasts the effects can be cruel. I am particulary careful because I don't want my own dogs inadvertantly hurt either. If you find ladybugs in other parts of your garden you can pop them onto the rose plant. This year I also plan to purchase a few ladybugs as my poor creeper was ravaged last year!! I obtained some info on releasing the bugs etc looks like another interesting project.


Subject: RE: Please help me with Aphids Naturally
From: Linda
Zone:
Date: 08-Mar-02 08:53 PM EST

Often if you blast the aphid infested plant with water they will be reduced in number.

Buying lady bird beetles (ladybugs)to feed on the aphids will keep the aphids in control, or elliminate them.


Subject: RE: Please help me with Aphids Naturally
From: serenity
Zone: 5b
Date: 16-Mar-02 11:00 PM EST

I just read in a rose book that you can use 1 tbsp of baking soda and 1 tbsp of dish detergent, put them together in a litre of water and spray your roses with them to get rid of a variety of pests. The baking soda helps the detergent stick. I haven't tried it myself yet, but plan to this year as our roses were absolutely devoured last year. I'm going to make a few changes to the recipe though by adding 1 clove of pureed garlic and some ground french marigold petals to the water. French marigold is insecticidal and works with a lot of different bugs, and most bugs also hate garlic.


Subject: RE: Please help me with Aphids Naturally
From: Amanda
Zone: 5a
Date: 19-Mar-02 04:29 PM EST

I was under the impression that Safer's Soap was a natural remedy. I don't have the original bottle to check the ingredients but it works very well.


Subject: RE: Please help me with Aphids Naturally
From: George Griffin
Zone: 5a
Date: 20-Mar-02 08:52 AM EST

Here is the best and the easiest.

If your roses are planted in proper earth, get enought water and light they are growing with good vigour. If not you should look at these factors first to solve the Aphid problem.

If so you should do nothing.....( don't grimace, I know it's hard ) If your Roses are healthy and you do nothing before long Lady bugs will come along and take care of the problem for you. It may be hard to wait but you must not use "ANY" chemicals that would deter your friends from doing the work for you.

It also helps to know what the larval stage of the Lady Bug looks like as they will do the most work for you in eating up the aphids. They are little black scary looking little beasts. Be not afraid. They will fill up on Aphids and attach themselves to a leaf and turn into a laby bug and fly off about the time thier food supply runds out. At that time your roses will be beginning to bud in preparation for thier burst of glory.

Now don't just take my advice and say thank you, I want to hear how you made out. I really do.

Your welcome


Subject: RE: Please help me with Aphids Naturally
From: George Griffin
Zone:
Date: 20-Mar-02 08:54 AM EST

Oh darn, I forgot to mention. If the above doesn't work just yank out the aphid magnet and start dreaming about what you'll put in it's place.


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