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18/06/2012 at 22:46

the leaves on our young apple tree are starting to curl up, and we think it's because of aphids - loads of tiny black insects are covering the underside of the leaves! does anyone have any advice on what to do? is there a quick solution? - we're worried about the tree dying.
i've heard you can buy some lavae over the internet which will eat the aphids - does anyone have experience of this?

18/06/2012 at 23:20

If the apple tree is still small  and they are only on the new leaves, you can just wipe off the aphids or blackfly with your finger and thumb.  I did that when my tree was a baby and it was OK.

19/06/2012 at 06:40

Helen5- don't go buying any larvae or anything like that over the Internet-in your garden are larvae that will do the same job .

Do what KG says -if it is really bad remove the odd badly-infested leaf but also there are plenty of sprays you can that will solve the problem-it is quite common and nothing much to worry about as it can be dealt with quite easily.

The tree won'r die

20/06/2012 at 17:30

ok thanks, i will try that. although it's quite a small tree it's already got to the stage where 60% of the leaves are affected. i'll take off some leaves and keep spraying the others...

thanks for your advice

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