Chamomile Foliar Spray
Chamomile tea is a natural protector of young plants, helping them to reduce likelihood of damping off in addition to prevention of fungal disease.
You Will Need:
- Chamomile leaves
- 1 ounce of water
- 1 plastic water bottle
- 1-gallon pitcher
- Measuring cup (ounces)
- Strainer, cheesecloth, or fine sieve
- Goggles for eye protection
- Rubber gloves for skin protection
- PreGro Plant Sprayer
Make a chamomile foliar spray by drilling a very small hole in the bottle cap of a plastic water bottle. Put on your protective eyewear and rubber gloves. Pour 1 ounce of water into your plastic bottle then shove the chamomile leaves into the bottle. Screw the cap onto the bottle and turn the bottle upside down into a gallon-sized pitcher. Leave the plastic bottle to drip into the pitcher for 3 weeks. After 3 weeks, the gallon-sized pitcher will contain a highly-concentrated and extremely smelly dark liquid. Put on your protective gear once again and dilute the brown liquid by pouring in 15 times as much water. For example, if you get 3 ounces of chamomile concentrate, add 45 oz. of water (roughly 3 pints) for proper dilution. Strain the solution of all solids using a strainer, cheesecloth, or fine sieve. All solids must be removed from your final foliar spray solution. Pour the final chamomile foliar spray solution into the easy-to-fill glass container. Never shake the PreGro Plant Sprayer when the glass container is attached to the sprayer. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes aerosol technology, but does not contain CFCs. For optimal spray, hold sprayer between a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree angle.
- Test your homemade foliar spray on a single plant to make sure the solution does not have adverse effects.
- Spray your plants in the early morning or evening, spraying the underside of the leaves and the base of the plant to thoroughly douse the soil.