What a great way to greet the Tennessee Agricultural Greenhouse inspector - a crop of Aphids! I had an infection of the little varmints a month or so ago but thought I had gotten rid of them. This Brugmansia was the culprit the first time but it was Aphid free at the time of my inspection.
In the mean time I had taken in a few plants that belonged to my neighbor who was going to Florida for an extended vacation. He talked me into feeding a stray cat and the birds at his house too. Quite honestly, I didn't think the too were compatible but I'm a softy for critters so I agreed. That was before I knew he was leaving for six weeks!
I immediately took my neighbors plants outside and far away from the greenhouse. I sprayed them but will not put them back inside. Next the Rosemary was soaped down and moved outside. We still have a chance of cold weather but they will be OK. The Hibiscus and Oregano will have to stay in but they got a drenching top and bottom with Safer soap too. I cleaned out all damaged leaves and stems and put them in a covered trash container - no compost for these.