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10/06/2013 at 18:05

if only it were just the roses

10/06/2013 at 18:11

Where have you got them little-ann?

10/06/2013 at 18:29

strawberry, clematis,dahlias,lupins etc etc etc

10/06/2013 at 19:10

I infused boiling water with orange peel, and spraying that every few days has kept greenfly off our roses, but it doesnt do much good on the honeysuckle, which is COVERED.

Might have to resort to chemicals : (

11/06/2013 at 08:42

There seems to be no end.....we are all plagued by the dreaded greenfly. I've also heard hanging fat balls near the affected plant(s) will do the trick and the birds will happily pick off the greenfly. My butterfly bush, roses and twisted hazel is covered in greenfly but since the fat balls are too heavy for these plants, I blast them off with a jet of water - temporary measure which seems to work.  Keep the plants well watered.

11/06/2013 at 09:29

when i checked round this morning most greenfly had gone

11/06/2013 at 13:42

Had the same problem on roses.  Purchased some adult and ladybird larvae at the end of last week.  They are now munching their way through a feast and the roses are beginning to look happier.  Also looks as though adults are mating so should have an ongoing supply of larvae!  Did the same last year - poured with rain the night after applying so was not succsessful.

11/06/2013 at 19:51

how much are ladybirds? 

what stops them flying away??

11/06/2013 at 20:01


jackthecat wrote (see)

how much are ladybirds? 

what stops them flying away?? 

If you were hungry and were dumped in a Michelin star restaurant would you want to leave?

Seriously though, the same thought has occurred to me: maybe some form of tented area with polythene around the plant might help. Sparrows & bluetits keep coming back for more in my garden. It's amazing just how keen a bird's eyesight is over us poor humans!

12/06/2013 at 17:45

Exactly!!  No sign of them leaving yet.  The larvae don't fly and can eat huge quantities. Try the Green Gardener for prices.

12/06/2013 at 17:50

Fidgetbones - I think that young ladybirds are spotless - the spots develop as they get older. They change colour too I believe

13/06/2013 at 08:25

I discussed using ladybirds at one of the stands at Gardeners World Live yesterday and was advised that ladybirds as a means of biological control are usually intended for greenhouse use where they are kept in the environment. I did notice however the stand had fine mesh netted frames housing butterflies and other exotic insects. To be fair the stand was not advertising biological controls but was more concerned with the butterflies etc. They weren't selling the tented/netted frame either - they bought those for their show stand from a pet shop specialising in reptiles.

19/06/2013 at 07:20
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

I've got greenfly on my rosebuds - every year I just run my fingers over the shoots in the morning, removing most of the greenfly and leaving a few for the ladybirds and bluetits - it works for me 

I checked my roses yesterday evening - hardly a greenfly to be seen, and all I've done is running my fingers over the buds a couple of time as described above.   I've got lovely healthy rosebuds with no greenfly damage

20/06/2013 at 17:57

I bought some ladybird larvae, but I have written back to the firm I got them from as there didn't seem to be anything at all in the tub except shed skins.  I tipped the contents onto an assortment of infested rose bushes but didn't see anything move at all and no aphids have been munched. I will see what they say about it as other people seem to have had success with the larvae route, meanwhile the fat balls are now in situ in hope.

02/07/2013 at 12:38

i to use washing up liquid diluted..but where possible i actually dip my plants into a large bowl and swish the bugs of.


02/07/2013 at 20:09

JUst out of interest, I haven't seen one ladybird in my garden this year, last year there were zillions. I garden organically, the bluetits are helping out, but I wonder where the ladybirds have gone?

02/07/2013 at 21:11

Figrat, neither have I.

02/07/2013 at 21:12

I saw one without spots early in the year, but not many since.

02/07/2013 at 23:57

I haven't seen any either, not even from the alleged ladybird larvae I bought.

03/07/2013 at 07:23

do birds eat ladybirds, i cant remember the last time i saw a ladybird but we have a large collection of birds

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