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Home Remedy for Aphid Spray for Roses

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Aphids are common garden pests that are particularly attracted to roses. Aphids congregate in large clusters, especially on young buds, and spoil the aesthetic value of a rose plant. They can weaken buds and stunt foliage growth. You can knock small aphid infestations off a rose plant with a strong spray from the hose. Larger infestations may require the use of insecticidal soap, which is easy to make with ingredients found in your kitchen.

Step 1

Combine the vegetable oil, dishwashing liquid and water, and pour the solution into a spray bottle or tank sprayer.

Step 2

Saturate the infested parts of the rose plant, including the undersides of the leaves.

Step 3

Use the garden hose to wash the insecticidal soap off the rose plant after three hours has passed.

Tips and Warnings

  • To avoid burning the rose, do not spray it during the hottest part of the day. Spray in the early morning or evening.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. dish-washing liquid
  • 2 cups water
  • Spray bottle or tank sprayer


  • Oregon State University: Using Home Remedies to Control Garden Pests
  • Southern Nevada Water Authority: Pest Control

Who Can Help

  • Washington State University Extension: Guides for Insecticidal Soap
Keywords: homemade insecticidal soap, homemade aphid spray, aphids on roses, aphids from rose, homemade aphid remedy, homemade aphid spray

About this Author

Victoria Hunter has been a freelance writer since 2005, providing writing services to small businesses and large corporations worldwide. She writes for Ancestry.com, GardenGuides and ProFlowers, among others. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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