Neem – Living Soils


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Neem meal (or ‘cake’) is the residue of neem kernels after they are crushed for their oil. It includes well over 100 bio active ingredients and has been proven to be effective against a spectrum of nematodes and other soil pests (but importantly won’t harm worms) so is a great natural pesticide.

Our neem meal is certified organic and sourced direct from a cooperative of farmers in Tamil Nadu, India. We mill this into a fine powder to ensure that it has a small particle size and uniform consistency for rapid mineralisation.

What are the benefits of using neem meal?

As a result of neem containing an active ingredient called Azadirachtin this, alongside other ingredients, has been found to be effective at controlling pathogenic microorganisms with minimal impact to beneficial microbes.

In terms of plant nutrition, neem meal has a balanced NPK ratio of 2.1.1 and contains a wide range of macro and micronutrients, including:

  • Calcium,
  • Copper,
  • Iron,
  • Magnesium,
  • Manganese,
  • Sulphur, and
  • Zinc

How to apply it

We recommend including neem meal when preparing your initial substrate mix at a rate of 1 tbsp/ gallon of substrate if also adding Grow/ Grow Auto (otherwise 2 tbps/ gallon).

When using as a top dressing we suggest 1 tbsp/ gallon bi-weekly through veg & early flower.