I have two indoor mini rose plants. I have been determined to keep them alive, mainly because the person who gifted them to me over a year ago stated that he did not believe I could keep them thriving. Them there's fightin' words, Buddy!
I have recently ordered a new, more spacious pot to re-pot them together with some delicious Miracle-Gro for their dining pleasure.
We have a loving bond, these beauties and I.
Which is why it hurts me so that aphids are trying to develop a rather destructive relationship with my little Rosies.
Battle One: I tried running lukewarm water over the Rosies and gently rubbing each stem to clear the pests, promptly squishing them between my thumb and index finger. This did practically no good. I swear the squished remains sprout back into five more pests!
Battle Two: I tried the home remedy of warm water and soap. I accidentally didn't wash off enough of the soap and practically killed the Rosies sans help of the aphids. That did the trick for a little while - the Rosies even grew back healthier and more full than ever.
Battle Three: I found four aphidinators - clearly the soap-resistant strain. I sprayed the Rosies down and then sprinkled cayenne pepper all over them. This seems to be working (kill aphids, not kill Rosies) for the time being.
Any advice for my Great Aphid War?