Neem Oil ~ 16 oz Bottle ~ Sourced from India ~
Neem Oil is derived from pressing the fruits and seeds of the Neem tree, Azadirachta indica. The benefits of Neem Oil are highly revered among users, as is the appreciation for the amazing tree that houses the means to obtain this awesome oil. The evergreen, fast growing Azadirachta indica tree grows up to 66 feet, with rare reports of trees that are 131 feet! The wide branches are home to 7.9 inch –15.7 inch long pinnate leaves with their many medium to dark green leaflets, and fragrant white flowers. The smooth, olive-like oval drupe fruit has a thin layer of skin, and yellowish-white fibrous bitter-sweet pulp. The hard inner white shell of the fruit contains brown coated seeds.
Neem oil foliar spray has been shown to be most useful when applied to young plant growth. The oil has a half life of three to 22 days in soil, but only 45 minutes to four days in water. It is nearly non-toxic to birds, fish, bees and wildlife, and studies have shown no cancer or other disease-causing results from its use. This makes neem oil very safe to use if applied properly.
Neem oil insecticide works as a systemic in many plants when applied as a soil drench. This means it is absorbed by the plant and distributed throughout the tissue. Once the product is in the plant’s vascular system, insects intake it during feeding. The compound causes insects to reduce or cease feeding, can prevent larvae from maturing, reduces or interrupts mating behavior and, in some cases, the oil coats the breathing holes of insects and kills them.
It is a useful repellent for mites and used to manage over 200 other species of chewing or sucking insects according to product information, including:
Neem oil fungicide
Neem oil fungicide is useful against fungi, mildews and rusts when applied in a 1 percent solution. It is also deemed helpful for other kinds of issues such as:
- Root rot
- Black spot
- Sooty mold
How to Apply Neem Oil Foliar Spray
Some plants can be killed by neem oil, especially if it is applied heavily. 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 there is no damage, then the plant should not be harmed by the neem oil.
Apply neem oil only in indirect light or in the evening to avoid foliage burning and to allow the treatment to seep into the plant. Also, do not use neem oil in extreme temperatures, either too hot or too cold. Avoid application to plants that are stressed due to drought or over watering.
Using neem oil insecticide about once a week will help kill pests and keep fungal issues as bay. Apply as you would other oil-based sprays, making sure the leaves are completely coated, especially where the pest or fungal problem is the worst.
Is Neem Oil Safe?
The packaging should give information on dosage. The highest concentration currently on the market is 3%. So is neem oil safe? When used properly, it is non-toxic. Never drink the stuff and be sensible if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant – out of all the neem oil uses, one that is currently being studied is its ability to block conception.
The EPA says the product is generally recognized as safe, so any residual amount left on food is acceptable; however, always wash your produce in clean, potable water before consumption.
There has been concern about the use of neem oil and bees. Most studies specify that if neem oil is used inappropriately, and in massive quantities, it can cause harm to small hives, but has no effect on medium to large hives. Additionally, since neem oil insecticide does not target bugs that do not chew on leaves, most beneficial insects, like butterflies and ladybugs, are considered safe.
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