I steamed the kale. You can discourage aphids with a spray of cold water or a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid. Once the aphids have been drowned and rinsed off, the greens are perfectly safe to eat. Submerge the kale completely and squish it around a lot. I washed them as best I could. All aphids have pear-shaped bodies and long antennae. Cabbage aphids can be devastating to kale and other crops. Aphids. However, the different species can be identified by color and whether they appear to have a waxy or woolly coating. I bought some organic kale. Attract beneficial bugs that eat aphids, like ladybugs (lady beetles), lacewings, wasps, and more. Spray kale with strong jets of water from a garden hose to physically remove pests that may be on the leaves. This is especially useful in removing soft-bodied aphids, which commonly attack kale. Many insects that damage kale, spread diseases overwinter in plant debris left in the garden at the end of the season. Salad spinners are perfect for this. I order lady bugs on the web. Some aphids can be so tiny that they can only be seen under a microscope. That means that step 1 of aphid remove is - 1. Don’t let the aphids eat all of your superfoods! They can help keep your kale protected from aphids. This will allow larger nymphs to develop if present, which are easier to see than the minute eggs You might not be able to get rid of every last aphid, but you can significantly reduce their infestation. 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. 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 Then, in the fall the nymphs will lay eggs that contain some male aphids. Then drain, rinse them off, and dry them. Attract aphid predators. Aphid Life Cycle . Apparently my washing didn't get all of them. Aphid eggs overwinter attached to plants, then hatch as nymphs in the spring. I had an aphid problem the first summer I was here in GA. Remove any aphids and dispose of them when spotted. If possible, quarantine new plants from your garden for 1-2 weeks.   These nymphs then produce eggs asexually, producing more nymphs that grow to maturity in just one week. However, large populations can stunt the growth of the plant or even kill it. The best way to remove the aphids is to submerge the vegetables in cold water for at least 10 minutes. I discovered that aphids (the bugs) are really common on kale. You can recognize them by their white, waxy coating. Not only did they take care of the aphids, but they layed eggs, so they’re the gift that keeps on giving. I think I’ll order some since I just got kale seeds from one of your sponsors… Check the plants frequently: the aphids are often under the leaves or along the stems…hard places to reach. Anyhow, if some aphids are still stuck on some of the kale, is it safe to eat? You Can Clean the Kale. Don’t let them breed. The aphids float to the surface. Roses are pretty prone to aphids, but you just spray them off really good for a few days and they don't come back. When bringing new plants home, check to ensure they are free of both whiteflies and viruses. I have had them a ton on my roses and they don't bother me there at all. Kale plant protection for next year’s crop begins after the fall harvest. Use a magnifying glass or hand lens to check for whitefly eggs, nymphs, or adults. Constantly monitor for signs of aphid damage or possibly colony infestations. Kale is usually grown as as an annual plant, harvested after one growing season and can reach a height of 1 m (3.3 ft). Spray horticultural oil to wipe out any aphid eggs on fruit trees. 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. 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