Boosting plant immunity
can still ‘catch a cold’, and this bout of spring weather we’re experiencing has been particularly stressful for plants.
Chilly winds, too wet, too dry, with only the occasional fine day, do not make for great gardening conditions. A few monthly sprays of Perkfection Supa for roses and other plants will support plant immunity in times like these and throughout the growing season.
Its main active ingredient is ‘phosphite ion’ or phosphonic acid. Safe to handle with no withholding period on food crops other than routine washing, Perkfection Supa is suggested as an alternative to toxic sprays.
Use it to prevent or to help recovery from black spot, downy mildew (dry berry), botrytis, phytophthora root rot, canker, heart rot, damping off, crown rot, leaf blight, silver leaf, late blight, collar rot, pink rot, brown rot, armillaria, gummy stem rot and wet feet in citrus.
Its ‘synthetic organic phosphates’ are readily absorbed through foliage and easily transferred through the whole of the plant.
Perkfection can be sprayed over all fruiting plants and trees - strawberries, potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, beans, cubits (cucumbers etc) lawns, onions, passion fruit, cauliflowers, cybidium orchids, ornamental plants and vines. The spray fortifies the plant’s cells, increases its immune system and makes plants less susceptible to invading pathogens.
Beware though of using too much. The recommended application is 4ml per litre of spray once a month for about six times in a season.
Overloading a plant with organic phosphates clogs the cells and halts growth until the system clears. If a plant has an imminent problem, spray the first month at 7 mls per litre. For plants that need fortification use at 4ml per litre for two to three months.
Spraying in spring provides the greatest protection to leaves and fruit. Autumn spraying gives greatest protection to roots and tubers.
To help keep track of the spray programme, I suggest treating roses and other preferred plants with a combo of Perkfection, MBL (Magic Botanic Liquid) and Mycorrcin on the first of the month.
Fourteen days later, spray with Mycorrcin and MBL. This will boost plant immune systems, supply minerals and elements, and feed beneficial soil microbes.
If insect problems occur, include Wally’s Neem Tree Oil with Key Pyrethrum added. All these sprays are compatible.
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It has been a stressful spring weather-wise, making plants more susceptible to disease. A preventative spray programme now will lessen the chances of diseases such as botrytis, among others, striking later in the season.