Keeping an eye out
Wednesday April 24th 2024, 9:03 pm
Filed under: Garden

My Stella sweet cherry. It looks like it’s going to be a good year for it again. There is an Erva cage protecting its trunk from the rabbit in the bushes.

I had two apricot seedlings last year whose growth tips got killed by a heat wave not long after sprouting–they didn’t make it past two inches tall. But I knew from experience that if I just kept at it, winter would hit the reset button and they would grow normally this spring. A leaf or three was enough till then.

And they did, they are making up for lost time. It’s so gratifying.

Yesterday I saw a couple of leaves along the branch on one that seemed…odd. But they were too small to really see and I figured just let them grow and show themselves, I mean, typically you get a tiny new leaf tip and it grows out to a whole new branch when they’re at that stage.

This evening there were a lot more of them and it definitely demanded more attention.

I squinted. I got close. I found myself keenly aware that the retina surgeon is next week. I took pictures so I could embiggen them, but the camera kept focusing on the actual leaves and the breeze kept moving the thing and this was the best I could get.

I stayed there with my face right in it, trying to see–when suddenly the teeniest, tiniest clear wing went up. I went after it and found myself with green bug squish on my fingers.

There it was. I knew I’d better deal with them fast before they spread. But how? I didn’t have any Safer soap.

I ran in the house and grabbed a Kleenex. I very very gently held it around that fragile little branch and slowly carefully killed the lot of them. What was either black bug poop or bug eggs showed up against the white tissue as well. As far as I could tell I got everything.

I walked around the outside of the house to the city’s lidded compostables bin to get rid of it to try to make sure there were no escapees, then went over my four other apricot seedlings ages 1-5 years but found no trace of the little monsters.

Dr. Google says green aphids.

I am getting me some plant-friendly Safer soap from the local nursery pronto.

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Yikes! Those little buggers.

Comment by ccr in MA 04.25.24 @ 5:01 am

Ick! Yes! One of my pluot tree is infested. I’ve been using a homemade soap solution, but they keep coming back. I’ll try Safer today. Thanks.

Comment by DebbieR 04.25.24 @ 7:37 am

Oh, good luck with the aphids.

My little apricot tree is just now breaking bud! Each day the little green nibs move one tiny step from imitating aphid to becoming an actual leaf, though they are closer to aphid for now. I hadn’t reported in on it because I was almost afraid it hadn’t made it, but now I’m hopeful.

Comment by Ellen 05.01.24 @ 10:35 am

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