Updated: May 16
Are you a plant parent who owns neem oil and only uses it for one thing?
If yes, this blog is going to be your best friend. Here I’ll compile all I know about neem oil and its MANY uses.
First, what is neem oil?
Neem oil is a naturally occurring pesticide found in the seeds of a neem tree. They have been used for centuries to control pests and diseases. Today, it is found in many household products like toothpaste, cosmetics, soaps, and pet shampoos.
uBloomd uses organic neem oil concentrate that is sustainably sourced.
How does neem oil work?
Neem oil is made up of many components, but essentially it reduces insect feeding and acts as a repellent. It interferes with the pest’s hormone and growth system making it harder for it to grow and lay eggs.
Neem oil could be considered a fungus gnat spray as it works directly to end their lifecycle.
Is neem oil toxic?
Neem oil is non-toxic to humans and pets. As humans have been exposed to neem oil through our products (toothpaste, cosmetics, soaps and traditional medicines) we have built a strong immune system to the pesticide. Neem oil has also acted as an animal pest remover (flea control) for centuries, so they too have built up a resistance. However, fish and other aquatic organisms find it toxic.
It’s recommended to keep the exposure low though, don’t go climbing into a giant jug! Children may have a sensitive reaction, but it still won’t cause any long-term issues.
Plants aren’t affected by low contact with neem oil. As neem oil is traditionally natural it doesn’t have any effect on their growth or health. If high levels are added it can have a negative effect as this been overpowered.
Uses for Neem oil:
Neem oil is a very diverse and useful product in our lifestyle. From a natural pesticide to control fungus and insects around animals and wildlife, to keeping us clean from fungus and harmful plant matter, and ever used for skin care and healing, humans have a good relationship with neem oil.
However, I will focus on -
How to use neem oil on plants?
1. Neem oil can control over 200 species of indoor plant bugs.
- Aphids - Mites - Scale - Leaf hoppers - Leaf eaters - White fly - Red Spider - Caterpillars - Mites - Mealybugs - Thrips - Fungus Gnats
Just to name a few.
Insects don’t become resistant to neem oil, they aren’t genetically able to become neem oil impervious, so you’ll always be able to treat your insect issues with neem oil.
We all know how sad it can be when you lose a plant to thrips, aphids, or fungus gnats. But if you have neem oil that will never be the case again.
2. Neem oil is greenhouse, herb garden, and fruit tree safe!
Greenhouses provide the perfect environment for mites, aphids, scale insects and whiteflies. But if you have neem oil you don’t give these insects a chance. You can prevent all these insects from destroying your precious plants.
Wipe down leaves, spray in soil and even clean hard to reach areas with neem oil to keep your plants safe from indoor plant bugs.
It’s nice to know that neem oil keeps mosquitos away. So, when your treating your garden or home jungle you are also protecting yourself from mosquito bites.
3. Neem oil boosts earthworm productivity.
Chemical pesticides can harm earthworms, they can burn their skin and damage their soil. Neem oil has the opposite effect and boosts their activity. This is important is earthworms are beneficial to all garden soil as they tunnel though the dirt and create superhighways for air and water to seep through to the plant’s lowest roots. They also leave behind essential nutrients like potassium, nitrogen and phosphorous.
Neem oil used correctly won’t harm bees, butterflies, and lady bugs. These vital pollinators are getting wiped out by chemical pesticides, but neem oil is safe to use around them.
4. Neem oil is a great fungicide.
Neem oil can be used to kill fungus build up on your plants.
- Black spot
- Leafe spot
- Tip blight
To prevent fungi, spray to substance on plants every seven to 14 days to treat the fungus. Fungus will clear up with constant regulation and attention.
I hope you learnt a thing or two about neem oil and its many benefits and uses.
Fungus gnats don’t stand a chance against neem oil so keep it close, and you’ll be prepared for anything.