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    breuddwyd is offline Germinator
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    Default Help with (?infestation/?disease) on brussel sprouts plant






    After having a scourge of catterpillars during the good weather my brussel sprouts started growing well when the rains started, but I have just found 2 of my 7 plants have a funny grey coating on the head of the plant. I sprayed one with a fruit and veg pesticide and it actually knocked some of the grey gunk off and the plant tissue underneath still looked healthy and un-eaten

    Anyone know what this is and how to solve it?

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    Hi there,
    Your post was automatically moderated so I've OK'd it!
    Hopefully you will get lots of help.
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    Can't decide if it's a really bad mildew or an extreme attack of whitefly.

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    Aphids!!!!!!! They get right inside the sprouts making then almost inedible unless you like extra protein!
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    I donít think itís a disease Iíve had this before (every time I grow sprouts but not on every plant,they probably pick the best plants ) I squirt with water (with a garlic clove crushed into it & a 5p size amount of hand soap). Try to remove as much as you can,you see patches of it under leaves too.

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    defo aphids. you can take a forceful hose to them to wash them off to a certain degree
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    I used a hose to blow off most of the grey stuff (I still can't work out what it is, if it's a tiny insect they aren't moving around much, and some of the bigger flakes are definitly not part of a creature), managed to get mostly clean, opened up the leaves as much as I could as it had gotten into the innermost nooks and crannies. The brussel sprouts themselves are still extremely tiny, with no visible grey gunk on them, so I hope they havent been gotten into as no prospect of washing them off inside.

    Last night I squirted the leaves with water with fairy liquid in, though now I'm worried I had more soap to water than someone mentioned above...will that hurt the plant, should I go hose some more to wash it off?
    If they are insects and I've washed them into the soil around the plants, will they climb back up?

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    Should be fine but they reproduce fast,the washing up liquid would suffocate them I think,I don’t think they can climb back up,give it a day of rest then the next day squirt them again,it’s an endless thing but not as bad as the moths & caterpillars,they’re so destructive! The hard bits of grey are their soot coloured secretion.
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