Originally Posted by Cheryl J
Yep, that's what it is!
There are sooo many aphids on it this year.
I've just been researching ordering ladybugs online. Think I might do that. They say that if the ladybugs are put on the plant after sunset that they will likely stay, since they don't fly at night.
Hmm. The soap spray might be the best thing to try first, Cheryl, or even a really hard water spray from the hose. It's the lady bug larvae that actually do most of the aphid eating, and from what I've read and seen, the lady bugs still take off at the first opportunity. An all-purpose organic spray that has served me very well is Pyola, a combo of pyrithrins and canola oil, that I get from Gardens Alive.
I have vinca vine all over, have not seen any aphid infestations. After the winter we've had, I don't expect many bugs this year!