2.5 weeks since last Neem Application
One week after application I squished 5 aphids. Today I squished two. Before the Neem application the aphids were in abundance up to 10 per leaf. I declare this an effective solution!
The Purple Passion shed its three biggest leaves after the application. Because of this I recommend using Neem on somewhat mature plants. However it is growing and looking very happy. It lives alone on the back of the toilet, a lively area of the house with a window. I think the plant likes the attention, encouraging it to repel the aphids. The only other plant in the room hangs above. I purposefully secluded the Purple Passion so the aphids do not spread to any other house plants.
There was a true lady bug in the living room yesterday; a beneficial insect who loves to eat aphids! So the next time I see one she’s going right on the Purple Passion.
- Keep an eye on water levels! The Neem Oil was mixed with water so I didn’t think to give the Purple Passion a watering until I saw it drooping. It doesn’t normally get watered every week. The Neem could have played a part in this, but I honestly don’t know how.
- I considered washing the Neem off of the plant at one point, but since its growing and happy there is no need.
- My mother has observed aphid’s preference for wooly or fuzzy leaves. Purple Passion is in that category and I would also admit to Sage’s adherence.
Neem Oil makes for an effective solution to Aphid infestations on house plants!
Use 100% sustainable and organic Neem Oil for your formula.
Mix 1/2 dropper in 6-12oz of room temperature water and pour over or spritz the affected plant, both on top and under each leaf.
—>You could do your own experiment, starting with less Neem Oil and seeing how much it takes to rid the Aphids on your particular plant. A way to conserve your supply.
Shower your plant with encouragement and love during treatment!
ps – since beginning this post yesterday, I have found red spider mites and possibly their adult black counterparts on several of my houseplants, and they are in the sunniest room in the house! Also, I have had several house-mouse sitings, and for every one you see…
Look for experiments to follow!!! I suppose before the plants come out from hibernation I must tend to the critters who wake-up first.
And here’s the link – About those Mice, Mites, Mealies and Thrips