Can anyone tell me how to make an insectide to pour into the pots of
houseplants that have spent the summer outside, before bringing them
into the house for the winter?
Can the same material be used to spray the tops?
Thanks. vince norris
Go to your nearest swimming pool supply store and purchase a gallon of
muriatic acid. Mix equal parts of the muriatic acid and water and
drench the soil in your pots.
To make a spray, dilute one part muriatic acid with three parts water.
Any left over muriatic acid makes a great substitute for tonic water
when mixed with an equal part of your favorite gin. Add a twist of
lemon instead of lime for additional flavor.
Why does you subject heading say one thing but your text say something
Unless you are a professional chemist yourself, you should leave the
formulating insecticides to the professionals and instead have your fat
little legs carry you to a store that sells insecticides for houseplants and
get the real thing.
Trying to be Mr. Wizard and concocting your own insecticide is not a good
idea and can be potentially dangerous. Don't take any of the hare-brained
advice from that snake oil salesman Jerry Baker.
Ideally, you should use a systemic and thoroughly saturate the soil and
plants at least a week before moving them indoors.
Go buy some orange oil used in horticultural practices and follow the label
directions for drenching the soil and spraying the tops.
Need a good, cheap, knowledge expanding present for yourself or a friend?
I took my plants in early this year while it was still somewhat warm at
night... usually I wait too long and lose all my leaves off my plants. Some
make it some don't but this year I have 100% of my plants not dropping leaves
and some are actually still have some good growing going on :o)
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