Is it safe to use neem oil for roses? I just planted some and I want to protect them from aphids and diseases.
Orla Beard, Mt. Sterling
I’m glad you asked about neem oil for roses because it’s an excellent way to keep your flowers free of pests that have the potential to destroy your plants. Neem oil is an excellent home remedy for aphids on roses and it’s a natural pesticide that gets rid of spider mites, scale, and other garden pests, as well.
You may be wondering, “Is Neem oil safe for bees and other pollinators? Thankfully, Neem won’t usually harm beneficial insects like bees, especially if you spray it at night when they aren’t around. It’s generally safe to use around pets and people, but read the label just to be sure.
To treat your roses or other flowering plants, mix neem oil with warm water and a few drops of dish detergent. Make a fresh batch each time you use it as the neem oil breaks down after a few hours. Take a look at the exact recipe here: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/39-fascinating-uses-and-benefits-of-neem-oil/
For the best results when using neem oil for kill aphids and other unwanted pests, apply the neem oil in the evening when the sun is not hot on the plants. Be sure to spray it underneath leaves as well as on top and on the entire stem to ensure that you get all of the bugs. Then, if you irrigate after applying this home pest control method, be careful to water only at the roots so you don’t wash away the oil.
A soil drench or soak is another way to eliminate aphids and other bugs over time. The roots take up the oil and spread it throughout the plant. Those bugs that try to feed on the plant find it tastes bad and avoid it.
To sum up, you’ll need to continue applications about once a week, or right after heavy rainfall. Neem oil should keep garden pests under control so that your roses flourish. Natural solutions are always preferred over chemical compounds to protect the environment and to save money at the same time.