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Pests ob Chilli plants


 
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Yorky
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:23 pm    Post subject: Pests ob Chilli plants Reply with quote

I've moved my chilli plants indoors but I'm losing the war against aphids and whitefly.

I've searched for an organic insecticidal soap but cannot find one. Does anyone know where to get it from?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm keeping mine managable by inverting my plants in a bucket of water with a decent squirt of ecological washing up powder/liquid. I cover the soil with my hand, but always loose a bit off the top. This is not a problem because I top them up with fresh soil and the aphids that had droped onto the soil surface are washed away too. After giving them a good dip and swilling them arround a bit, I stand them outside for a short while to dry. I then give the soil a good soaking with clean water before bringing them back indoors. I tip the bucket with the washed off aphids onto the wild ground so that any survivers - and I think they do despite being displaced - can make a life elsewhere.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Compost or vermicompost tea, or simply a really good top dressing with vermicompost can really help protect plants from all types of aphid. (And other pests with an exoskeleton).
I had some kind of infestation on an indoor tomato plant (I'm keeping it because I don't know the variety and it's the nicest cherry I've ever eaten- I want to take cuttings in a few months)- and a top dressing with worms poop a few days ago is already showing dividends. I didn't want to spray with anything (in my case worm tea) because it's right beside my computer!
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