32 oz warm water
1 teaspoon (5 ml) Neem Seed Oil (cold pressed vegetable oil, not essential oil)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) Cheryl’s Herbs All-Purpose Household Soap (or any mild eco-type, liquid dishwashing soap)
Mix soap with warm water (don’t stir too vigorously to avoid excess suds) Slowly add Neem Seed Oil and continue to stir Pour into spray container and keep shaking or agitating while spraying Use within eight hours
This is a .5% dilution of Neem Seed Oil. If a stronger product is needed a 1% dilution is the maximum: 2 teaspoons each of Neem Oil and liquid soap.
*Spray the plant thoroughly including the undersides of leaves and entire stem of the plant.
Apply spray only in very early morning, late afternoon or evening to not harm beneficial insects. Once spray has dried it is not harmful to good insects any more, only to sucking and chewing bugs.
Do not apply the oil to a plant in direct sun as the oil can increase the effect of the sun and burn the leaves.
If you have enough solution, drench the soil around the roots. This is also good for the soil. Some plants don’t like soil drenches like onions, cabbage & tomatoes.
Spray once a week until the problem is gone. Spray sooner if it rains.
Increase the strength if the insects seem to not be affected enough.
Spray can be used until the day fruits & vegetable are harvested without harmful effects to people or pets.
Spray is not harmful to skin.
*Do a test application on any plant you suspect might be more sensitive. Plants known to be more sensitive to oils include: impatiens, fuchsias, hibiscus, some roses, trees like maples, hickories and black walnut. Avoid spraying drought stressed plants, when humidity is high or during periods of extreme heat or cold.
Shake well and frequently during spraying.