Potassium soap and neem oil
NEEM OIL, THE WONDERFUL ORGANIC TREATMENT FOR CANNABIS.
Neem oil is something impressive, and in this article, we will teach you how to mix the perfect solution with Potassium Soap too, for almost all cannabis pest problems. Neem oil won't completely eliminate your pests, and you shouldn't believe anyone who tells you that their solution will. What neem oil will do is help you keep the impact of the pest population to a minimum without harming the beneficial organisms. That way, you can maintain a balanced ecosystem on your farm.
Healthy plant totally clean of pests
What is neem oil?
This oil is obtained by natural means from the tree that gives it its name. It has been used in India for centuries and has become the de facto treatment for organic farmers around the world. Made by pressing oil from the seeds and fruits of the Neem tree, this material is a pure vegetable oil that has all the advantages of the tree's natural resistance to pests.
What is potassium soap?
Biological insecticide, mild potassium-based soap, obtained from fatty acids of vegetable origin saponified with potassium hydroxide. Potassium soap acts by contact with insects that originate through solvent compounds, a film that covers their epidermis causing their death by suffocation.
Neem oil properties:
What does neem oil treat?
Neem extract can affect a wide variety of pests, over 400 different varieties of insects, and most fungi. The best part is that it protects against the natural enemies of the neem tree, but it doesn't seem to harm the more beneficial organisms!
Protects against pests
- White flies
- Fungi, mold and mildew
- Caterpillars and moth larvae
- Snails and slugs
Does not harm beneficial organisms
Other properties of neem oil for human and animal use are known, but they are products with a different manufacturing protocol.
How does neem oil work?
Neem oil does not directly kill pests, like most chemical-based pesticides. Instead, applying it creates a hostile environment for reproduction and depletes the population over time. The oil enters the insects and interferes with the reproductive system of the insects and the oily coating on the leaves affects the viability of the egg. The entire environment becomes toxic to pests, and after a few generations of low birth rates, the population collapses.
Plants treated with potassium soap and neem have a barrier against insects
How long does it take to work?
You should start to see improvements after the first application, but it usually takes several applications over a few weeks to get the problem completely under control.
Will neem oil completely eliminate my pests?
No. These pests have evolved over millennia to be diverse and resistant. The most expensive and caustic commercial chemical treatments will not completely eradicate a pest and neither will neem oil. If it cannot be done safely, then complete eradication should not be the goal of a pest treatment, but we should strive for a balance.
Neem oil won't completely eliminate your pests, and you shouldn't believe anyone who tells you that their solution will. What neem oil will do is help you keep the impact of pest populations minimal without harming beneficial organisms. That way, you can maintain a balanced ecosystem on your farm.
How to use neem oil as an insecticide?
Neem oil as an insecticide is generally applied as a topical foliar spray that is a mixture of warm water, oil, and soap as an emulsifier. Covering as much surface area as possible is essential. For mites and other insects, it is doubly important to cover the underside of the leaf, as that is where they hang out. It is almost impossible for them to attach an egg sac to the oily surface.
You can apply it at any time of the day, but I like to apply it just before the light goes out so the oil can stay on the leaves longer.
How often do you use neem oil as an insecticide?
Spraying your plant once a week is a great way to prevent pests. If you have an active pest problem, you should spray once every two days until the population is under control.
How do you make a neem oil spray?
What do you need
5 ml of neem oil: - I use pure cold-pressed oil.
2.5 ml soap: the Oil and water don't mix, so you need soap to bind the spray. I use Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap as it is organic and the strong mint brings its own beneficial properties against pests . Any liquid dish soap will work as an emulsifier.
1 liter hot water: you will need to keep the spray warm while using it, as the solution will separate as it cools.
1 liter spray bottle: any clean spray bottle will work.
These ratios are for pure cold-pressed neem oil. Check the neem oil label for the exact proportions of your product.
Step 1: heat the neem oil
Neem oil is so thick that it is almost solid at room temperature, so you will need to warm it up before use. Run hot water over the sealed container or put it in a bucket of hot water until it is hot enough to pour.
Step 2: mix together
Fill the spray bottle with hot water, and once the neem oil can be poured, add neem oil and soap, replace the spray bottle cap, and shake vigorously for a full minute.
Step 3: apply
Spray all surfaces of the plant until they are dripping oil. Pay special attention to the underside of the leaves and the base of the stems.
Kush varieties they are susceptible to mites if recommended temperatures are exceeded.
Is there something stronger?
If the infestation is particularly severe or if you want to take a more aggressive approach, there are very effective organic 'kill on contact' solutions. These are generally made with a combination of neem, rosemary, peppermint, and other oils. We recommend that only use products specifically formulated and tested on cannabisas we have documented some poor results with commercial organic solutions for the home. We use potassium soap or Sprunzit to treat severe outbreaks and disinfect the growing space between crops.
We have had success with the Sprunzit treatment. It is an organic solution made from oil and pyretins and works as a broad spectrum pesticide that kills a wide range of insects, including spider mites, aphids, broad mites, reddish mites, and whiteflies. Unlike neem oil alone, mites die on contact. The larvae or eggs deposited on the underside of the leaves, is what can give more problems, since if it is not applied well on the underside, it is possible that after 24 hours you will have new individuals again.
Can I get a premade spray?
If you want to buy something, you can bet that someone wants to sell it to you, and this is no exception. There are some good solutions, but they can be a bit more expensive than mixing your own.
Neem oil and potassium soap
Another natural and very effective solution is the mixture of potassium soap with neem oil, the wetting effect of potassium soap helps to keep the neem oil in all areas of the leaves for longer.
Safe and versatile, it can be used up to a couple of weeks after changing the timers to 12 hours, and if problems persist, only with neem, since potassium soap is completely banned in the flowering phase.
Where can I get neem oil?
We recommend cold pressed formulas, any cold pressed neem oil works great. You can find neem oil at your local garden center or online.