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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Why Use A Fungicide Spray On Your Fruit Trees?
Fungicide sprays will help to keep your fruit trees healthy and disease-free leaving you with a better harvest.
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.
Homemade Fungicide Sprays For Fruit Trees
Homemade Fungicide Spray #1
This fungicide spray is super easy to whip up and can help protect your trees from fungal diseases including Powder 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.
Homemade Fungicide Spray #2
This fungicide for fruit trees can be used to treat black spot, leaf spot, and scab mildew.
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.
Homemade Fungicide Spray #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 a good fungicide for your orchard to kill soil-borne diseases by stimulating beneficial micro-organisms
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.
Before you go, check these out!
- Homemade Dormant Sprays For Your Orchard
- The Best Orchard Supplies For A Homestead
- How To Prune Fruit Trees