This is from Jerry Baker, America's Master Gardener and it's in his book-Backyard Problem Solver.
Make and share this Rose Aphid Antidote recipe from Food.com.
- 1 orange rind, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon baby shampoo
- 2 cups water
- Put ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 10-15 seconds. Strain out the pulp into a coffee filter, then pour liquid into a handheld mist sprayer.
- Get out your hose and blast your roses with a high pressure spray nozzle to dislodge the aphids. Now mist spray the plants and say goodbye to aphids!
I refuse to use chemicals in my garden so it is usually a crapshoot as to what will survive. :-) This sounded like a lovely remedy. Aphids found their way to my herb garden, specifically the dill plants. I couldn't really blast the wispy plants with water before dousing on the _antidote_ so I was unsure of the outcome. I checked this morning and *no* aphids to be seen on anything. Thanks so much for this miracle-cure!