Carnivorous plant safe Neem oil and pesticide recipes

Lloyd Gordon

Cactus micrografter newbie.
Staff member
Here's Al Bickell's recipe:

1 litre water
2-3 cc Neem oil
few drops of Eucalyptus oil (for red-spider mite)
1 tbsp light mineral oil
5-6 drops dishwater detergent

Shake vigorously to suspend oils. Keep in fridge to keep fresh. Must be room temperature to keep Neem oil liquid. For scale use double the Neem concentration.

In my experience the normal strength is fine on Mexican pings and larger Sarracenia. The higher strength is toxic to VFT's and small Sarracenia but they do bounce back. I have never tried it on utrics. Sundews do not like it and I would be careful trying it on them.
 

Lloyd Gordon

Cactus micrografter newbie.
Staff member
If you want you could try it on an older leaf to experiment. In general, the softer the plant, the more sprays hurt them. A woody Nep. or a tough old Sarr might be ok but a delicate dew/ping/VFT might be injured.
 
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