One of the most common reasons why people are a bit wary of creating their dream greenhouse, is the pests that seem to accompany any plant. But you don’t need to worry about it anymore!
In this guide we will help you figure out the benefits of neem oil and castile soap, the common pests that can occur on your plants, and how to use these two organic products to protect your plants.
Get to know them
You might have heard of Castile soap and its cleaning benefits for most surfaces in homes, but if you had no idea that it can be used on plants as well then you have come to the right place!
We will give you all the information you need to understand its benefits and how to use it with Neem oil on your green friends.
Neem oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of the Neem tree. It is known to act as a repellent, and therefore reduces the number of insects feeding on your plant.
Castile soap is an amazing multi-purpose vegetable-based soap that's made free of animal fats and synthetic ingredients. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but also incredibly useful and effective for certain purposes like using it on your plants and to clean your house.
Their Benefits for Plants
Mixing Neem oil with Castile soap has proven to be a great solution to help control pests on your plants without harming the plant itself in any way.
Also due to their safe organic ingredients, not only can you use them to get rid of pests, you can also use them as a preventative to protect your plant before an infection can occur.
If you are wondering what pests you can get rid of with this mixture, what can’t you?! Neem oil and castile soap have proven effective against most regularly occurring pests, including spider mites, thrips, aphids, scale, mealybugs, and even slugs.
Let’s get mixing!
Using Castile soap and Neem oil on your plants is very easy and can be done in a few simple steps, and here's all you will need:
- One tablespoon of Castile Soap
- One tablespoon of Neem Oil
- One Litre of water
- Spray bottle
Add the Castile Soap and Neem Oil to the spray bottle filled with water and shake well.
Spray, Spray, Spray!
Now spray this mixture generously on your plant and make sure to pay extra attention to the infected parts.
You can also spray in on the soil if you notice any pests or bugs in the soil.
Repeat this process once every week for 3-4 weeks even if the problem has disappeared.
For pest prevention, you can use this mixture once every 2 weeks on your plants to keep them clean and protected.
Now you can make sure your plants stay protected, clean and in their best condition!
You can also check out how we applied them to our plants in our visual guide on our social media!