More than 8000 species of fungi cause plant diseases. And since industrial fungicides are filled with chemicals that are harmful for plants, children, pets and the environment, we’re trying the natural approach. And we’re focusing on a couple of recipes for homemade plant fungicide with essential oils.
Root rotting, leaf decay and mildews affect all gardens. There are a couple of natural remedies you can use. Try these recipes for natural plant fungicide with essential oils!
It’s always best to try to take the organic route when dealing with infestations in the garden. Most of the time there’s an effective natural remedy you can try before poisoning your surroundings and family. A homemade plant fungicide with essential oils can have fewer side effects, a far lower toxicity level and the same effects on healing your plants. Not to mention a DIY plant fungicide with essential oils is way cheaper than an industrial one!
Fungus is the cause of around 85% of all plant diseases. Left untreated, garden fungus can become a big problem, since parasitic fungi cause damage by poisoning or killing the cells in the plants or by stealing their nutrients. If you’re seeing signs of disease in your garden, chances are pretty good that there’s a fungal infestation to blame. Try some of these essential oils to stop fungus from spreading and to keep your plants nourished and healthy!
Suppress fungus: try the most effective essential oils to stop fungal pests!
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil works as an antiseptic and insect repellent. It has antimicrobial properties which help combat fungi as well. Tea Tree Oil fights the fungi that cause Fusarium head blight in cereal such as wheat, barley and oats. It’s also effective against mildew and for controlling fruit rot. Tea Tree Oil repels whiteflies that excrete a sticky honeydew causing sooty mold fungi to grow on foliage. You can also use it for controlling anthracnose and leather rot in strawberries, early blight disease in tomato plants, Alternaria solani on potatoes and Cercospora Beticola on sugar beets.
Tea Tree or Melaleuca oil is one of the few natural remedies to prevent fungal growth. Use this oil on the stems of the plant and not so much on the leaves. You can also use this essential oil to mist the soil in the garden as well.
- Citronella and Rosemary Essential Oil, Lavender, Peppermint and Orange Oil are also helpful in the garden
Citronella can also be used to inhibit the growth of many species of fungus. Rosemary essential oil can also be used in recipes of homemade plant fungicide with essential oils. Spraying it on the leaves of the plant can protect them from fungus and other pests as well (larvae, bugs). Orange and Lavender Oil attract pollinators and they keep other insects away, while Peppermint keeps most pests (including ants) away!
Prepare these recipes of homemade plant fungicide with essential oils
To prevent fungal growth, combine Tea Tree Oil with water (2 tablespoons of oil in cups of water) and spray your plants every three to seven days. Remember to avoid spraying leaves when the weather is very hot and dry since sun-heated essential oils can easily burn the plant. Try as much as possible to treat your plants in the morning and less frequently during dry spells.
To prevent future infections, remove infected plant materials and leaves. Always dispose of the infected plants and do not leave them on the ground, to avoid spreading disease. Extra trick: dip your tools for cutting wood and plants in the same homemade plant fungicide with essential oils!
Use this mixture as an insecticide and fungicide. Used regularly (every week), this recipe repels white flies, diseases and fungi in fruit and vegetables.
DIY plant fungicide with essential oils
- 20 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 10 drops Orange Oil
- 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
Mix in 5 litres of water in a spray bottle. Spray the tops and underneath the leaves.
Part 2 following soon.