Basil or mint to deter aphids on pepper plants?

mvr2014August 11, 2014

Sorry to post this here, but it IS related to pepper plants, so...

I was wondering what's the best companion plant to deter aphids from my peppers. I read that basil or garlic can deter aphids. But then I also found other articles that talked about getting rid of aphids ON basil plants! Same with garlic, which is *supposed* to deter aphids!

So, which is it, really?

This post was edited by MVR2014 on Mon, Aug 11, 14 at 4:33

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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Basil doesn't "deter" aphids, it attracts them away from other plants.

Some plants like marigolds do (apparently) deter some insects, but I've never heard that aphids is one of them.

Garlic deters vampires.


    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 12:58PM
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judo_and_peppers(Tampa FL)

mint doesn't deter anything. it's supposed to attract insects that eat the bad bugs. I began to suspect that's because the mint plant attracts so many of the bad bugs that the wasps will come in to eat them. eventually. I found that growing mint did more harm than good.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 3:39PM
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flipback23(9 SF Bay)

I haven't had any luck with any of the companion planting either. I planted garlic and it had black aphids all over it lol same with marigolds. While my peppers still had green aphids. Best thing is diligent surveying of your plants, and spraying them off with water. I tried Neem and it never really worked for me either at least for long term deterrence. The one thing I found that actually seemed to keep them off was this peppermint/rosemary oil spray I got from walmart. Either that or they got tired of me spraying and squishing them.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 5:38PM
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