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By Jcee

berks., United Kingdom Gb

I know I should have known better but I went away for a couple (two days) of days and now my cherry plum tree
is smothered with green fly!-took action by spraying the tree,luckily its ownly about six foot tall but to my horror
found that my plum tree was infested.Took action again
and it looks a soory mess. Is there any preventable
action that I could have taken,so that next time I take two days off I'm not hit with this disaster!!



Welcome back Jcee! No, nothing you could do to prevent aphid infestation, other than spraying with a systemic insecticide prior to going away. Not a great idea on fruiting trees, only certain ones can be used on those, best to treat when the problem arrives.

23 Jun, 2012


Just as I thought, lets hope the plum tree recovers. The cherry plum seems to be ok now and beginning to show new leaves so maybe my Victoria plum will do the same!!

23 Jun, 2012


I find that greenfly hate antibacterial fairy liquid with eucalyptus (diluted!). But of course with the rain we've had lately it would just wash it straight off anyway.

23 Jun, 2012


I've read that companion planting against aphids works by using garlic bulbs next to plant that is troubled by them. It works for me with roses, I don't know if it would work for your tree but may be worth a try. Good luck.

23 Jun, 2012


Thank you Fuchsia fan and Juliernorth-never thought about companion plants,though bit akward with my trees!
That's exactly what my wife said,use diluted fairy liquid!!
Thank you both.

24 Jun, 2012

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