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Ivy Tea
« on: April 10, 2005, 12:50:53 »
I am making some ivy tea which is reputed to be an "Insectifuge and insecticide against white fly, spider mites, and aphids."  Has anybody ever made this and used it.  I will keep everybody informed as to what it is like.  I may even use it on my potatoes to keep the dreaded aphids away.
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Ivy Tea
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Re: Ivy Tea
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2005, 13:02:00 »
No I've never used it but will be really interested to hear how it goes.
I used to know a gentleman who made rhubarb leaf tea to rid his plants of aphids.

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Re: Ivy Tea
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2005, 13:38:15 »
ah! i just psed in the pesticide thread. couldnt remember what the rhubarb leaf solution was good for.
thanks MM
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Re: Ivy Tea
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2005, 17:00:58 »
The word 'tea' worries me ???
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Re: Ivy Tea
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2005, 17:56:24 »
No I've never used it but will be really interested to hear how it goes.
I used to know a gentleman who made rhubarb leaf tea to rid his plants of aphids.

MM

Fo info (might try this one as well)
Rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticum).
Perennial potager plant.
Active ingredients. Oxalic acid as salt of calcium.
Action. Insectifuge against aphids, caterpillars, and other larvae. Repulsive to herbivores.
Preparation. In cold maceration, use 1 lb. of chopped leaves in 3 quarts of water; allow to soak 24 hours before filtering. Use full strength. This is a great way to use rhubarb leaves as you eat the stalks.

Thanks to wivvles for the link in an earlier thread - I am going to try and make very good use of it.
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