Brussels sprouts are full of aphids. Can you help?
are many products you could use to control aphids on Brussels sprouts,
but as aphids can get right in among the curled-up leaves, you'd
just end up with dead aphids in the sprouts when you come to eat
them and there's also the risk of spray residue from some products
remaining in and on the plant for some time.
Aphids don't like cold
weather, yet Brussels sprouts actually grow best in cool conditions,
so if you try to have your sprouts growing mostly over the cool
autumn and winter months, you should avoid some risk of aphid problems.
However, as sprouts can
take up to five months from sowing to harvesting, there is the chance
of aphid attack during a warm autumn.
In this case, I'd use
a contact pesticide like Derris Dust, Mavrik or Garlic & Pyrethrum
as soon as the first few aphids appear. Don't wait until the sprouts
themselves are full of bugs. However, even if there are a few aphids
in the sprouts, you should be able to rinse most of them out and
the others won't do you any harm once they're cooked!
Gardener, Issue 177, 2005, Page 30
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.