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Low Down on Neem Oil For Plants

Low Down on Neem Oil For Plants

Low Down on Neem Oil For Plants

Neem oil is fantastic if you purchase the correct kind and use it properly. Most of the time when I hear someone complain that Neem oil didn’t work for them it is because they were misguided.  So, here is the low down on Neem Oil For Plants.

First of all, I should state that Neem oil is used on plants to get rid of a slew of nasty critters.  I would state if you were to only be able to purchase one pest removal – it should be Neem Oil.

What Product to Purchase

You want to purchase 100% pure cold-pressed Neem oil.

  • Look for the active ingredient Azadirachtin.
  • Be sure it is 100% cold pressed Neem oil.  This is the only brand I purchase!
  • There are less expensive options but be sure to look for items above – you are wasting your money.

Why Buy Neem Oil?

I can’t give you every purpose to use Neem Oil for.  However, I can say it is used for everything from plant pests to beauty products.  It stops pests in their tracks without hurting beneficial insects. It is my go-to product for anything plant, tree and vegetable garden related.

It Is Organic

• No harmful chemicals.
• Doesn’t harm the good garden insects like bees & ladybugs.
• Petsafe

What Plant Pests Will It Control?

Tomato horn worm on a tomato plant.

I couldn’t possibly list every critter that Neem oil will protect you from.

Common Insects

• Lily Beetles
• Japanese Beetles
• Spider Mites
• Black Flies
Fungus Gnats
• Tomato Hornworms
• Corn Earworm
• Whiteflies
Cucumber Beetles

Used as a Fungal Spray

Powdery Mildew on a tomato plant.
Powdery Mildew on Tomato Plant
  • Kills bacteria and fungus growing in wood mulch. 
  • On all plants for all forms of mildew

Neem Oil Recipe


  • 100% pure cold-pressed Neem oil ( 2 Tablespoons)
  • Warm Water (1 Gallon)
  • Spray Bottle or Sprayer
  • Dish Soap (1 Tablespoon)

Low Down on Neem Oil For Plants

Always Test Spot Test New Plants

Spot testing plants should always be done when using a new product in the garden. Don’t take a chance with products without doing so.

1.) Mix up the recipe.

2.) Wait till the heat index & sun are at their lowest point of the day. It is best to pray during early morning hours or during the coolest part of the day. Neem oil can heat up in the hot sun and burn plants. For that reason, it is best used during the coolest portion of the day.

3.) Test spray a few leaves of a plant to be sure the plant can handle the mixture. Wait 48 hours.

4.) After spot testing, you will know for the future that the plant will handle the solution.

That is it!   That is the low down on neem oil for plants. You should have the confidence to go out and tackle all your yard pests.  I always try neem oil as my first defense.

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