Saponin extract powder for Spidermite and more. It's gardening time

Quillaja Saponin Extract Powder

What is it ?

Saponins are found in many plants and gained their name because like soap, they form a lather when combined with water (some marine life also contain saponins).

Saponins possess surface-active or detergent properties because the carbohydrate portion of the molecule is water-soluble, whereas the sapogenin is fat-soluble. We extract from the Quillaja plant and our product is designed to work as a gardening application.

Hemp Botanics, is proud to offer, ultra- organic, Quillaja saponin extract powder from Soil is Life. Our powder is not subject to cutting agents and or contaminants. Every batch is tested for profile, safety and cleanliness to ensure the highest quality, batch on batch.

The choice of plant saponin is important to support the desired process / end result.

As a gardening application Quillaja saponin extract powder is diluted in water to serve as a:

  • Soil and foliar drencher
  • Full spectrum plant health regulator
  • Naturally reduces the PH of your water or solution when mixed
  • Fight spider mite
  • Fight black fly
  • Fight thrip
  • Fight powdery mildew
  • Increase trichome production

Concentrated saponins are not considered safe for pets (this includes fish / cold blooded animals) and one should take care to keep our product sealed and out of reach from children and pets alike. Our product is concentrated Quillaja saponin extract powder.

Interestingly saponin powder extract diluted in water is safe for the skin and actual studies suggest a range of interesting benefits but we will save that for another time.

Quillaja saponin is a unique and all natural product meaning you are taking a holistic approach, to your gardening. Can be used in any application i.e. soil, hydroponics, aeroponics, coco etc.

Outside of using saponin extract powder in gardening applications. Saponins are found in many plant-based foods. But they are also used commercially in the food, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries. Interestingly dietary saponins do not break down with heat and or the cooking process. Fermentation does however work. Some foods contain levels of saponins depending on your diet and health certain sources of saponins are considered to hold health benefits whereas as others are considered anti-nutrients.

Useful information for any gardener suffering with spider mite.

Early signs of spider mites are :

  • White, yellow spots on the leaves
  • Web clusters start on the leaves
  • Live spider mites on the plants.

Why Should You Not Use Insecticide Sprays To Kill Spider Mites?

Try not to act in haste by using insecticide. Not only are you using chemicals, these chemicals will kill other beneficial bugs and predators of spider mites resulting in things getting worse.

Many pesticides contain an ingredient, Carbaryl that encourages spider mites to reproduce faster in addition to some pesticides being harmful to the plants.

Hot weather will make things worse since the soil dries up faster and this will lead to a spike in the infestation. Note, spider mites are classed as arachnids, they are not insects so different types of pesticides kill them.

Quillaja not only helps fight spider mite infestation, it is also good for the health of your plant and health of your soil! It can also defend against thrips and other pests as well as being able to fight powdery mildew.

What causes / attracts spidermite?

The two causes for spider mites that attracts them

High levels of phosphorous and nitrogen in the soil

Dry and dusty conditions 

Overuse of fertilizers can cause high levels of phosphorous and nitrogen in the soil. That causes spider mites in the soil.

That’s why spider mites are a big problem in agricultural landscapes.

And if you don’t water your plants, then dry conditions will attract the spider mites.

You’ll also come across spider mites in hydroponic gardens and greenhouses.

It’s a bit dry and humid in these setups, so the spider mite population can explode if you don’t get rid of them.

Remember to keep your garden, tools and work spaces clean. Keep your plants adequately watered and check your plants for early signs of spider mite part as of good practice.

Why not take control of your garden and grab yourself a pouch of, Quillaja a little goes a long way. If you are a retail outlet or gardening centre and you would like to stock Soil is Life, Quillaja in your store, please contact us