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Aphids and Tomatoes

Posted by tangerine_z6 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 19, 12 at 19:19

Two of my three potted tomato plants have aphids. I have used a strong spray of water to knock them off but notice them returning within 6 hours or so. Can I spray water enough times to get ahead of them and keep them off, or, is there another alternative?

Do sunflowers and zinnias host aphids? I have these in the direction of my water spray! Dislike aphids from my past experience with them!

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RE: Aphids and Tomatoes

I squish them and they never come back. :) I do this daily when the tomato plants are small, but when they are overgrowing their cages with bountiful leaves, I'm less anal about keeping a daily aphid-smooshing routine. :)

RE: Aphids and Tomatoes

A weak solution of dish soap works but killing them by hand is what I do these days. I had a lot of aphids on my tomato when I transplanted them out so I killed as many as I could find by hand twice a week. Once the plants start to take off I no longer notice much aphids on there. I would suggest making sure your plants are as healthy and vigorous as possible because healthy tomato plants can easily outgrow limited amount of aphid damage.

I am more concerned about aphids if I see them on my rose bushes.

RE: Aphids and Tomatoes

The excess nitrogen your tomatoes are getting is more harmful than the aphids. Fix the fertilizer problem and the aphids will go away.

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