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Organically kills fungi and bacteria on food plants and ornamentals

Last month we talked about the great benefits of using neem oil to kill fungal and bacterial problems on your plants.

This month, we are going to give you another alternative to use. After all, you can never have enough choices.

Fungicidal soap has tons of benefits; one of the biggest things is that it works on both wet and dry leaf surfaces.

This makes it so convenient to use, because you don't have to wait for dry weather to apply it to your plants, which further protects them from fungi and bacteria getting a foothold.

It is also odorless, and like neem oil, it is not toxic to humans or mammals.

As it decomposes it can benefit plants

Fungicidal soap comes in a liquid concentrate, and as it decomposes, it forms soluble copper and fatty acid, which are both necessary to the growth of plants and soil microorganisms, so you help both the plant and the soil.

In addition to all the benefits mentioned so far, just look at all the common plant diseases it controls:

For Fruits It Helps Control:

  • Anthracnose on apples and pears
  • Bacterial canker
  • Leaf and fruit spots on stone fruits
  • Downy and powdery mildew
  • Black rot and gray mold on grapes
  • Septoria leaf spot on strawberries
For Vegetables It Helps Control::
  • Anthracnose
  • Bacterial spot
  • Early and late blight
  • Septoria leaf spot on tomatoes
  • Neck rot on onions
  • Bottom rot on lettuce
  • Bacterial blights
  • Downy and powdery mildew
  • Molds
  • Alternaria and other leaf blights.
For Ornamentals It Helps Control::
  • Black spot
  • Downy and powdery mildew
  • Rust on roses
  • Needle blight on pines
  • Dollarspot
  • Leaf spot
  • Stem rust and leaf blight on lawns
For best results, start applying early in the season on plants that are susceptible to disease in your area, and continue spraying until harvest time, or if using on ornamentals, until the threat of disease has gone.

Like any new spray that you apply to your plants, always test spray a few leaves before treating the entire plant to make sure no damage is done to the foliage.


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