How to use soapberry (1) - natural aphids repellent spray
In this spring, let’s catch all the slugs, aphids and other pests infesting your beautiful flowers that have just start to bloom… with soapberry rather than with those chemical insecticides that might even kill humans.
My newly planted orange tree starts to have flower buds…. But it is infested with aphids. Should I use insecticide?
Why do we get aphids?
The common aphids we can see are in yellow-green color, but if you look closely, there are in all colors ranging yellow, brown, red and black. Like humans getting decreases easily when the immune system goes down, the plants do the same and easily be infested with insects. Aphids live on plants, suck their juices, and disrupt plants’ growth. If you spray those insecticides in the market to new leaves, it makes the leaves wither to death. In the end, you are killing the plant instead of aphids. And the remaining chemicals indoor, needless to say, are harmful to humans.
How does soapberry (soapnut) eliminate the aphids?
If you like gardening, you may have tried spraying your plants with the water brewed with garlic, pepper and such, or the water mixed with soap or vinegar. But, for indoor plants, the smell would be unbearable.
If you brew water with soapberry, it makes a perfect insecticide rich in natural antibacterial ingredients. It has the same pH with our skin so, there are no harmful consequences to our body as well as to the plants that grow in the mildly acidic ground. Also, it is rich in Saponin, the natural surfactant which prevents the aphids from reoccurring.
Organic soapberry spray recipe
1. Cut the 5 pieces of soapberry in half, for better infusion, and brew them in 300ml of lukewarm water.
2. Brew it for 30 minutes and measure its pH. It is 5.6 which is equal to pH of the human body!
3. Strain it once with a paper towel to make sure it wouldn’t clog the sprayer hose and bottle it.
4. The organic insecticide for aphids is done!
5. Now, let’s spray this to poor Iceberg rosebuds suffering from aphids.
6. After the rain came, the flowers bloomed splendidly!
Use the remain as a multipurpose cleaner for your home
Do not throw away the leftover soapberry spray. Use them for washing dishes, cleaning kitchen, bathtub, toilet bowl, etc. where needs anti-bacterial and clean. There is no preservative added, remember to keep in the refrigerator and use it all within one-week time.