Pest Control

Pest Control, Rooting Hormones, and Fertilizer.

I’d like to open this section with the disclosure that all statements on this page are anecdotal. This is what has worked for me, but that does not mean that it will work for you the same way. Please practice caution when trying new products, and follow dilution recommendations carefully.


Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is a fine powder made of crushed microscopic organisms called, “diatoms,” which were hard-shelled algae living millions of years ago. It’s abrasive and absorbent, and that’s the mechanics of how it works. When pests walk through the Diatomaceous Earth, it causes tiny cuts on the insect’s exoskeleton, and then absorbs fats and oils, eventually causing it to dry out and perish. It is important to note that while wet, Diatomaceous Earth will not have the same effectiveness as when it is dry. High humidity and moisture levels will impede the ability to kill bugs, so I use this more on Succulents and Cacti than on Aroids or other tropical plants. After drying out, it will regain effectiveness.

It can be applied topically, onto affected plants, or mixed into soil. The pictured brand happens to come with a small duster that can be used for an even distribution of the powder. If using a duster, it is recommended to use a mask to avoid inhaling the dust, as it can cause irritation to the nose, throat, and lungs. When mixing into soil, try to distribute as evenly as possible.


Bonide Systemic Granules

These granules are designed to be sprinkled into your soil, and dissolve over time to continually protect against a wide range of pests, including mealybugs, thrips, spider mites, and more.  The granules dissolve a small amount every time you water, renewing the effectiveness to kill eggs, larvae, and mature insects. You can sprinkle this onto the top of potted plants and use your fingers to mix it into the top layer, and then water. Mixing into a fresh batch of soil will help evenly distribute the granules so all the soil is treated thoroughly.


Captain Jack’s Dead Bug


This is a fantastic product that can be sprayed or used systemically. It doesn’t have much odor, which is a major plus for me, and it controls everything from mealybugs to spidermites.


Isopropyl Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is a simple pest treatment, geared towards mealybugs, as it can dissolve their fluffy webbing so that they can then be removed with a cotton swab, or be rinsed off under water.


Bonide Systemic Concentrate

Now, this product works insanely well, however it stinks so bad. I would recommend utilizing this outdoors, or in a setup that is really well ventilated.


Neem Oil

Neem oil is a well known and highly recommended pesticide. The smell leaves much to be desired, but it works well. It controls insects by smothering, leaving them unable to breathe.


Bonide All Seasons Horticultural & Dormant Oil Concentrate

This concentrate is great for a spray pest control. I’ve used it with lots of success in controlling Thrips and Spidermites



This is a fantastic liquid fertilizer that I use in just about all of my plants. It’s crammed with nutrients, and can be used every time you water. When you first use it, I recommend diluting a little more than directed to see if your plants have any adverse reactions.


Rooting Hormones

Rooting hormones are wonderful for assisting with propagation. The Bontone Rooting Powder has been my favorite for succulents and cacti, as is helps try out the fresh cuts.

Clonex is a nutrition dense gel that assists the plant with preservation against rot, while providing extra ‘oomph’ to your freshly cut propagations. I recommend dipping the cut in this immediately after your cut is mae.

Dip ‘N Grow is a concentrate that needs to be diluted well. In a similar concept, you simply dip the fresh cut into the solution, and place in your growing media.

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