I returned from vacation to a serious bout of spider mites infecting many of my house plants and it was spray or hold a burial for the plants as they succumbed to a mass take-over of bugs.
I bought some Safer’s Insecticide Soap which seems pretty environmentally friendly as it’s made up of “specially selected soaps, no other pesticides are added.” Hmmm, actually, that does seem to imply there is some pesticide in there already since “no others” are added. But maybe soap can be a “pesticide” without being a harsh chemical?
Anyway, the Safer’s Insecticide Soap came with sample size of Safer’s Oxygen Plus indoor plant food which promises to “breathe new life into potted plants.” Well, what the heck, we could all use a little extra life I guess.
The question is, is the Oxygen Plus liquid fertilizer safe on veggie plants, stuff I plan to eat? I have some herbs as ground cover in my large banana leaf plant pot — the idea is to keep in some of the moisture. Is it still safe for me to eat the sage now that I’ve used this product on it? And what about my container garden on the balcony, are those veggies safe if I use it there too?
There’s no specific info on the website about food safety issues with the product, either pro or con. I’ve emailed the company, I’ll let you know if/how they respond.
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I received a response (hurrah!) from Cheryl, a Consumer Care Representative with Woodstream Corporation, who first advised the product should only be used on non-edible plants, then followed up with an email next day advising she’d been corrected by an in-house chemist:
“The caution I was looking at yesterday means it should not be ingested directly from the bottle or a mixture of water and product. I interpreted it as not to be used on edible plants.”
So, it is okay to use on edible plants. I have another email in to see if it’s actually organic, which I forgot to ask the first time…
This just in… Safer’s Oxygen Plus indoor plant food is NOT organic. Sigh. Since one my goals is to take an organic approach to gardening, it’s not a product I will be using on my plants.