I have several stands of Autumn Joy Sedum. It is a lovely and carefree perennial that blooms late in the summer and early fall. Starting out a beautiful blush pink the flowers gradually turn a vibrant rusty red color.
My only complaint with the plant is that aphids seem to love it. Nothing else in my garden is usually troubled with aphids except this.
When weeding this bed I took a couple pieces of this plant and potted it up for a girlfriend that had requested a start of it after seeing mine in full bloom..
When I went to water it the other day I found aphids. I knew if these little starts had it the parent plant had it. Sure enough they were there hiding under the leaves. Black aphids!
It was time to make a concoction, I took a cup of my homegrown garlic minced up and put it in a half gallon jar of water. Then I let it sit for about 3 days. Boy was it powerful smelling.
Then I strained the garlic out and put the garlic water in a 5 gallon sprayer .
I added enough water to make about 2 gallons of spray. Then added about 1 Tablespoon of liquid soap. I buy the cheap WalMart Liquid Soap in the giant container for about $3.50 and it last me for years. This is all I use it for is bug sprays. After you add the soap mix well by shaking or with a wooden spoon.
I sprayed this on both the large Autumn Joy Sedum in my flower bed, the surrounding plants and mulch and the young plants I started in pots. What was left over I sprayed along my front porch to discourage bugs along the house and especially around both screen doors. I'll wait about a week and see if they are gone if not I'll spray it again until they are under control. Everything on the porch smells of garlic but look on the bright side...we shouldn't have any vampires!
What do you do for aphids?
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