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neem oil

This is a discussion on neem oil within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; dear all, does anyone know if it is ok to spray neem oil on orchid ...

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    dear all,

    does anyone know if it is ok to spray neem oil on orchid flowers? will it harm the unopened buds and the flowers? i think there are little white things on the stems of the buds and i am not if they are bugs. could i spray rubbing alcohol also?


    chung shih

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    Hi Chung Shih,

    I've had good success with neem oil, although I know some here haven't. I'd be hesitant to spray anything directly on a flower, however. If you've got critters, I'd dab a q-tip in either neem oil or alcohol and touch it to the beastie, without hitting the bloom, if possible. I think less bloom abuse is better for longevity.


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    I just have too many plants to use neem anymore but in the past I have not noticed any bud blast or discoloration, even on white flowers. I think the wetting agent(soap) you add to the neem might be more of a problem.

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    I've been told by a local African Violet grower that they use Neem on their African Violet leaves and flowers without any problem. I can't vouch for that, since I don't use it.


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