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Stop Greenfly with washing liquid - how much?
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Old 19-05-2008, 8:17 PM
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Default Stop Greenfly with washing liquid - how much?


I have heard that I can get rid of the greenfly on my strawberry plants with a mixture of water and washing up liquid. What concentration would I use? If I filled up a spray bottle with water, how many drops of washing up liquid would I put in? Also does it flavour the fruit?

I plan to wipe off the greenfly with cotton wool and water first, then spray as a deterent. Does that sound okay?

I am sure you can already tell that I am a novice - this is my first year of growing anything at all

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Old 19-05-2008, 8:30 PM
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am sure someone who really knows will be along to help out soon but l have always just emptied bowl that have washed up in over plants when cool-not greasy water or full of bits of course!Sothats usual few squirts!!!!has not killed my roses yet!!!!
this money saving is such fun
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Old 19-05-2008, 8:32 PM
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I've done this in past years(but only on flowers) I put a generous squirt( perhaps about a tablespoon?) in a spray bottle and topped up with water. It works as it makes it very hard for them to get a grip on the plant. i would imagine it would be ok for strawberries as well.
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Old 19-05-2008, 8:35 PM
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It would probably be worth getting some proper garden soft soap, specially for dealing with things like greenfly, you use such a small amount so it will last for ages, no worries about using the wrong type of thing.
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