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Blackfly Infestation On Cherry Tree/Growing Parsley.

Discussion in 'NEW Gardeners !' started by Goku, May 7, 2018.

  1. Goku

    Goku Apprentice Gardener

    Jun 22, 2017
    Rochester, Kent
    I'll keep it short. I have a Stella cherry tree. My neighbour bought a cherry tree and has decided to leave it. Their cherry tree is absolutely covered in blackfly. The last couple years my tree always gets infested. Last year I bought native ladybug larva, they ate almost everything up, breed and ate the rest then left. I've gone out again this year and I'm starting to get the infestation again. Their tree is covered once again, nothing new there. I've checked the tree over and there were predators on the tree. Spiders, some caterpillars and a few ladybugs. I assume the ladybugs are either coincidental or their off spring returned. I'm going to be buying a grease band for the base to stop the ants and some other bits and bobs. I personally don't like spraying pesticides or poisons onto anything I grow. I have read that apparently Parsley is good for attracting ladybugs and since it's relatively easy to grow it would be a good attraction for predators, though I knew this will be for next year. My question is, does Parsley actually attract predators? I want something that may be passive in helping me combat this issue I have every year. A side from that what do you think I can do to solve this issue?
  2. Verdun

    Verdun Passionate gardener

    Oct 16, 2012
    West Cornwall
    Not sure Goku.....is the ground very dry there? Ants could be nesting there and farming those aphids. Watering the tree and mulching may help.
    Dont think parsley will make a difference there.....I do know it attracts carrot fly! :noidea:
    There are nematodes for ants. Blackfly usually infest the softer new growth so how about spraying with a soap mix?:)
  3. Marley Farley

    Marley Farley Affable Admin! Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Gardener Councillor Governor Homemaker
    Under the Edge Zone 8b
    Wevhad a tree that suffered with it, as did my neighbours but I just let nature sort it out as I couldn’t really see it.. Anyway, next door chopped theirs down and we never had the problem again.. Not sure that really helps though.. After that soapy water..! ;):thumbsup:
  4. Redwing

    Redwing Wild Gardener

    Mar 22, 2009
    I have the same problem with Stella. I try to keep on top of it by having a birdfeeder hanging in the tree all year to attract the tits who while waiting their turn at the feeder eat a few aphids....that's the theory. Also I pick off any infested leaves or shoots as soon as I see signs of aphids like the curling leaves. My tree is relativly small and don't know what I'll do when it's too big to reach infested leaves.

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