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Helping Your Plants With A Neem Oil

por Blanca Mailey (2020-08-24)

What is N?em Oil?
Neem oil comes from the tree Azadirac?ta indica, a ?outh Asian and Ind?an plant common as an ornament?l shade tre?. It has many traditional uses ?n ?ddition to its insecticidal pro?et?es. For centuries, the seeds have b?en used in wax, oil and soap pr?par?tions. It is currently an ingredient in many organic cosmeti? products too. Neem oil can be extracted from most parts of t?e tree, but the seeds hol? the highest concentr?tion of the insecticidal ?ompound. T?e effecti?e compound is Azadirachin, and it is found in highest amounts in the seeds. There ?re numerous neem oil uses, but gardeners hail it fo? its anti-fungal and pesticide properties. Neem Oil Uses in the Gard?n
Neem oil has been shown to be most useful ?hen applied to young plant growth. T?e oil h?s a half lif? of three to 22 days in soil, but ?nly 45 minutes t? four days in water. It is nearly non-toxic to birds, fish, bees and wildlife, and stud?es have shown no cancer or other dis?as?-causing results from ?ts use. This makes neem oil very safe to use if applied properly.
Neem oil insecticide
Neem oil insectici?e works as a systemic in many plants when applied as ? ??il drench. This means it is absorbed by the plant and distrib?ted t??oughout the tissu?. Once the product is in the plant’s vascular system, insects intake it d?ring feeding. The compound causes insects to reduce or cease feeding, can prevent larvae from matur?ng, reduces ?r inter?upts mating behavior and, in some cases, t?e oil ?oats the breat?ing hol?s of insects and kills them. It is a useful repellent for mites and used to manage o?er 200 other species of chewing o? sucking insects according to product information, including: Aphids Mealybugs Scale Whiteflies
Neem oil fungicide
Neem oil fungicide is ?seful against fungi, mi?dews and rusts when applied in a 1 percent solution. It is ?lso deemed helpful for other kinds of issue? such a?: Root rot Black spot Sooty mol?
How to Apply Neem Oil
S?me plants can be killed by neem oil, especially if it is applied heavily. Before spraying a an entire plant, test a small area on th? ?lant and wait 24 hours to check t? see if the leaf has any damage. If there is no dama?e, then the p?ant sh?uld not be harmed by the neem oil. Apply neem o?l ?nly in indirect l?ght or in the evening to avoid fo??age burning and to all?w the treatment to seep into t?e plant. Also, do not use neem oil in extreme t?mpe?ature?, eithe? t?o hot or too ?old. Avo?? application to plants that are ?tressed due to drought or o?er ?at?ring. Using neem oil insecticide about once a week will ??lp kill pest? and ke?p fungal ?ssues as ba?. Apply as you wou?d oth?r oil-based sprays, making sure the leaves are completely coated, esp?ciall? where the pest or fungal ?roblem is the worst. Is Ne?m Oil Safe? Th? packaging should give information on dosage. The hi?he?t concentration currently on the mar?et is 3%. So is neem oil safe? When used properly, it is non-toxic. N?ver drink the stuff and be sensible if you are ?regnant or trying to get pr?gnant – out of all the neem oil uses, one that is currently being studie? is its ability to block concepti?n. The EPA says the product is ?enerally r?cognized as safe, s? any residual amount ?eft on food ?s acceptabl?; howe?er, always wash your prod?ce in c?ean, potable water before consumption. There has been concern about the use of neem o?? and bee?. M?st studies specify that if neem oil is used inappropriately, and in massive quantities, it c?n cause harm to small hives, b?t has no effect on medium to large hi?es. Additionally, since neem oil insecticide does not target bugs that do not chew on leaves, most beneficia? insects, like butterflies and ladybugs, are ?onsi?ered safe.