Home Made Aphid Spray For Roses

Our little town house here in Pennsylvania doesn’t have much of a garden, we have quite a large corner lot but little in the way of flower beds. All of my gardening tools are still in storage, so aside from going out and buying a duplicate set, no new beds are going to be dug! We do however have two little beds outside the front door and I couldn’t help myself but give them a bit of love. I have planted a beautiful knockout rose, some small fountain grass and filled the rest of the space with bedding plants. I am currently watering them using a 2 gallon milk jug … because guess where my watering can is?!

roses and bedding plants for small garden

This is how it looked a few weeks ago.

However last week I was dismayed to see my beautiful rose was covered in nasty green aphids.

I am all for using the natural approach to dealing with garden pest ( remember my home made deer repellant ) so after a little research I had whipped up a simple home made spray for getting rid of those bugs.


  • 1 pint of water
  • 1 tsp dish detergent
  • few drops of vegetable oil
  • splash of vinegar

Most of the recipes I found were for huge batches but I only had a small spray bottle so I pared everything down. Add all the ingredient to your  bottle and give it a good shake to make it nice and foamy. Then simply spray away, preferably in the early morning so the roses don’t get burnt.

Within a day of doing this all the aphids were gone…it is a wonder liquid!

aphid spray for roses

Love from

Creative in Chicago ( now living in Pennsylvania!)


13 thoughts on “Home Made Aphid Spray For Roses

  1. I make my spray with 1 liter water i boil 1 teaspoon garlic and 1/2 an onion for 20 min then strain this liquidand add 1 teaspoon bicarb-soda 2 teaspoons vinegar 1teaspoon dish washing liquid shake let stand for a week then use its a great mixture for mildew as well your plants will grow beautifully…

  2. My Rose’s had some really bad friends that like hanging around my flowers. I asked them to spend the night. They said they would love to. They wanted to know what was for breakfast. I said it was a secret new recipe. They said they are dying to try it out….. I hope so.

      1. Thank you so so much for this concoction, I’ve been using it for a little under a week and already I’m starting to see results. I’m going to share this with my mother in law for her roses. She was using straight vinegar… I hope this’ll help her roses too. I totally agree with other recipes out there the batches are just wayyyy to big so thank you again for giving me something I can actually work with. Hoping my baby’s can grow big and strong without these nasty bugs. Thank you Alicia.

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