24 Oct Could Essential Oils Stop Fruit Fungus Problems?
Calling all warriors! Raise your hand right now if you have a garden in your backyard. Perhaps you have containers on a patio or grow herbs in your kitchen – that counts!
Growing your own food to eat reduces your reliance on commercial distribution systems. It means you have something fresh and healthy without chemical exposures to manage.
One of the best garden additions is a fruit tree. After you establish its roots, most of them are self-sustaining producers that require little work beyond pruning and harvesting.
If you live in a moist environment, you may encounter a specific problem. Fungal growth and plant disease can ruin crops before they start.
If you have essential oils available to apply, you can avoid chemical fungicides that could be harmful to your pets and family.
Tea tree oil is an excellent example. Apply it to your fruit trees to avoid many of the dangerous side effects that chemicals offer.
What Is Tea Tree Oil?
If you aren’t familiar with tea tree oil, you should know that it comes from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree.
Some people conflate it with tea oil that comes from the pressed seeds of the plants we use to get leaves for brewing it.
It is even sometimes confused with Camellia oleifera, the tea oil plant.
Tea tree oil provides a massive antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal benefit when directly applied to any surface. You can find it at garden supply shops, department stores, supermarkets, and online.
One of the active ingredients in this essential oil is terpnen-4-ol. It is effective against a wide range of fungal infections, working against fruit rot problems to ensure you can achieve a successful harvest.
It’s not just fruit trees that it can help. Farmers and growers apply tea tree oil to oats, barley, and wheat to stop the fungus that causes Fusarium head blight.
It also stops leather rot in strawberries, blight problems with tomatoes, and similar problems found with sugar beets and potatoes.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil Appropriately
If you want to stop fungal growth on some plants, combine two tablespoons of tea tree oil with two cups of water. You’ll mix this combination in a spray bottle to apply it every 3-7 days on your affected plants.
Should you not need that much, you can halve the recipe to apply 1 tablespoon to one cup of water. You can also double the recipe if you need to spray your entire garden.
If you apply too much tea tree oil, it may burn the leaves. Try to spray during the morning hours to reduce this issue. Pick away anything that has blight on it before spraying the plant with the mixture.
As an extra benefit, tea tree oil can stop whiteflies from excreting their substance, causing mold fungi to grow.
Please avoid swallowing the essential oil as it can be toxic. If you have allergies to benzoin, myrtle, or balsam, you may want to look for a different option.