6 days ago
On aphids- yup spring new growth is happening for all those we want and also those we want less!
This Kalanchoe was getting mobbed and though not my favourite house plant, she came to me for 20p and has thrived so well, that I couldn't bare it. Conflab with our house horticulturalist @isi.framm revealed that yes, my allotment skills transfer, spraying mild soap on the patch or giving her a shower here. Some use sellotape, to pick them off, but though I'd time on my hands between marking dissertations today, I've not the patience to spend with taped fingers in her dense foliage, a shower in tepid water seemed much less brutal. Wrapped her in a bag to avoid overwatering and cleaned her pot to ensure there is no pond for future guests.
NB whilst I love the 50s packaging of fairy, she was actually washed in @methodcleaningproducts
@getbusygardening has a great blog on why to avoid chemicals for plants, home, life.
Kamal the Kalanchoe is now bug free and happy for now! Happy Sunday plant lovers ❤🍃🌿🍀💕 #aphids #naturalpesticides #naturalcleaning #kalanchoe #plantparenthood #houseplantsofinstagram #savetheplants #houseplantlove