Neem Oil is an organic solution used as a pesticide against insects, mites, or fungi bothering your plants. It is used medicinally and in the cosmetics industry as an organic insecticide spray.
Organic gardeners love that the oil is safe to use: It will not harm humans or animals, and it's safe even for most wildlife since its insecticidal properties are targeted to specific pests that damage plants.
Our Neem Oil Recipe for Houseplants
Pure Neem Oil concentrate is more powerful than ready-to-use sprays. So you should dilute it before applying it to your plants:
☘ Neem Oil may cause damage to sensitive plants, so test a small area and wait 24 hours for signs of leaf damage.
☘ Simply mix 1 teaspoon (5ml) of emulsified Neem Oil, 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) of mild liquid soap, with (1L) of warm water.
☘ Spray the mixture on both sides of plants’ foliage, stems, and soil.
☘ If your plant is placed in a sunny spot, Let the plants dry in the shade for about 2-3 days before putting them back in the sun.
☘ Remember to fully emulsify the Neem Oil before adding it to the water. Otherwise, you may end up with some undiluted neem that can cause sunburn damage to the leaves.
☘ Don’t forget to shake the neem oil before using it again. Neem Oil will try to re-separate from the water with time.
☘ Use Neem Oil biweekly as a preventative measure. If you’re trying to control an active pest infestation, spray your plants with Neem Oil every week.
☘ This is our recipe that we use in-house. You may use your own recipe if you’re comfortable with.
Apply Directly to the Soil
Applying Neem Oil directly to the soil will protect your plants’ root from pests, such as fungus gnats. It will hinder their ability to feed and reproduce, which will eventually kill them. Just make sure to do it in the correct amount.
☘ You can drench the soil once a month as a preventative and every week if you are battling a pest problem.
☘ It is always a good idea to have watered your plants a day before applying the mixture to reduce the chances of the roots absorbing too much Neem Oil quickly.
Shine the leaves
After each spraying, wipe the leaves with clean clothes. It removes the excess residue from the leaves using this method, and it also gives the leaves a glossy look!
Things to Consider
☘ Consider using Neem Oil in the evening or early morning to ensure it does not drive away beneficial insects from pollinating, and to prevent foliage burn under harsh sunlight.
☘ Don’t use during extreme cold or hot temperatures.
☘ Make sure that foliage is thoroughly coated to effectively treat pests or diseases.
☘ Refrain from using Neem Oil if plants are stressed due to over or underwatering, or after transplanting to avoid shock.
☘ Avoid spraying new seedlings, which can be sensitive to foliage burn.