Home remedy for aphids spray for roses

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Home remedy for aphids spray for roses
Inspect plants regularly to avoid serious insect infestations. (Jardins de Villandry - Rose jaune et rose image by albillottet from Fotolia.com)

Aphids are tiny soft-bodied insects that frequently attack roses. They usually cluster around flower buds but can also be found on leaves. Gardeners can make their own spray to help rid their plants of this pest.

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Using soap or oil in a homemade insecticide is called a mechanical kill. It smothers aphids, unlike chemicals, which poison them.

Home remedy for aphids spray for roses
Aphids are usually spotted on buds first, but they can be found on other plant surfaces. (aphids on a rose bud image by Renata Osinska from Fotolia.com)

Soap or Oil Spray

Mix 3 tbsp of dish soap with a gallon of water for small numbers of aphids. Alternatively, you can mix 1 tsp vegetable oil, 1 tsp dish soap and 1 cup of water for infested roses. Put in a sprayer and coat all plant surfaces twice a day until aphids are gone.

Home remedy for aphids spray for roses
Mix soap by the gallon and pour into sprayers like this for easy application. (green spray bottle image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Warning

The addition of oil can make a spray coat a plant better, but it is important not to apply it during the heat of the day. To avoid leaf burn, only apply in early morning or evening.

Home remedy for aphids spray for roses
If your rose leaves look discoloured, it is a good idea to take a few to a plant nursery for evaluation. (wet rose leaf 4 image by Cesar Andrade from Fotolia.com)

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