Do you like growing plants and flowers? If the answer is yes, surely you have already had to deal with parasites and lice of your beloved green friends, and unfortunately, there is no green thumb that holds.
When parasites arrive, getting rid of them can be difficult and many times even pesticides are useless. Not to mention that to buy them you have to put your hand in your wallet, and they also pollute a lot.
But perhaps you didn’t know that there are many natural remedies to prevent and eradicate the main enemies of flowers and plants.
So not only will you avoid polluting the soil where they grow, but you will also avoid paying an eye on the head.
Whether it’s mealybugs, mites or whiteflies, the solution is at hand. Just at home, there is everything you need to save your infested plants in an economic and natural way, whether in the garden or in a pot. Here are the 8 natural remedies to say goodbye to plant pests:
1) Onion peel
Next time you use onion in the kitchen, think twice before throwing away the peel you have removed. With the skins recovered you will have to make a real decoction, boiling them until they have become soft. Once the liquid has cooled, strain and put in a spray bottle. This is also an excellent solution against aphids and other parasites.
2) Macerate of nettle
Nettle represents a valid ally in the case of parasites. With about 100 grams of fresh nettles and 20 grams of dried nettles, a macerate can be prepared which acts as a natural pesticide. After letting them macerate together in a glass container containing 1 liter of water, it is necessary to filter everything and spray it on the plants.
Cinnamon is a very powerful natural remedy against the attack of garden pests. It is therefore useless to spend money on pesticides, it is sufficient to use cinnamon essential oil and a little water. First, wash your plants to get rid of the first part of pests on the surface. Equipped with gloves, fill a bottle with about 4 liters of water to which you will add a few teaspoons of cinnamon oil. Cinnamon must be 1% of the solution to avoid “burning” the plant.
4) Neem oil
This oil, readily available in herbal medicine, comes from Azadirachta indica, an oriental plant with antibacterial and antiparasitic properties, commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. Neem oil offers great help to plants attacked by pests, acting as a delicate natural pesticide if combined with water (a couple of drops diluted in one liter). How should it be used? Just spray it on the plants and wait for it to act. The results will not belong in coming and will surprise you.
5) Tomato macerate
Effective in particular against cabbage, ground fleas, and aphids, tomato macerate is easy to prepare and very inexpensive. For the preparation of this remedy, the fruits of the plant, the actual tomatoes are not wasted, but the leaves are used. The latter are considered powerful natural deterrents for pests and do not affect the useful insects from the garden, such as ladybugs or bees. You will need 2.5 kilos of leaves, 1 liter of water for maceration and another 10 liters for dilution. Macerate leaves with the first liter for 2 or 3 days in an open container. Then filter it and dilute it with 10 liters of water so it will be ready to spray on the plants.
6) Water and chili pepper
The chili pepper with its rich content of capsicin is an excellent anti-parasite, able to keep the hated little animals away. Simply blend three peppers in half a liter of water and you will have a powerful liquid ready to pour into a spray bottle and spray on the plants two or three times a week. When you use it, remember to wear a mask to protect yourself.
7) Garlic decoction
Finally, the last remedy against garden pests and aphids is garlic decoction. Very easy to prepare, it can be made using only 500 ml of water and a head of garlic, divided into wedges. Boil everything for 5 minutes and then let it cool. Finally, filter and spray it on the plants on which the aphids are already present. However, garlic is a powerful natural pesticide: plant some cloves of garlic in the earth around the plants you want to protect. You will see what results!
8) Killer bacterium
Among the many pesticides offered by nature, the bacillus thuringiensis bacterium is of great importance. Commonly called the Killer Bacterium, it is able to generate a substance that endangers the organism of parasites. Its powerful action thus allows eliminating parasites, without however releasing harmful or polluting substances into the air. This killer bacterium is especially effective when it comes to eliminating parasites such as caterpillars and mosquito larvae.