Neem – Why it’s a Grower’s Best Friend!
Neem oil. Most growers haven’t even heard of it, and most of those that have probably aren’t aware of what a natural miracle it is.
A small proportion of growers have come across this curious oil in their quest for a treatment for one of the indoor growers’ nemesis’s – spider mites. However, to say that neem oil is just a pest control product would be to do it an injustice – and a big one at that!
Neem oil is derived from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree (Azadirachta Indica). The tree itself thrives in tropical and semi-tropical locations and while it is native to India and other Eastern countries, it is spreading and is now found even in Iran.
For a completely natural oil, neem has an absolutely astounding amount of beneficial properties. We have mentioned already that neem oil is a repellant to spider mites, and that alone makes neem an absolute godsend for the indoor grower!
However, neem oil is so much more than a spider mite deterrent. It also repels a whole host of other pests – thrips, aphids, whiteflies, fungus gnats, leafminers and mealy bugs to name just a few.
On top of that, neem controls many fungal diseases such as powdery mildew, rust spot fungi and black spot. It is an antiseptic too, it controls many bacterial infections and suppresses the activity of many viruses.
It doesn’t stop there either! Neem oil has many non-growing applications as it also can act as an anti-inflammatory and has been used in natural folklore medicine for all sorts of skin disorders such as acne and eczema. One study in Singapore has recently shown that it may shrink the size of prostate tumors. Of course, you should always consult a doctor/vet before using anything such as neem as a medicine for humans or animals. However, you do begin to wonder if there’s anything that this stuff doesn’t do???
Neem oil contains many types of lipids such as omega-3, omega-6, omega-9, palmitic acid and stearic acid. However, the main active ingredients that gives neem many of it’s amazing properties are something called Azadirachtin, and another one called Nimbin.
Getting back to Growing…
So, neem can make a huge difference in a grow room. It repels bugs, controls many fungal infections, and helps keep bacterial and viral infections away. So how is it best to use it?
Many growers use neem oil as a spray for their plants and sometimes their equipment. Neem oil is not directly soluble in water. To keep it mixed with water an emulsifier must be used. However, spraying plants regularly can be time consuming, particularly if you have a large garden, and of course it must be performed with the lights off.
Now, there’s a great alternative way of getting all the benefits of neem oil in your grow-space without having to get the spray-bottle out:
It’s a solid block containing neem made by an innovative company called Shield.
The Shield Neem Block releases neem into the air when air passes over it. The neem infused air can then be distributed in the grow-space by something as simple as a circulation fan. However, our favourite method is to place the open block inside one of the new DiffuseAir circulators.
In fact we love the DiffuseAir and Neem Block combination so much, we have decided to give away a free Shield Neem Block with any of our DiffuseAir products while stocks last!
Go get one while you can, and experience all the benefits of Neem Oil and vastly improved air circulation in your grow-room. You’ll never look back.