Neem oil bird of paradise treatment is just what your plants need to stay pest-free. Pests love the flowers of your plants, so you have to keep them safe by using neem.

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How To Keep Bird of Paradise Plants Safe With Neem Oil

To keep bird of paradise plants safe with neem oil, isolate your sick plants and then try to identify the pests attacking them. Spray these pests with neem regularly so that the pests can die or run away. Afterward, maintain a very clean garden.

You might be wondering if neem oil is really safe for your precious plants. Neem oil is safe for bird of paradise plants as long as you properly dilute it. When you dilute your neem as suggested in this article, your plants will be completely safe when you spray them with neem. You will have nothing to worry about.

1. Gather All Your Items

To successfully treat your bird of paradise plants so that they can become pest-free, gather everything that you need.

Your needed items are listed below:

  • Neem oil: The purer the oil, the better for your plants. You can get this product at a store.
  • Spray bottle: You will use this to easily spray your oil so that you can target the leaves of your plants.
  • Emulsifier and water: Pure neem will burn your plants, so you have to dilute it by using an emulsifier.
  • Pruning shears: To keep your bird of paradise plants looking beautiful, you have to prune off the heavily damaged parts.

Don’t worry, the items are very easy to find. After gathering all the items that you need, move on to the next steps.

2. Isolate the Sick Bird of Paradise Plant

If any of your bird of paradise plants is sick, isolate it immediately. This will help prevent pests such as spider mites and root rot from spreading to other plants and making them sick as well. If your plants are growing in pots, it is very easy to isolate sick ones — you just have to move their pot to a distant location.

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You have to treat the sick plant away from other plants as well. As for plants growing in regular soil, try to properly space them. Remove weeds and excess growth between each plant so you can prevent the spread of pests. The quicker you do this, the easier you will treat all your plants, as you have trapped the pests in a specific plant or location.

3. Identify the Pests

The next thing to do is to identify the pest attacking your bird of paradise plants. Some examples of pests for such plants include spider mites, scale insects, powdery mildew, and other fungal and insect pests. Most of these pests, especially the fungal species, are aided by high humidity and other atmospheric factors.

If you can’t find any pests on your plants, check the plants at night, as many pests are nocturnal. You can also check the symptoms of pest attacks on your plants, as carefully studying them can help you know the pest attacking your plants. However, seeing the pests by yourself is the best way to identify them.

4. Protect Yourself

Neem oil can repel or kill pests because it is harsh. This harshness can irritate you, so you have to protect yourself. Protecting yourself from the harshness of neem is very easy. You just need to wear protective clothing such as long sleeved shirts made from thick material, eye goggles, and hand gloves. Just try to cover every sensitive and exposed part of your body.

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If you aren’t living alone, protect others around you. Tell them that you will be working with neem for your bird of paradise plants, so they should not touch the plants too often until you are done. If you have kids and pets, protect them by keeping them far away from your plants. Also, keep the neem oil far from their reach so they don’t accidentally play with it.

5. Start Preparing Your Neem Oil Solution

It is time to dilute your neem so that it can be safe for the plants. To do this, you need an emulsifier such as soap. An emulsifier will help you easily mix the neem with water so that it can be diluted. Remember that water and oil do not mix properly. Soap as an emulsifier has an added advantage, as it is a pesticide.

This means that preparing your neem will not just dilute it to make it safe for plants, it will also make it more effective against killing pests. This is why a lot of people emulsify neem with soap.

To emulsify your neem, add a few tablespoons of neem (two to three are ideal) to a liter of soapy water. Shake everything to mix them and then pour them into a spray can. Easy, right? Your neem oil solution is ready for use.

6. Test the Solution

Before you spray your bird of paradise plants with neem, you have to be sure that the oil is working and is safe for your plants. This is why you must test it first. To test the oil, select any bird of paradise plant of your choice, especially one with a lot of pests. Spray the solution on the plant and wait for 24 hours.

You have to check the plant for any noticeable changes.

Did the pests lessen in number or not? Are there fresh burn marks or not?

Note down changes (if any), as the changes will determine if you are to adjust your neem oil (step seven) or go straight to applying the oil in your garden (step eight).

7. Adjust the Oil as Needed

If you see the need to adjust the concentration of your neem, now is the time to do so. Did the oil burn the leaves of your bird of paradise? If so, dilute it by adding more water or soapy water to the solution. This will reduce the harshness and make the solution safer for your plants.

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Did you see a reduction in the number of pests attacking your bird of paradise? If so, the oil is working fine and does not need any adjustment. However, if the pests are still there, increase the concentration of neem by adding more pure neem to the solution. As you can see, the change that you noted determines how you will adjust the product.

8. Start Treating Your Bird of Paradise Plants

Start spraying the leaves with the neem oil spray. You can start with the plants that have a lot of pests before moving on to the ones with fewer pests. Spray the leaves so that every part, including the petiole, gets neem. If you can, turn the leaves over and spray the underside, as pests such as mites love hiding under the leaves. Ensure you spray every leaf on a plant before you move to the next plant.

Around your bird of paradise plants, pests may hide in the soil or debris. Spray the soil around your plants to kill every soil-borne pest. If your plants are growing near a wall or fence, spray the surface as well, as pests can cling to the wall as they flee from your plants. Ensure that you spray your entire garden with neem.

9. Reapply as Needed

Though you know for sure that your neem is effective, don’t expect it to clear out every pest in your garden at once. Some pests can be stubborn and they won’t die or flee at once. Other pests are yet to hatch, so the neem might not be effective for them.

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It does not matter the type of stubborn pest in your garden, you just have to consistently spray your neem to kill them off. Spray the oil two or three times weekly for two or more weeks. You will see that your bird of paradise plants will quickly become pest-free. The more regular you are in spraying the neem, the quicker you will achieve a pest-free garden.

10. Ensure That Your Garden Is Clean

No matter how you choose to care for and treat your bird of paradise plants, ensure that your garden is very clean. All your outdoor and indoor plants will benefit a lot from a clean garden. You no longer have to worry about pests attacking your plants when your garden is consistently clean because pests hate a hygienic garden. Don’t stop cleaning the garden.

Regularly cut the weeds in the garden, clean the leaves of your plants, prune your plants, remove debris from the garden, handpick little pests, and do all that you can to keep the garden neat. You will notice that pests will stop entering the garden as there will be fewer hiding spots.

11. Consider Mixing Neem Oil With Other Products

Neem oil will definitely repel or kill all the pests attacking your plants. However, combining the use of the oil with other methods might just be what your garden needs to stay entirely pest-free. For example, diatomaceous earth is a wonderful product that when mixed with neem oil, helps to kill every pest around. You just have to use it occasionally.

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You can also use plain soapy water sometimes. If you are low on neem or you are just trying to reduce your rate of using neem, consider spraying your plants with insecticidal soap. It is effective, especially against insect pests. There are also some all-purpose pesticides that you can try. Search for the ones that are neem-based.

12. Prune Sick Plants

Though the neem oil is effective for curled and wilted leaves, you cannot revive the already damaged leaves. Instead of leaving them around to collect nutrients and make your bird of paradise ugly, prune them off. Also, prune off plants that are not responding to treatment or look weak and die a week after treatment. Don’t forget to use clean pruning shears or scissors.

When pruning just the leaves and other parts of a plant, remember to use sterilized tools. Using dirty tools can reintroduce pests or diseases back to the plant. Also, don’t leave the pruned leaves on the ground, as they can attract more pests and microbes while decomposing. Keep your garden clean after pruning your plants because they might still be infested by pests, like mealybugs.

Frequently Asked Questions

– What Are the Benefits of Using Neem for Bird of Paradise Plants?

Some benefits of using neem for bird of paradise plants include the prevention of pests, the addition of nutrients, the shining of the paradise leaves, and boosting the plants’ health. Neem is truly a special product that you should use in your garden so you can grow beautiful and healthy plants.

– What Are the Cons of Using Neem Oil?

There are no cons of using neem oil. As long as you use the right measurements and spray your plants at the right time, you have nothing to worry about. Neem oil is nothing but beneficial for every plant in your garden, so use it without worries.

– What Precautions Should You Note When Using Neem Oil?

Some precautions you should note when using neem oil are protecting yourself with long sleeves, spraying your plants early in the morning or late in the evening, diluting your neem, and testing the product first. Ensure that both you and your plants are safe when using neem.

Conclusion

You now have the essential pest control product knowledge to have a thriving garden. Here are some points from this article to remember:

  • To make your neem oil more effective, emulsify it with insecticidal soap.
  • Spray your plants with neem solution regularly so that they can stay pest-free.
  • Neem is safe for your plants. Just ensure you don’t use a very high concentration.
  • You can also spray the horticultural oil on the soil around your bird of paradise plants.
  • Keep your garden clean, as pests hate clean gardens.

Remember to stick to the plant care tips in this article. Also, don’t forget to spray your neem oil solution regularly to keep your plants free from pests!

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