Plants & Gardening

How do you treat sooty mold on Lilly Pilly?

You should treat the sooty mold plant by pouring the detergent water on the plant. This process will kill the scale insects.

How do you remove black sooty mold from Lilly Pilly?

The blackened stem and the black covering over the leaves is called Sooty Mould. By spraying with PestOil or Yates White Oil, this will not only suffocate and kill the scale but it will also help to loosen up the mold that is covering the leaf.

How do you treat sooty Mould?

Sooty mold can be removed by wiping the affected foliage with a damp cloth. This is only temporary and re-infestation will occur if the other pest issues are not treated. Collect fallen leaves affected by sooty mold and place in the bin – DO NOT compost!

Is Seasol good for Lilly Pilly?

Previous owners planted a Lilly pilly hedge which stayed twig-like for two years. Having had great results with seasol before I applied it weekly for two weeks, fortnightly for two months, then monthly for about 6 months. The hedge was touching in 6 months and really dense inside a year.

Are blood and bone good for lilly pillies?

The most important aspect of planting your new hedge is to ensure the ground is well prepared beforehand by adding either cow manure or blood and bone or Dynamic Lifter to the soil prior to planting and leave a week to break down.

Does homemade insecticidal soap work?

Insecticidal soap kills harmful insects like mites, aphids, thrips, white flies, and immature leafhoppers. The fatty acids in the soap dissolve the insects' exoskeleton, causing them to dehydrate. Many gardeners turn to this foamy remedy not only because it's effective, but also because it is more eco-friendly.

How do you care for a Lilly pilly hedge?

Most Lilly pilly varieties like reliable moisture over the warmer months, so keep your plant well-watered. The smartest way to do this is to lay down a drip irrigation system attached to a timer at planting time. Side-dress plants with a quality composted manure at least every spring, and water this in well.

Is it OK to spray plants with soapy water?

Soaps and detergents are toxic to plants. A strong solution of soapy water sprayed onto foliage can disintegrate the leaves' waxy coating, resulting in water loss and the eventual dehydration death of the plant.

What is the black soot on my plants?

The black stuff on the leaves is a fungus called sooty mold. It doesn't attack plants directly. Instead, it grows on the sticky honeydew secreted by sucking insects feeding on the plant. So inspect the foliage carefully, both top and bottom surfaces.

What is the best fertilizer for lilly pillies?

To maximize the growth of young plants apply manure, compost or a certified organic pelletized fertiliser in spring, summer and autumn. In addition growth will be greatly enhanced with doses of eco-seaweed and eco-amino gro every 2-4 weeks during the same period.

When should I prune my Lilly Pilly?

'By late spring, this hedge will be covered in shiny bronze new growth and the scale will be gone. You can prune as soft or as hard as you like - even down to ground level. The best time to do this is in late winter before new growth comes on in spring. In cooler climates wait until all danger of frosts has past.

How often should you water Lilly Pilly?

You should aim to water your lilly pilly around two to three times a week. However, when grown in the ground, these plants can tolerate drought conditions, meaning you won't need to worry about them too much if you're facing water restrictions.

What soap can I use on plants?

Pure Soap: Use a pure liquid soap, such as Castile, or all-natural soap. The active ingredient in insecticidal soap comes from the fatty acids in animal fat or vegetable oil, so it's important to use the real thing.

Can I use dynamic lifter on Lilly Pilly?

Choose a place in the garden that gets full sun to part shade. Prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball.

Is Seamungus the same as Seasol?

For newly established plants, Seasol acts as a boost to enhance the strength of your plants and help them fight against disease and harsh environments. Seamungus comes in pellet form which slowly releases nutrients into the soil over a long period of time.

Is Dynamic Lifter the same as blood and bone?

You can use both in your garden, one of our Yates Professional Blood and Bone (Plus Potash) has got potash in it which is great for flowers and fruit. Dynamic lifter is goof for all round good growth, just make sure that you water in well.

Can I use blood and bone on natives?

Well, just like exotics, natives respond well to feeding too and for most, you can just use an all-purpose fertiliser like blood and bone or dynamic lifter.

Can you spray Dawn dish soap on plants?

Dawn dish soap is safe for plants if you use a small amount diluted with water. It does contain chemicals that can be abrasive and harm plants if used in large amounts. I would also recommend using a Dawn variety that has minimal additives used for scent or cleaning.

Is neem oil the same as insecticidal soap?

The plots treated with neem oil had fewer active fire ant mounds compared to insecticidal soap and water controls. Even though the neem oil was not significantly different than insecticidal soap or water control, it did eliminate more fire ant mounds within the trial.