Neem oil - What it is and why your plants will love it
Neem oil is something every plant owner should consider having to hand.
A natural oil derived from the seed of the neem tree - it contains antibacterial and anti fungal properties it can be used to treat so many diseases and pests that can appear from time to time.
We love using it in HB as a deterrent. We spray new plants as they arrive to us, and use it regularly in our shop.
It is all natural with no chemicals added. It is non-toxic and pet friendly, and the Botanopia neem oil we carry is also 100% organic.
How to use neem oil on your houseplants
The easiest way it to add a drop into a spray bottle of water. Add 1ml for every 100ml of water. So, 2ml of neem oil into 200ml of water, or 5ml into 500ml of water etc. Give it a shake and spray the plant. You can spray the soil too, and don't forget to get the underside of the leaves.
Just make what quantity you need though - it's active ingredients start to reduce the first day or two after being mixed with water. So mix the quantity you need and aim to use it up in a day or two.
If you are tacking an issue in the soil, you can mix it into to your watering can when watering your plants. This is also a great preventative thing you can do monthly.
Will it stink out your gaff?
The internet is full of people lamenting the absolute stank of neem oil, but we use this one and find it ok! We swear! Neem oil can have a strong smell, but this one by Botanopia only has the very slightest smell. You will not notice any smell if you pour it into the soil. You might notice a slight whiff if you are spraying it a plenty on foliage as it will be in the air, but it will disappear as soon as it dries out, which won't take long at all. We use it in the shop and are happy to, we're not afraid it will scare customers away.
This neem oil comes in a 100ml glass bottle with small measuring cup so you can add the required amount.
The whole bottle will make 10 litres of spray when mixed with water, so it will last a good while. Nab yours here.