Natural Or Organic Approved Plant Remedys and Tonics


Natural Or Organic Approved Plant Remedys and Tonics

To share natural plant remedy recipes, identify diseases and link to the appropriate cures.

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Tamarillo 4 Replies

I have a tamarillo tree that lost all it's leaves and the last 3cm of the shrunk is dead and brown. Before dropping the leaves got more yellow and yellow. Does anybody know what this is and how to…Continue

Started by Lyn Isaac. Last reply by Lyn Isaac Nov 9, 2013.

peach leaf curl 4 Replies

I have been having a battle with leaf curl since buying a new peach tree about four years ago. When I asked for advice from the nursery I bought it from they said dont worry just remove curled leaves…Continue

Started by Isabell Strange. Last reply by Lorraine Barnett Jul 25, 2012.

Thoughts on mosquitoes 2 Replies

Nobody likes mosquitoes and I've been thinking about some natural controls.The eggs are laid on water. They hatch and the wrigglers live in water for two or three weeks as they grow. Then the third…Continue

Tags: pests, control, mosquitoes

Started by Jacqui Knight. Last reply by Mark Spencer Dec 19, 2011.

Avodado agony

I have two avocado trees that are not doing well.  These are mature trees, they have dropped most of their leaves, regrown very small pathetic looking leaves, and are not fruiting well.  I think it…Continue

Started by Maree W Oct 7, 2011.

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Comment by Crystal's Garden on June 15, 2010 at 2:14pm
Comment by Isabell Strange on April 23, 2010 at 9:31am
I am just about to make a batch of compost tea, as I have read that it is a great cure for botrytis (a rot which is acompanied by an outer grey fuzz). My strawberries suffered a little from it this humid summer, and a potted cyclamen i was recently given is getting decimated by it. I have noticed stone fruit is also susceptible on fruit I have bought.
Compost ingredients should include animal manure and tree bark if it is intended for disease control.
Here are three recipes I have found.
1. Put 4 litres of well-matured compost into a 20 litre container.
Add water until the container is full.
Stir well.
Place in warm place for 3 days to ferment.
controls fungal diseases

2. Mix well-matured compost with water at a ratio of 1:6
Leave the mixture to ferment for 1 week
Filter the solution using a cotton flour sack
Add water to the solution until it has a tea-like color or you can also use it undiluted
Spray on plants every 14 days
controls: Powdery mildew, Botrytis grey furry mold

3. Mix compost with water at a ratio of 1:5 or 1:8 (1 part of compost by volume to 5-8 parts of water by volume).
Leave the solution to ferment for 3-7 days.
Filter using a cotton flour sack.
Place the compost tea in watering can or sprinkler.
Spray early morning or late afternoon.
Diseases controlled: Late blight is controlled by horse compost tea, Botrytis, downy and powdery mildew are controlled by cattle/straw compost extract, Fusarium wilt on tomato is controlled by bark compost tea.

First remove the diseased plant parts, and sprinkle tea over in early morning or late afternoon using a watering can, repeat application after 3-4 days.
Comment by Kali on April 10, 2010 at 2:50pm
I imagine it would just keep on fermenting, and be good for a few months at least, how do you want to store it? bottles might need some pressure taking off at intervals, but a bucket with a loose lid would be fine, I keep my brew fed and going continuously all year so don't need to store it.
Comment by Caroline Wilkinson on April 10, 2010 at 10:39am
Does anyone know if you can store Comfrey Tea and if you can how long for?
Comment by Caroline Wilkinson on December 14, 2009 at 8:35pm
Would like to try as all our stone fruit has curly leaf. Can you buy Horsetail plant?
Comment by Kali on December 14, 2009 at 1:23am
can't wait to try this isabel, sounds like it will be very useful!
Comment by Isabell Strange on December 13, 2009 at 11:14pm
. Horsetail Tea (Equisetum arvense)
The common horsetail plant, which is very invasive, is rich in silicon and helps plants to resist fungal diseases via increasing their light absorbing capabilities. Use on peach trees to control peach leaf curl. Use on most plants to combat powdery fungi, and on vegetables and roses to control mildew. You can use this on seedlings and plants in closed environments too! Great in greenhouses! Prevents damping off. To make:
• In a glass or stainless steel pot, mix 1/8 cup of dried leaves in 1 gallon of unchlorinated water. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for at least 1/2 hr. Cool and strain.
• Store extra concentrate in a glass container. Will keep for a month.
• Dilute this mix, adding 5-10 parts of unchlorinated water to one part concentrate. Spray plants that show any symptoms of fungal type disease once every 4 days. Spray your seed starting mixtures to prevent damping off.
Comment by Isabell Strange on December 13, 2009 at 10:55pm
Hi Christy
i thought I had cut and pasted the recipe too, not sure what happened there but it is the same recipe as Hester has posted above. An American gallon is approx 3.8 litres.
Comment by Christy Ralphs on December 13, 2009 at 7:54am
what concentration of baking soda do you use Isabell?
Comment by Megan on December 11, 2009 at 8:28am
I used to grow tobacco flowers and made a tea with their leaves for spraying aphids. The flowers have a beautiful scent too.

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