With the launch of our latest product, The Plant Runner Neem Oil, we’ve been overwhelmed with the positive response its had across the country, from our retailers, from their customers, and from our customers.
But we’re also aware that it's not something everybody knows about. Unlike our plant food, it might not be so obvious as to why you and your plants need it and what it actually does. If that sounds like you, read on!
Neem oil is actually a byproduct from the neem tree (Azadirachta indica), a native tree to the Indian subcontinent (India, Nepalm Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives). The Neem we use is 100% Certified Organic and Australian Neem, grown in Queensland. It’s also cold pressed to retain all its proteins, vitamins and trace elements.
So why do we need it?
Our Neem Oil is sold as a ‘leaf shine and pest repellant’. Many people don’t realise how important it is to wipe down the leaves of their indoor plants on a regular basis. Like all things in the house they can gather dust, and as the dust sits on the leaves it can block out sunlight preventing them from photosynthesising to their full capacity, as well as blocking the pores in the leaves meaning your plant won’t be able to breath! In nature, this doesn’t happen as the wind and rain takes care of the cleaning duties, but at home it’s up to you. Using our Neem Oil and a damp cloth, spray the foliage of your plant and wipe down the leaves. This will remove any dust and give your foliage a brilliant health shine. The plant will also benefit from those proteins, vitamins and trace elements the Neem contains.
Then there is the other aspect of our Neem Oil. Neem oil is a natural pesticide that is effective against over 200 species of insects. For indoor plants, this includes the usual suspects like Aphids, Mealy Bug, Mites, Scale and Fungus Gnats. It can be used to control ALL stages of development (adult, larvae and egg) as the active chemical in Neem (Azadirachtin) works as an antifeedant, a hormone disruptor and a smotherer. It’s completely safe to use around children and pets and won’t harm any beneficial insects like bees, butterflies and ladybugs.
To use as a pesticide, simply spray the unwanted insects with the Neem and wipe them away with a cloth. Use again after one week if necessary. For fungus gnats, just spray the soil - this will smother the gnats and will improve the nitrogen availability too!
And finally, our premixed Neem Oil is easy to use and has a shelf-life of 18 months after mixing. Usually, mixing Neem oil with water will give you 1-4 days max before the Neem won’t be effective, meaning you’ll be mixing small quantities on a regular basis. Our product is mixed with plant-based oils to help extend the life of the Neem even after mixing, meaning all you need to do is spray and wipe when necessary.