If you want to rest easy knowing that your kale is safe from the clutches of an aphid swarm, use some of the techniques suggested below. Apparently my washing didn't get all of them. Don’t let the aphids eat all of your superfoods! A sink full of water, most people agreed, was the best way to clean the aphids off so you don’t disgust your dinner guests. Constantly monitor for signs of aphid damage or possibly colony infestations. This will allow larger nymphs to develop if present, which are easier to see than the minute eggs However, the different species can be identified by color and whether they appear to have a waxy or woolly coating. Then drain, rinse them off, and dry them. If there are only a few of them, you can prune the infested leaves. Spray horticultural oil to wipe out any aphid eggs on fruit trees. All aphids have pear-shaped bodies and long antennae. Once the aphids have been drowned and rinsed off, the greens are perfectly safe to eat. I have had them a ton on my roses and they don't bother me there at all. Don’t let them breed. I bought some organic kale. Anyhow, if some aphids are still stuck on some of the kale, is it safe to eat? Check the plants frequently: the aphids are often under the leaves or along the stems…hard places to reach. Use a magnifying glass or hand lens to check for whitefly eggs, nymphs, or adults. Many insects that damage kale, spread diseases overwinter in plant debris left in the garden at the end of the season. I washed them as best I could. However, large populations can stunt the growth of the plant or even kill it. Cabbage aphids can be devastating to kale and other crops. Not only did they take care of the aphids, but they layed eggs, so they’re the gift that keeps on giving. You might not be able to get rid of every last aphid, but you can significantly reduce their infestation. I think I’ll order some since I just got kale seeds from one of your sponsors… You can discourage aphids with a spray of cold water or a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid. After steaming, I found about 5 aphids in the left over water. The best way to remove the aphids is to submerge the vegetables in cold water for at least 10 minutes. Then, in the fall the nymphs will lay eggs that contain some male aphids. I had an aphid problem the first summer I was here in GA.   These nymphs then produce eggs asexually, producing more nymphs that grow to maturity in just one week. I later found a lot of the inner bunches with a bunch of aphids. If possible, quarantine new plants from your garden for 1-2 weeks. When bringing new plants home, check to ensure they are free of both whiteflies and viruses. Aphid Life Cycle . Submerge the kale completely and squish it around a lot. Actually, it should be safe to eat the aphids as well, it's just unappetizing. This is especially useful in removing soft-bodied aphids, which commonly attack kale. Roses are pretty prone to aphids, but you just spray them off really good for a few days and they don't come back. Salad spinners are perfect for this. Spray kale with strong jets of water from a garden hose to physically remove pests that may be on the leaves. Attract aphid predators. I order lady bugs on the web. Attract beneficial bugs that eat aphids, like ladybugs (lady beetles), lacewings, wasps, and more. Kale plant protection for next year’s crop begins after the fall harvest. They can help keep your kale protected from aphids. Aphids. Some aphids can be so tiny that they can only be seen under a microscope. You Can Clean the Kale. Fall cleanup, including disposal of plant debris and turning the soil to expose insects goes a long way toward preventing problems in the spring.. Kale Plant Protection The aphids float to the surface. That means that step 1 of aphid remove is - 1. 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