How to Remove Ants and Fungus from the Plant?

The issue of fungus in plants persists in almost every season of the year, leading to various problems. Additionally, the constant threat of ant attacks is alarming, as ants often bring along harmful insects that can cause extensive damage to the entire plant. In this article, we will explore organic treatments on how to remove ants and fungus from plants. 

Problems:

1. Fungus on soil surface:

Initially, fungus appears on the soil surface, gradually spreading to the entire plant and causing potential damage to the entire plant.

2. Another issue is related to ants:

If ants are consistently present around your plants, it’s a sign that mealybugs or aphids have attacked.

ants on plant

 

  • Mealybugs and aphids release a sweet, wax-like substance on the leaves, attracting ants to feed on it. In return, ants protect these insects from other harmful predators.

Mealybugs on plant leaves

Organic remedy to remove fungus and ants

For both the issues of fungus and ants, there’s a single solution—cinnamon powder.

Note:

  • Cinnamon powder serves as a potent organic and chemical-free fungicide, conveniently available in our homes.

How to Remove Ants and Fungus from the Plant

How to use Cinnamon Powder as a Fungicide?

Cinnamon powder

 

1. Remove the affected layer of the soil:

  • If your pot’s soil is well-drained, the likelihood of a fungus attack is minimized. In the event that fungus has already appeared on the surface, the first step is to remove that layer of soil.

fungus on soil surface

2. Once the fungus is cleared, evenly sprinkle cinnamon powder on the soil’s surface. You will observe the fungus disappearing. This serves as the easiest and quickest remedy for this problem.

Sprinkle Cinnamon powder on the soil surface (1)

Note:

  • It’s important to note that this is a one-time treatment; there’s no need to repeat it.
  • While there are various fungicides, also known as Trichoderma spp, available in the market, you can achieve better results with cinnamon powder.

How to use cinnamon as an insecticide for ants?

The potent smell of cinnamon is an effective deterrent for ants, making them avoid areas with this fragrance.

However, for ants that roam extensively on branches, stems, leaves, and soil, simply sprinkling cinnamon powder may not suffice.

ants on plant

To address ant infestations, it is recommended to create a cinnamon solution and spray it thoroughly over the entire plant.

To make the solution, follow these steps:

1. Add 1 tbsp. cinnamon powder to 2 cups of water.

Add Cinnamon powder in water

2. Boil the solution until it reduces to 1/4 of its initial quantity.

Boil the solution cinnamon powder

3. Sieve the solution using a cotton cloth.

Sieve the solution

4. Dilute 20% of this solution with 80% normal water, fill it into a spray bottle, and then spray it on your plants. This will effectively repel ants, causing them to flee from the plants.

5. If the ant infestation is severe, you can spray the solution daily on your plants.

Spray the solution on your plants

6. The organic nature of this solution ensures it won’t harm your plants.

7. It is worth noting that the solution will not kill ants; they will simply move away from the treated plants.

8. The solution can be stored at room temperature for 20-25 days unless the weather is exceptionally hot.

Now, I am sure you can save your plants from ants and fungi.

Must read:

1. How to make Neem Pesticide at home

2. How to use Neem oil in gardening

Keep planting !!

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