after reading your articles and forums finally i started my very own vegetable balcony garden a month ago. I am from Delhi, I have Tomatoes', Lemon, Chilly, Kari Patta( Curry Leafs), Aloe Vera & a small yellow colored flower plant.
Almost all plants are affected by pests, specially Ants, Leaf Miners & tiny small white insects.
Somewhere on your forum and other websites i read about organic pesticide i.e. Neem Oil and using it with few drops of mild Dishwasher soap diluted in water.
After checking out various shops i.e. Krishi Bhawan & near by Nurseries, finally i found Neem Oil in a shop in Barafkhana area (Near Pulbangash Metro Station).
I dont't know whether this is the Neem Oil you guys are talking about. Its Gronim Botanical Insectide manufactured by Mother Dairy.
My question is this safe to use on Plants?
here is the photo of the product:
Any other oragnic method for pest managment are also awaited.
Experts please advice!
Thanks in advance.
The product you linked to is the correct one. I have been using Neem oil (10 ML) with Karinji Oil (5 ML) to a liter of water. This spray is more effective compared to Neem Oil alone.
I have noticed numerous small black eggs on the underside of the leaves of my chilli plants. Also there is a full colonies of big black ants on the plants. I have purchased neem oil today. Need directions as to how to use it to solve this problems urgently.
P.S. The chilli plant is flowering and just started fruiting.
Most likely what you are referring to as black eggs are aphids. The aphids secrete a nectar that attracts the ants. The ants in turn help in spreading the aphids. A kind of symbiotic relationship. If you have only neem oil then use 50 ML of the neem oil in 1 L of water and add few drops of shampoo to help in spreading and sticking. Mix/shake well and spray such that the whole plant including the undersides of the leaves are drenched. Repeat after 4 days.
I found something extremely interesting. I had a plant that was infested with Aphids. But in a couple of days I found an insect that was moving rapidly and in next few days, the aphids were not seen. Later I found out that it was the larva of Ladybug, which was feasting on the aphids. So, if we can attract and invite lady bugs, we can have an organic way of beating aphids. Is this correct? Thoughts please.
The whole idea of having a home/kitchen garden is to have pesticide free food for our families, right? Hence it is very critical that we do not use chemical insecticides/pesticides. By using the organic stuff such as Neem oil we only attack the harmful pests. In this process we do not harm our friends such as the ladybugs. Ladybugs feast on aphids. In fact, in some organic farms and home garden in US people buy ladybugs and introduce them at night in their fields and gardens. The fact that you are attracting ladybugs is a good indication that helpful conditions are prevailing in your garden for the pests natural predators to take care of the pests.
I just picked up Pure Neem Oil from Garden Guru store to avoid pests for my Plants. I am trying to grow Okra, Tomato and Pudina. I am just learning about gardening and a novice. Got a question.
The instructions bottle, asked to add liquid soap. If I spray this won't my vegetables get this dish wash soap. How to eat this later, especially pudina leaf?
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