Using Orange Juice for Aphids on Roses?

Can I squeeze oranges all over my rose to kill aphids?


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December 12, 20201 found this helpful

It is NOT recommended to use straight citrus juice on the plants, as the acids can harm the plant and the fresh juice may attract other unwanted pests. I did find three easy mixtures you CAN use safely.

# 1. Add 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap and 1 teaspoon vegt. oil in a 1 quart spray bottle, then top off bottle with water. Shake well and spray the plants every 2 to 3 days....more often if it rains.

# 2. Take any size spray bottle and fill to 1/3 with white distilled vinegar and 2/3 with water. Shake to mix and spray plants to kill aphids and their larvae on contact. Repeat if needed.

# 3. Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1/2 tablespoon vegt. oil, and 2 liters (just under 1/2 gallon) of water. Mix well in a spray bottle and apply every 2 to 3 days...more often if it rains after spraying.


I hope this helps cure the problem. Good luck.

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December 12, 20200 found this helpful

The juice doesn't really help. It's the orange peel, Aphids and other insects do not like the scent of the peel. In return the Aphids stay away from your roses, it's a natural repellant . Also banana peels are also great to get rid of Aphids and makes a great compost for your rose garden. -

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December 12, 20200 found this helpful

Orange oil, maybe. Some people swear by it, but if you have a lot of wild life around, it can be dangerous to them, so be very careful.

Orange juice, no. You will attract ants and if there are bees and wasps and flies still around, those too. Big NO!

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December 13, 20200 found this helpful

I have several large rose bushes and I keep Neem Oil on hand as it is organic and biodegradable - a natural product and will work on all of the bugs/insects/black spot on roses and does help with problems on many other plants but mainly it is environmentally safe for all plants, humans and pets. Neem Oil has been recommended for many years and is a really good product to have around if you have roses or almost any kind of other plants.


Sometimes I add a few drops of blue Dawn but that is not necessary.
Neem Oil can be purchased at any garden center or online and it is not expensive because you add water to the oil and a small container goes a long way/lasts a long time.

You just need some sort of sprayer as you have to mix the Neem oil with water but any kind of sprayer will work.

Spme information about Neem Oil:

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December 19, 20200 found this helpful

I use insecticidal soap and that works well.

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