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22/06/2013 at 14:17

Hello gardeners! 

I need a little advice. I have a beautiful rose bush in my garden that is already full of lovely buds, promising many blossoms this summer. 

But I noticed today that some flowerbuds have aphids sitting on them. I took a spray bottle filled with water and sprayed them away but I'm scared they'll spread. 

Is there anything I can do? 

22/06/2013 at 14:26

brush them off with your fingers  you get a bit sticky but they don't bite

22/06/2013 at 14:32

I agree with nutcutlet - or if you're squeamish then use a soft paintbrush to brush them off - much better than spraying with noxious stuff that might kill ladybirds and harm bees 

22/06/2013 at 16:47

I get my garden hose out and set it to the flat jet style and then grip the stem and jet them off.  Does not seem to harm the roses and aphids end up a long way across the road, which in relative terms is a hell of journey back!

22/06/2013 at 19:56

Many thanks for the advice! 

22/06/2013 at 22:11

Use a solution of washing up liquid and water spray your rosebuds in the evening liberally.

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