It’s that time of year again, but finding an organic fungicide to use can be hard. Try these easy homemade fungicide sprays for your backyard orchard. These sprays can be made out of ingredients you have in your house and whipped up in no time at all!
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Homemade Fungicide For Fruit Trees
What Is A Natural Fungicide?
A natural fungicide is made of organic or natural ingredients instead of harsh or dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to you, your animals, or wildlife around you. The recipes you’ll find below are all organic natural fungicides for your orchard.
Does Dish Soap Kill Fungus?
Yes! Dish soap will kill fungus, which makes it a great ingredient for homemade fruit tree fungicide sprays! We use dish soap in many of our fungicide sprays.
Why Use A Fungicide Spray On Your Fruit Trees?
Why you should use a fungicide spray on your trees is pretty simple, a fruit tree fungicide will help to keep your fruit trees healthy and disease-free leaving you with a better harvest at the end of the season.
When To Use Fungicide Sprays On Your Orchard
You should spray your fruit trees with a fungicide spray at least twice, once when the flower buds first form, Then again when the buds swell but before they open.
How Do You Make Homemade Fungicide Spray?
Making your own homemade fungicide for fruit trees is a great way to save money, while still ensuring that you are raising organic fruit. These four natural fungicide sprays are what we use on our own trees year after year and they are super easy to make!
Homemade Fungicide Spray #1
This fungicide for fruit trees spray is super easy to whip up and can help protect your trees from fungal diseases including Powdery mildew, blight, anthracnose, Botsytis, downey mildew, fusarium wilt, rust, and scab.
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Quart Warm Water
Small Squirt Dish Soap (we use Castile Soap)
Dissolve baking soda in warm water and add soap. Mix carefully and test on the tree before spraying the whole thing. If this solution is too strong it will burn the leaves. Never spray this in direct sunlight, try to do it on days with little to no wind and in the late evening hours.
Natural Fungicide For Fruit Trees #2
This natural fungicide can be used to treat black spot, leaf spot, and scab mildew. I like to use this one on our peach trees and plum trees every season.
1 Gallon Water
3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
Dash Of Molasses
Dash of Mild Dish Soap
Mix and spray in the early morning or late evening. Avoid spraying it on windy days or in direct sunlight.
Organic Fungicide For Fruit Trees #3
This garlic fungicide for fruit trees works well to fight against pathogens like powdery mildew, downy mildew, and leaf spot.
3 Ounces Minced Garlic
1 Ounce Mineral Oil
Dash of dish soap
Combine garlic and oil and leave for 24 hours. Then mix into 1 gallon of water add the dish soap and spray. Avoid spraying in direct sunlight or on windy days.
Homemade Fungicide Spray #4
Cornmeal makes another great fungicide for fruit trees to kill soil-borne diseases by stimulating beneficial micro-organisms. I use this on many of our roses when they have fungus.
To create a foliar spray:
1 cup of cornmeal
1 gallon of water
Soak cornmeal overnight, then strain and spray onto the trees.
How To Spray Your Orchard With A Fungicide Spray
Using a tree sprayer (we like to use a 5-gallon bucket and trombone sprayer) thoroughly cover your fruit trees with the fungicide spray. Make sure you wear, gloves, goggles and a mask to keep the spray out of your face and try to wear a hat and long sleeve shirt as well.
Does Rain Wash Off Fungicide Spray?
Whether the rain can or will wash your fruit tree fungicide spray is a really common concern, which causes people to be hesitant to spray before rainstorms. However, once dry fungicide is pretty hard to wash off and the rain has little effect on them.
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