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Aug 8, 2015 8:14 AM CST
Name: Angie
Russellville , AR (Zone 7b)
Do you rinse after you treat with your dawn home made insect soap? Or do you leave it?
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Aug 8, 2015 8:16 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Welcome! ahudnub. I always wash off the homemade insecticidal soap about 30 minutes of application and always spray it on my plants early in the morning, before the sun is strong and when the temperature is milder.
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Aug 8, 2015 8:53 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Same here. 30 minutes or so.
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Aug 8, 2015 10:34 AM CST
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
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ahudnub said:Do you rinse after you treat with your dawn home made insect soap? Or do you leave it?


Dawn is not soap. it is detergent.

Dawn will damage your plants.

Use a fatted soap, like Dr Bonner's liquid, or Ivory liquid soap.

One teaspoon per quart of water. There is no need to rinse soapy solution.
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Aug 8, 2015 10:38 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
I have used liquid detergents for decades Tom, even on hundreds of orchids, and I have never seen a damaged plant in all those years. I am sure I have used Ivory as well. I just use whatever is handy. *Blush*
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Aug 8, 2015 11:47 AM CST
Name: Angie
Russellville , AR (Zone 7b)
Thank you everyone who replied. I have read that you should rinse I have read that you could leave on I have read that you can use the regular dawn not the ultra , seems like everyone has opinion , that is why I value all imput and experience Smiling
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Aug 8, 2015 12:07 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Right, you do not want strong sun on the leaves while they are wet with the soapy water. So, good to spray on a cloudy day or in morning before the sun hits. Otherwise rinse it off with the hose.

Soap kills on contact so not really necessary to leave it on as long as you spray all surfaces of the plant really well.
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Aug 8, 2015 12:19 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
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I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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Aug 8, 2015 1:17 PM CST
Name: Angie
Russellville , AR (Zone 7b)
Blinking Blinking Blinking My red tip photiniia are in direct sun all day long ! Just figured out I have serious aphid problem husband has been treating for mold the last 3 years!!i will have to do it around 6 am to not be in direct sun!
dyzzypyxxy said:Right, you do not want strong sun on the leaves while they are wet with the soapy water. So, good to spray on a cloudy day or in morning before the sun hits. Otherwise rinse it off with the hose.

Soap kills on contact so not really necessary to leave it on as long as you spray all surfaces of the plant really well.
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Aug 8, 2015 1:19 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
Early morning sun is no problem. Just to be safe, I wouldn't spray it after 10:00 AM and then not until perhaps 6:00 PM.
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I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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