How to Apply Neem Oil to Plants – Guide

Neem oil is an oil extracted from the seeds of the neem tree (Azadirachta indica), being the most commercialized product derived from it. Learn all about how to apply neem oil to plants in this article.

Due to its medicinal properties and its particular characteristics, it is widely used in medicine and agriculture, mainly. Recently, it has begun to be used in cosmetics.

Neem oil, together with potassium soap, is one of the most effective ecological tools to repel and prevent pests in our urban garden or home garden.

How to Apply Neem Oil to Plants

Now we are going to explain how to apply neem oil to plants, it is very simple and effective against pests.

For use as an insecticide, Neem oil should be diluted in water in the proportion indicated on the package.

Neem oil is ideal for organic farming.

It is sprayed or applied directly to the soil, as recommended. As it is hydrophobic, it is necessary to add a surfactant to mix it with water.

Neem oil works in very low concentrations, so it is not very expensive because it performs very well.

However, its effects, although highly effective, are slow, almost imperceptible, so it must be given some time to work. It is usually necessary to apply it several days in a row.

In addition, it works from inside the plant. This means that it can be applied diluted directly into the soil for the plants to absorb it.

In this way, its properties begin to work from inside the plant, thus avoiding the climatic adversities to which it would be subjected if it had only been applied on the leaves. This is highly effective for those leaf-mining insects that usually feed on the sap and stems.

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What Insects Does Neem Oil Kill?

You already know how to apply neem oil to plants, now we will tell you what pests and plagues this magnificent ecological oil can control.

  • Doughnut.
  • Red spider mite.
  • Aphids.
  • Cabbage caterpillar.
  • Thrips.
  • Whitefly.
  • Mites.
  • Cockroaches.
  • Leaf miners.
  • Caterpillars.
  • Locusts.
  • Grasshoppers.
  • Nematodes.
  • Arachnids.
  • Ants.
  • Bedbugs.
  • Snails.
  • House flies.
  • Termites.
  • Mosquitoes.

Learn more about How to Mix Neem Oil for Plants.

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Attention! If we use sulfur in the garden, we should not use neem oil because if they are mixed it can produce a phytotoxic reaction.

neem tree leaves
Neem tree leaves.
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