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Old August 14, 2008   #1
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Default Aspirin and Plants, How it works

Found this article on how aspirin affects a plants immune system. Here's the link. Ami

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...1209080025.htm
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Old August 14, 2008   #2
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The first I heard of it was when I was watching a gardening show on TV called Vasili’s Garden . The lady he was interviewing about her garden told him that she used aspirin on her tomato plants. So last year I used it, and not only on my tomato plants, but all the other vegetables I was growing. I used 2 tablets in a 9 litre watering can every 3 to 4 weeks. All the vegetables were all great but in saying that, it may have been just a good year for growing. I told 4 of my friends who also grow vegetables and all had the same result.
Plants make salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin, to trigger natural defences against bacteria, fungi and viruses. Thus, Aspirin is an activator of "systemic acquired resistance" (SAR) However, plants often do not produce salicylic acid quickly enough when attacked by a microbe to prevent injury. Spraying aspirin on plants speeds up the SAR response.


http://ww20.sbs.com.au/vasilisgarden/index.php?pid=gardens&active_anchor=683
http://www.ehow.com/how_2126099_use-aspirin-grow-tomatoes.html

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would this be a good "fix"for late blite? I grow organic seeds and plants.
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Ruggs, Aspirin boosts the plants natural defenses Like cortisone does to the human body. Late Blite, "Phytophthora infestans" is a fungus that appears later in the year when daytime temps decrease and rain and moisture are more prevalent. True, healthy plants are less suseptable to disease but normally fungus does prevail unless preventative measures are taken.
From the organic side of the house I have had good luck with a product called Actinovate which is effective against soil borne disease when applied as a drench or airborne contacted diseases when used as a foliar.
From the non-organic side growers have had good results with Daconil for foliar diseases, as it acts as a blocker not allowing the fungus to form on the plant. They both have to be applied regularly depending on the weather conditions to be effective against foliar disease. Ami
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I used Daconil as a preventive measure early in the season last year. I also sprayed my plants with Bullseye insecticide (from Garden's Alive). Many of my plants (both tomatoes and peppers) were stunted. Could either of the products I used caused this?
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I routinely treat tomato seedlings with Daconil when I transplant them out into the garden, and have never had one stunted by it.
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I used Daconil as a preventive measure early in the season last year. I also sprayed my plants with Bullseye insecticide (from Garden's Alive). Many of my plants (both tomatoes and peppers) were stunted. Could either of the products I used caused this?
I can tell you that Daconil does not stunt plants, agreeing with bcday, and it's the most widely used and reseached anti-fungal worldwide, but I can't speak to the insecticide.
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Isn't Bullseye a spinosad product? If so, I used the Monterey Garden Insect Spray, also containing spinosad, and had no problems.
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Info on Aspirin

aspirins

Aspirin and plants

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Robin's 1st of the 3 links didn't work for me.

What is the proper dose in mg per gal of water for spraying or watering?

All I have on hand is a huge bottle of "Enteric Coated" 325mg aspirin from Sam's. If I put them in a blender with water would that be OK?

Where to get yucca extract and do you think important to use?

What brand of "mild" soap to use and how much?

I'm really anxious to try this out as have 8 bacterial disease infected tomato plants that I'm treating with super-oxygenated water, and I'm thinking the aspirin water would complement or even be better.

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I have never come across any hard information on how much
aspirin in how much water is enough or on how much would
be too much. My advice would be to crush two with a mortar
and pestle (or two spoons and a ball peen hammer), put them
in the blender, fill with water, blend, drench the soil around the
base of the plant with it. The roots will take it in, and it should
have the same effect as a foliar spray as the salycilic acid
makes its way up the through the plant, which is to stimulate
the plant's natural immune system.

Murphy's Oil Soap (original formula) and Castille Soap are both
organic, vegetable derived soaps. I do not know which cheap
dish soaps would lack artificial chemicals (that may or may not
be safe to spray on your plants).

Yucca extract:
http://www.groworganic.com/item_PSA0...act_Quart.html

(There are probably other brands of that, too, that was simply
one that I remembered seeing that probably has some useful
information in the description.)
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Another thing to work on is soil health. I can't stress this enough. I use organics just about all of time. 1 tblsp. baking soda/gallon and 1 tsp. of ivory liquid soap works well against fungal disease. Horticultural cornmeal applied to the soil works well to stop many soil borne disease. You can even make a tea with the cornmeal and spray it. Check out dirtdoctor.com for more info.
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Robin's 1st of the 3 links didn't work for me.

What is the proper dose in mg per gal of water for spraying or watering?

Thanks,
jt
JT,
Go to the top of this page and click on the word "Search," then put in the word - aspirin - you'll come up with alot of threads on the subject.

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Thanks for the help.

I had problems getting the 325mg enteric coated aspirin to dissolve. When cut in half with a pill splitter and put into 4 oz water the coating quickly separates from the aspirin flakes and can be fished out with tweezers. The pile of little elongated flakes would not dissolve in 4, 8 or 12 oz water. When I nuked the 8 oz jar to just a boil (3 min) the pile of flakes got a little smaller. Finally I went to a quart jar half filled with distilled water and nuked for 4 min and then an additional 2 min. The flakes got smaller and some disappeared, but there remained a cloud of small particles in the water.

Added tap water to make a gal or so and used as a dip for the seedlings in 5 1/4" pots and bottom soaked the root systems.

I had striped the diseased and most other leaves off the plants a few days ago and have been treating daily with Lotus water from my sanitizing system. If the super-oxygenated water hasn't already killed the bacterial speck/spot maybe the aspirin water will help.

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Isn't some of the residue the filler material in those pills?
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