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Posted by agathafroo 5A (My Page) on
Thu, May 15, 14 at 1:13

As of yesterday, at least one of my wintersowing containers has aphids crawling about and hanging out on my very tiny hosta, lambs ear, and lychnis seedlings. How do I get rid of the little jerks without killing my seedlings in the process?


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RE: Aphids--argh!

Try spraying them with a dish soap solution. A few times a day should do it.

RE: Aphids--argh!

Or water from your hose sprayed a bit forcibly. Easy-peasy.


RE: Aphids--argh!

Here's a handy link for you:
Since your seedlings are so tiny you may not want to spray with too much force.

RE: Aphids--argh!

I remove aphids from the milkweed by regularly checking the growth tips for them. This is where they start to multiply, guess they love the tender foliage. Just gently brush/rub them off with my fingers which prevents them from colonizing to the rest of the plant and it really does seem to work.

Maybe you could use a paint brush or basting brush and brush them off gently.

PS I have pretty much gotten over the "squeamish factor" of squishing aphids and beetles, etc.

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