Although poppies are very robust and resistant, they are not always immune to diseases and pests. Aphids in particular can severely affect the plant. Now quick help is needed.Aphid infestation Beloved plants protect gardeners like their own eyeball. However, this is not always a guarantee that the plant will not be attacked by pests sooner or later. It is rare for poppies because the plant is very robust and resistant. But it can happen. Aphids and poppy seed burn in particular are special diseases that can severely affect poppy seeds.
However, if you discover the infestation quickly and intervene quickly, you can still save your plant.
Poppies: the most common pests and diseases
Aphids camouflage themselves well and can only be recognized if you look closely. You often only discover the infestation when the leaves curl up. Numerous aphids gather under the leaves, which really add to the poppy plant. The shoots wither away, the plant stops growing, the blooms suffer.
Syringes with home-made nettle liquid help against aphids.
Spraying with a soft soap solution is not organic, but very successful. The soap solution does not harm the plant and the soil. Put a tablespoon of soft soap in 500 milliliters of hot water. When the soap has dissolved, add 500 milliliters of cold water and a tablespoon of methylated spirits. Fill the finished solution into a squirt bottle and spray the poppy plants regularly, preferably in the evening, once or twice a week until the aphids have disappeared.
In a garden with balanced planting, beneficial organisms that feed on aphids often settle on their own. Ladybugs, lacewings and gall mites are natural enemies of lice.
The poppy seed brandy is a bacterial disease that spreads particularly when moisture is persistent. The outer signs are transparent spots on the leaves, which later turn brown.
Protection from moisture "from above" is often difficult in latitudes at home. However, with a sufficient distance between the individual plants, you can ensure that the poppies dry at least quickly after a downpour. Affected plants must be completely removed and destroyed so that the poppy seed fire does not spread any further.
Downy mildew is caused by a fungus. On the underside of the leaves you can see a whitish-gray covering that feels velvety. The top of the leaves get yellow and brown spots, which can also extend to the stems.
Preventive extracts from horsetail or garlic broth are used for prevention. You can only fight the infestation with fungicides.