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Common Plant Diseases and How to Fix Them: Aphids

Having strong plants always makes for a beautiful garden, filled with delicious vegetables and sweet-smelling flowers. You always hope to never have any issues with your plants, but that is rarely the case. Plant disease and plant pests can often transform what was once a healthy and thriving garden into an unhealthy one that needs to be fixed immediately.

Aphids, for example, can really destroy your plants past simple yellow leaves. It’s important to know how to recognise the signs of these insects in your garden and to know what they are when you see them, so you can control them.

 

What are Aphids?

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These small insects are also known as plant lice, with their colours varying from brown, white, grey, green, black, yellow, and sometimes even pink. Aphids can be almost invisible to the naked eye, typically under a quarter of an inch long. With pear-shaped bodies and long antennae, these insects are usually found together in large groups on plants.

Reproducing very quickly, generation tend to live between 20 to 40 days, with a single female aphid theoretically able to produce billions of descendants per season. To make matters worse, ants can sometimes be seen farming aphids and protecting them so that they can eat the honeydew that is produced by the aphids.

 

 

How are Plants Affected?

New growth can be more affected than older growth, with leaves, stems, flowers, buds, fruits, and roots potentially attacked. Aphids typically hide on the underside of leaves, attracting other insects such as ladybirds who feed on them.

Some signs of aphids in your plants are:

Yellow or misshapen leaves.
Sticky leaves or stems from aphids feeding on sap. This honeydew can attract ants to your plants.
Fruits and flowers can also look misshapen or deformed.
Sooty mould as a side effect of the aphids creating honeydew, which promotes fungal growth.

 

Prevention of Aphids

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A great way to help prevent an aphid infestation in your garden is to promote populations of ladybirds or other beneficial insects. Hoverflies, for example, can look a lot like wasps but they don’t sting at all. The adult hoverflies are vital pollinators for your garden and the larvae help to control pests like aphids.

Having beneficial insects in your garden is easy; plant a wide variety of plants and flowers to attract a varied range of insects, which often promotes beneficial insects to show up first. Parsley and carrots are early blooming plants with tiny flowers that, when left to bloom, help to bring beneficial insects in early spring. Mint, lavender, or sage are great plants to have to attract these insects at a later time.

Companion planting is also a great prevention method. Plants such as catnip help to repel aphids, and having garlic planted near lettuce and roses help to keep them away. Should you wish to attract aphids to other areas of your garden, plant mustard; aphids are very attracted to this plant and it serves as the perfect trap.

 

Controlling an Aphid Infestation

Spraying your plants with water every few days isn’t always enough, especially if the aphids in your garden have already spread to more than one plant. If you only found the aphids in your garden when it was too late, don’t worry! You can safely and effectively control them through the use of products for plant pest control such as Bugicide, which isn’t harmful to bees or birds.

This product is ideal for both outdoor or indoor growth of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. And, alongside aphids, you are also assured of other pest control such as whiteflies, spider mites, psyllids, scale, and mealybugs.

Giving your plants the best tools they can have to survive will give you a gorgeous garden with plenty of beautiful flowers. You can contact us on 01695 554 080 to know more about our plant growing products!

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