Propolis for plant care

Propolis for plant care

Propolis for plant care: the use of propolis in organic farming. The recipe of the hydroalcoholic solution and its use as an anti-pesticide.

Propolis (or propolis) thanks to its manyproperty, is widely used both as a natural remedy for humans and for garden care. In man, thepropolisit is used to fight and prevent infections, to heal small wounds and for its interesting nutritional properties. For all the information on the use of propolis for human health, please refer to the page: Propolis, properties. In this article we will focus on the use ofpropolis in organic farming and for garden care.

Propolis, properties

Therepropolisit is a natural substance with strong anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, fungicidal and antioxidant properties. Therepropolisit is rich in polyphenolic substances, in particular flavonoids, aromatic molecules, phenols and polyphenols. It is thanks to these substances that propolis is considered a powerful antioxidant.

Thepropertyof thepropolisthey can be used, in humans and in the plant kingdom, to combat bacterial and fungal infections and small lesions.

Propolis in organic farming

Inbiological agricultureand inbiodynamic,propolis is heavily exploited. In reality it is not anatural remedyof modern agronomic technique ... it is a traditional remedy used for garden care already from our ancestors.

Propolis for plant care

In organic, biodynamic agriculture and for garden care, thepropolisis used for the plant careand in particular to prevent and combat fungal infections and the attack of parasites.

Propolis for the treatment of Downy mildew

Therepropolisit is very suitable for the control of fungal diseases. In particular, this substance is used to counteract thedowny mildew. It can be used in preventive treatment and to counteract the infestations of downy mildew of grapevines, potatoes, chicory, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, beet, onion, pumpkin, zucchini, cucumber, melon ...

For which diseases propolis is indicated

In addition todowny mildew, thepropolisit is very suitable for the treatment ofpeach bubbleand various types of powdery mildew, both of horticultural species and ornamental plants. It is therefore an excellent natural remedy to combat powdery mildew from the rose.

How to prepare the hydroalcoholic tincture: the recipe

To make the most of theproperties of propoliswe can use it in the form of alcoholic tincture. The recipe for DIY preparation is simple.

You simply need to get 300 grams of propolis (to be ground or already finely ground). If you are lucky enough to keep bees, you can extract the propolis and grind it in the blender but before and after the procedure, you will have to keep it for several hours in the refrigerator. You put the hot propolis (or at room temperature) in the blender, it will tend to create a paste.

In a clean container add:

  • 300 gr of finely ground propolis
  • 2 liters of water
  • 2 grams of powdered soy lecithin

Stir and leave to macerate for 20 days. Mix the mixture at least twice a day!

After 20 days, strain with a muslin cloth. The residue is left to macerate again in a solution consisting of 850 ml of denatured alcohol to which only one gram of soy lecithin is added.

Again, let it macerate for another 20 days.

At the end of the 20 days you will have onehydroalcoholic tinctureto be diluted in water.

You will only need 10 ml of hydro-alcoholic tincture of propolis to be diluted in 5 liters of water to be sprayed as a preventive treatment on plants.

Soy lecithin

Lecithin is easy to find in the most well-stocked food stores or by taking advantage of online purchases. On Amazon, a 250 gram pack of poor soy lecithin costs around 4 euros with free shipping.

If you don't have a muslin cloth at home, you can always buy it online or you can use gauze or an old worn-out kitchen towel. A colander would also be fine but it should be very tightly meshed so as not to waste precious propolis.