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Recipes for your plant health and happiness

Do a test on part of a plant before total treatment if unsure of compatibility.

Things to know before using insecticides

Do your homework and make wise choices.  All insecticides should be used only when necessary and plant based compounds are safer for people, pets and the environment than chemical ones.

Neem oil spray

Look for cold-pressed Neem oil at a pharmacy that carries herbal remedies as it can be used to control head lice and has a high level of active ingredients.

1 quart (1 liter) warm water

1 ½ t (8 ml) Neem oil

1 t (5 ml) liquid fragrance free castile soap

Gently mix all ingredients to get a milky looking solution and use in a spray bottle.  May remain active for 7+ days.

Neem oil is used to control whiteflies, aphids, thrips, fungus gnats, caterpillars, beetles, mushroom flies, mealybugs, leaf miners, and gypsy moths.

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