I had to throw one of my indoor pepper plants on the compost the other day because it was totally infested with aphids.
I had hoped that all the other pepper plants dotted about the house (four of them) would be spared. Unfortunately, the prize plant by the back foot, which has several fruit growing on it, has also succumbed, though so far I have been able to pick off the offending creatures.
Not wanting to chance anymore plant losses – and certainly wanting as many peppers as I can – I decide it was time to take an offensive position. Thus, I came across a recipe for citrus insecticide.
This is very simple. Basically, it requires some orange peel which is steeped in warm water overnight. Except there were no instructions on whether the water was to remain warm, so it was actually orange peel in increasingly cold water in my case.
Whether or not this effort to combat aphids works remains to be seen. I did enjoy eating the orange itself, though, and the diningroom smelled lovely this morning!