Today, I will be talking about dual purpose controls for pests and diseases.
It’s not always necessary to run to the store if you see something wrong with your plants. You probably have most of the items I’ll mention at home already!
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Cinnamon oil and tea
Ants, fungus gnats, spider mites, aphids, trips and whiteflies have 2 things in common: they annoy us and they do not like cinnamon. Cinnamon also helps against powdery mildew!
You can make your own cinnamon spray very easily with a tablespoon of cinnamon and a quart water. This should control pests around your plant. Another recipe for the spray is making cinnamon tea with 1 1/2 pints of water and adding 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. When this has cooled off to room temperature, you can add 1 pint of rubbing alcohol. Then strain, put it in a spray bottle and get to work.
Neem oil is a natural insecticide (active ingredient: azadirachtin) which stops white flies, mealy bugs, ants and more insects from feeding and developing. Neem oil also has fungicidal properties which will help against powdery mildew, root rot, Septoria and gray mold.
It is considered an organic control, it has a low toxicity factor for humans, animals and beneficial bugs. When you use this as a foliar spray, test a small part of your plant first to see if it’s well tolerated. If it works, spray your leaves lightly at night so the leaves absorb the oil overnight.
Other than keeping vampires away, garlic helps us humans by strengthening the immune system. Our favorite plants also build their immune system with garlic, and it has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
After you’ve made your own garlic spray, you can apply it to any new growth. Don’t use too much of it though, because you could kill beneficial insects with the garlic spray as well.
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