Neem oil insecticide is a very effective method to prevent pests and at the same time boost your plants. Neem oil is extracted from the seeds and other parts of the neem tree in india, it is therefore a natural and ecological way of treating your plants and edible crops as it leaves no dangerous residue in the soil and effectively reduces or kills pests, prevents root rot and protects the plants form powdery mildew.
Neem oil foliar spray has been proved to be more effective during the first stages of maturity of the plant, as it is in the beginning stages that the plant is more susceptible to diseases.
The way the oil works is by entering the vascular system of the plants either by foliar spray or watering the plants with your solution. The insects will then feed of your plant and the natural chemicals will cause them to stop feeding. It is a useful repellent against mites, whiteflies, scales amongst a long list of pests. It also prevents your plants from developing root rot and other fungal diseases making it the perfect ally for a gardener that wishes to protect their plants and crops ecologically.
You can either buy an already made solution or you can make it yourself as we did as it allows you to make a lot more of it. We bought some neem oil from Indian manufacturers and proceeded to make the solution.
To do this simply use a old bottle and dilute 5ml of neem oil into 1L of water and 1-2 ml of natural ecological detergent (optional, If you do not use soap the mix will leave some oil residue, this is not a problem as you can further dilute it with more water).
To apply the solution to your plants you can either spray the foliage or water the plants soil, we suggest using a spray bottle to spray your plants.
Do not apply during direct sunlight and before spraying a an entire plant, test a small area on the plant and wait 24 hours to check to see if the leaf has any damage. If not then its is safe to fumigate the entire plant. It is also important to avoid application to plants that are stressed due to over watering or drought.
We have used this mix on our Avocado trees and it has had a very good result in getting rid of the insects that were sucking on the sap, curling their leaves. Now the young trees are thriving again.
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