A few questions-aphids, citrus, bottlebrush tree

7 years ago

Hi there all you helpful Florida gardeners!
I had my winter garden almost completely taken out by aphids. Got all my cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and arugula. Never even saw the beets come up. The only things spared were radishes and carrots and onions (planted in other beds). The aphids are now attacking my two year old strawberry plants. I tried a strong garlic soap spray to no avail. I know lady bugs will help, but I still expect some cold snaps up here at night. Can I do lady bugs now?

I want to plant a couple or three citrus trees in the planting spot in front of our front porch. The spot I have picked is right up against a brick wall that gets lots of noon and afternoon sun. Should they be ok there without baking in the summer and freezing in the winter?

Lastly, my bottle brush tree turned very brown wih the freeze and ice we had last month. Leaves are a leather brown color and nothin has changed since the freeze. Is it dead?

I'm actually in 8a, made a mistake in my heading.

Thanks for any info!

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