Seedlings & Aphids

Tomatoes and peppers in my office are growing like crazy, and at 4 weeks old, it is time for them to start getting some sun outdoors. Yesterday they spend several hours out in the garden, enjoying the cool, sunny weather with minimal wind.

I hope the weather is nice next week, because these guys definitely need to get outside more! Unfortunately, the flats of peppers that were on the lowest shelf of the light stand have been infested with aphids. I suspect that the aphids came from the rosemary plant that has been residing in my office.

You can kind of see several aphids on this pepper plant. I got some neem oil/pyrethrin spray and gave all the peppers a good dose of it. As soon as the plants have dried, I’ll bring them back inside. I’m afraid of leaving them out too long with an oil spray on them, because it might result in the leaves getting a little too scorched from the bright sunlight. Hopefully that will keep the aphids in check until we get everything planted.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on April 27, 2011, in Around the Garden, Insects Abound! and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My pepper plants are still fairly small, but yours are looking amazing!

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