I sprayed a cherry tree with chili water to keep the schools from eating the green chairs and now all the leaves are wilting did
I kill the plant, and what can I do to save it?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Peppers contain the naturally occurring substance capsaicin.
When insects and other animals come into contact with the solution, they will be deterred by it and will not eat anything near it with that distinctive smell or taste.
It is important to note that hot pepper spray will not kill infestations, but will repel future insects. Use of an insecticide first to kill the insects followed by applications of hot pepper spray is a way to treat fruit trees that are already infested.
To make a hot pepper spray, chop one large onion and one jalapeno pepper. Add this to 2 quarts of water and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper into the mixture. Boil the ingredients on the stove top for 20 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and strain it through cheesecloth into a garden sprayer.
Make the spray in the spring when leaves first emerge to ward off pests before they strike. Apply hot pepper spray every two to three days to your fruit trees. It is best to spray all areas of the tree including the trunk, branches, fruits and leaves. Make certain to spray the undersides of the leaves thoroughly where insects often reside. Spray the ground around each fruit tree in a 3-foot circle to discourage pests from getting near your fruit trees.
Avoid spraying the tree in very hot weather or in bright sunlight; this can burn the leaves.