Natural insecticide for all plant pests
Highly refined soap made from natural oils which acts as a contact insecticide with no residual effects once it has dried. It works by plugging up the breathing holes in the insects body, and also sticking their wings and moving parts together. It is not a poison, so can be safely used around children, pets and on edible crops. Soft Soap can be used all year round. As a preventative tool use every fortnight, especially leading up to time when you would normally see pests. If you have seen pests, use 3 times a week until you see the pest numbers recede.
Biological control for Fungus Gnats
Nematodes are more effective if the sciarid population is high. The nematodes are watered on, and attack the sciarid larvae underground. Parasitic nematodes seek out suitable hosts by swimming in the thin film of water on soil particles, locating hosts by detecting carbon dioxide and other waste products. Once they find a host, they enter the body cavity through the breathing or feeding systems, and release bacteria (Xenorhabdus). The bacteria kills the host within hours, and the nematodes grow and reproduce within the 'broth', which they produce. The next generation of infective juveniles leaves the dead host, and moves in search of fresh hosts
Use in conjuction with Yellow Sticky Traps (see below)
Thrips Prevention - Thrips are very difficult to reach with chemical sprays but Amblyseius predator mites are small enough to find and eat them, release early as they control the larval stage. This product should be used in prevention of an outbreak so use at the very first sign that they are present.
*You can also use Horticultural Soap to kill thrips
**If you already have a Thrips problem see the other products below.
Orius laevigatus is the final frontier for fighting a Thrips infestation. The bottle contains a mixture of 500 adults and nymphs to attack all stages of Thrips - one of the only biological control agents that is able to kill adult thrips.
Orius bugs will also feed on aphids, mites, whiteflies and moth eggs.
*Horticultural Soap can also be helpful in fighting the battle against thrips
The best predator to attack mealybug is the brown Australian Ladybird 'Cryptolaemus montrouzieri'. The larvae also hatch out as voracious predators of mealybugs. They work best when temperatures are above 20°C with good light levels. After releasing the larvae or ladybirds you must cover the plant to stop them crawling or flying away. Young larvae and adults prefer the smaller stages of mealybug, whereas the large larvae will eat mealybugs of any size. If mealybug is in short supply, Crytpolaemus may also eat young scale insects
You can treat scale with nematodes, solution is sprayed on to the leaves of affected plants. The nematodes 'swim' on the film of water allowing them to enter the scale insect and kill them.
The temperature must be above 14°C for treatment to work and you MUST follow the instructions or it may not work.
*These are the same Nematodes which can be used on Fungus Gnats
*Horticultural Soap can also be used to fight a Scale problem
Amblyseius Andersoni are primarily used to prevent a spider mite infestation or as an out of season control rather than as a solution for a bad infestation (for a bad infestation see Phytoseiulus Persimilis)
These predatory mites are widely used in commercial glasshouses to control unwanted plant pests. Amblyseius Andersoni is used to treat different species of Red Spider Mite (Tetranychus spp. and Panonychus spp.)
Phytoseiulus is the number one method for controlling red spider mite, and is widely used by both amateur gardeners and commercial growers. This species is a highly active hunter!
A female Phytoseiulus can destroy ten spider mite females and their young in just seven days under optimum conditions. The tube holds living predator mites hidden in a bran carrier. You may not be able to see anything but the carrier as the mites are very hard to see with the naked eye. The tubes contain approximately 2,000 mites.
Affordable and effective, my favourite grow light bulb for all indoor plants, including cacti and succulents. Select the 25w option for best results
SKYLINE GROWER - E27 GROW LIGHT BULB (25W)
• Prolongs the lifespan of houseplants
• Built-in timer
• Uses warm white light to create a cosy atmosphere
• Fits any E27 lighting fixture
• Available in 16w or 25w variants
Liquid Gold Leaf is the fertiliser I use on my plants
LGL is pefect for indoor plants growing in all substrates including hydroponics.
Liquid Gold Leaf contains Biorational ingredients, i.e. materials that only have a positive effect on the environment. There is no message of “Less harmful” or “Reduced risk of environmental damage”. Liquid Gold Leaf has only positive benefits when used according to instructions.
The world’s only liquid fertiliser to contain every essential plant nutrient
Liquid Gold Leaf is a revolutionary and innovative liquid fertiliser for all indoor plants. The technical advance is the inclusion of fully soluble calcium, formerly too difficult and expensive for liquid fertiliser. The current best selling liquid fertilisers do not have calcium on their list of ingredients, yet it is essential for healthy plant growt
Alternative potting medium and soil improver
Peat belongs in bogs not in bags
Currently, bogs all over the world are being 'harvested' to remove peat, which is then used in many composts. This process involves draining the land, removing the flora and fauna, and digging up the carbon-storing peat underneath. Not only does this destroy a really important habitat, but it exposes the peat to oxygen from the air. This results in increased decomposition of the preserved organic matter which was previously storing the large amounts of CO2. The increase in decomposition releases the carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to the cause of global warming, excess greenhouse gases. FOR.PEATS.SAKE eco coir is made from a super sustainable, renewable resource and is manufactured in a highly environmentally and socially conscious way.