Boost­ing plant im­mu­nity

The Tribune (NZ) - - GARDENING -

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.

Prob­lems? Ring me at 0800 466464 (Palmer­ston North 357 0606)Email wal­lyjr@gar­de­news.co.nzWeb site www.gar­de­news.co.nz

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

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.

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