Growing Blueberries Using Neem Oil and Growing Other Plants Organically
This is a product used for safe natural pest management without pesticides
It is used for organic farming of blueberries and other crops. Neem is perhaps one of the most important of the products sold commercially for organic farming. People value this as a natural insect repellent and pesticide. Neem oil is pure, unformulated oil and is not registered for use as an insecticide, fungicide or for any specific herbal use. It is claimed to be a broad scale fungicide, insecticide, and miticide. 70% Neem Oil is reported to control many diseases as well as insects and mites including whitefly, and aphid. It can be used For indoor/outdoor use on plants, flowers, vegetables, and shrubs including blueberry plants.
It is usually light beige to brown color, and has a fairly strong odor. It is primarily made up of triglycerides and triterpenoid compounds. It does not like to combine with water (i.e. it is hydrophobic) and it must be made using appropriate compounds, such a soap, that lower the surface tension of the water surfactants in order to combine it into an emulsion in water for in order to be applied.
source of neem oil
What is it?
The neem tree is native to eastern India and Burma. Neem seed oil is a product that has been used in India for thousands of years for pest control as well as for medicinal purposes. Neem oil is obtained by crushing the seed of the neem tree. This is accomplished by cold pressing the seed of the neem tree while controlling the temperature. A second method used to obtain neem seed oil is by using a solvent for the extraction purposes.
Uses of neem oil
Special mixtures made are widely used as a naturally occurring substance to act as an insect killer for organic farming. 70% It is effective for numerous diseases, as well as insects and mites. It repels a large variety of pests including caterpillars that feed on the foliage and can be a problem on blueberry plants. Other insects include aphids, whiteflies, beetles, beet armyworm, the cabbage worm, fungus gnats the Japanese beetle, leafminers, locust, mites, larvae of moth, mushroom flies, nematodes the mealy bug, and thrips. Aphids can also be a problem on blueberry plants. They suck plant juices (sap feeders) and can be controlled by using neem oil. Aphids are also often controlled by ladybird beetles and other natural enemies. Neem oil has not been shown to be harmful to earthworms, mammals, birds or some useful insects such as butterflies, ladybugs, and honeybees. It can be used as a household product for destroying, repelling or mitigating the common house fly, for cockroaches, ants, bedbugs, mosquitoes, sans fly, snail, termite. Neem oil also controls anthracnose, black spot, powdery mildew, and rust (fungus).
Neem Oil affects a wide-ranging variety of insects. Using it can be a significant part of a way to accomplish an integrated insect control strategy. It is an insect bio-inhibitor absorbed by the pests. It interferes with reproduction and feeding resulting in a steady reduction in insect inhabitants. It is biodegradeable. My friend used it to get rid of whiteflies in his greenhouse and solved the problem instantly.
Mix one tsp of neem oil and ½ to 2 tsp of liquid soap or other emulsifier to mix thoroughly to 1 quart of warm water, or four tsp of neem oil and two tsp of liquid soap or basic H to 1 gallon of water. Shake well. (If you use with warm water to make the Neem oil mix easier) Make sure the oil is totally emulsified before spraying. If there is oil floating on top add more soap or emulsifier as needed. Generously spray the diluted solution the on all leaf surfaces. Spraying should be repeated every 7-10 days for 4 to 5 weeks if needed.
An excellent wetting agent to use as an emulsifier is Basic H a product sold by Shaklee Corporation.
Grow your own pesticide free crops
You can purchase blueberry plants grown pesticide free from a reputable nursery at excellent prices. The best buy is two-year-old plants. Growing your own blueberries and other crops pesticide free is a wise thing to do in terms of your health as well as the savings in your pocketbook.
The primary active pesticide ingredient in neem oil is Azadirachtin. Studies done when neem leaves was used to feed male rats in high daily doses over a long time. The results showed that 100% (reversible) sterility resulted. This suggest that you should not take neem if you are trying to conceive or pregnant. Why take chances if there are unanswered questions?
Where Can I Purchase It?
Some LOWE’s stores sell it.
In Kentucky, Detweiler Country Store in Cub Run, Kentucky handles it.
Neem is distributed by in larger amounts by:
South West Plantscape Products
Rajeev Seenappa, (2009) Dinkal Agro Inc: Organic for Healthy Living
Schmutterer, H. (Editor) (2002) The Neem Tree: Source of Unique Natural Products for Integrated Pest Management, Medicine, Industry And Other Purposes (Hardcover),2nd Edition, Weinheim,Germany: VCH Verlagsgesellschaft.ISBN 3-527-30054-6
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