Jeyes Fluid to sterilise soil

by Barry Gray

Has anybody used Jeyes Fluid to sterilise soil. We have a bad case of wilt in the garden & the glasshouse.

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Jan 31, 2011
E. Community Gardens, Bir. UK
by: Senior Poppa

We use Jeyes Fluid every year here. We buy it up large and distribute it out to the plots and owners. As far as a fungicide goes, we think it's the safest of all, whilst still able to do the job.
Jeyes fluid is used here to get rid of any green algae growing on glasshouses and cold frames also. Any slimy places or unwanted moss, tools and pots disinfecting will be sterilised and dried up with a solution of a good tablespoon of Jeyes to a watering can of water (roughly 2 gals).

I understand the basis of Jeyes fluid is derived from what is called, Tar acids or Tar oil. It's been refined from natural tar or oil from the ground. It's not pure organic gardening, but although it will kill overwintering slugs, pupae, bugs and many fungal spores, it's not considered a dangerous chemical, nor will it affect beneficial life in soil long term or pollute waterways, as long as weak solutions are used. Our great-great grandparents used it!

Now here are some of the other gardeners uses and there are lots more. Brassica club root and root fly. Onion fly, mildew, whitefly. Diluted by half again it is good for seedlings to stop "damping off."
Pop

Jun 12, 2011
RE: Jeyes Fluid
by: Anonymous

We have been unable to buy Jeyes fluid - We have tried all over the Wellington area.

Jun 12, 2011
Jeyes fluid for garden
by: Megan

Jeyes fluid is not made in NZ now I gather, but there is a company that imports it from UK:
www.cleanerswarehouse.co.nz

The other possibilities would be Mitre 10 and Moore Wilsons - I'll check them out in the near future.

Any strong disinfectant would serve a similar purpose I guess, so whatever hospitals use might suffice, and there's always condys crystals for sterilising. Having said that, I have never used any soil sterilisation method for vegetables, I hope it's because of the idea that healthy soil equals healthy plants which build up resistance to viruses and disease.

Crop rotation is not always practical in small home gardens, but for large plots it's a good insurance against plant diseases. Also commercial gardeners, which I was once with cacti and succulents, use sterilisation methods to make sure pots and soil are disease, bug and weed free, before sending plants off for sale.

Jun 30, 2011
soil
by: Anonymous

What strength should the mix be as i have a big prob with onion fly thanks


Jul 01, 2011
Jeyes fluid soil sterilization
by: Anonymous

Why don't you follow the instructions at the top of this page and use a tablespn to a watering can of 2 gallons, that sounds mild to me. Grow you onions in a different patch if you can next year just in case.


Apr 03, 2012
using jeyes fluid
by: Anonymous

how long after using jeyes fluid can you start planting in your green house .

Apr 04, 2012
Disinfectants for garden
by: Anonymous

I read that disinfectants have gases that need to disappear before you can replant in the soil.
It can take from 1 week to 4 weeks depending on the temperature. The warmer the weather the sooner the gases disappear. It also helps to aerate the soil before planting by lightly forking it over or prodding holes.
If you are only spraying disinfectants on the plants, you will find that the soil may still contain eggs or lavae, so you should pour it on the soil too, which means you will then have to wait at least a week or more to be safe.
Give it a sniff test, if you can't smell it, then it's gone. Just my thoughts.

Apr 14, 2012
Will Jeyes Fluid damage our neighbours tree?
by: Anonymous

We have a patch of ground we wish to sterilise as this is the first time we have used it for vegetables and it has many weeds. Much of it grasses and cereal as its where the old bird table used to be. The instructions on the tin say Jeyes is suitable for this, as long as it is left for 6 weeks before doing our new planting.

However, there is a large damson tree in our neighbours garden which grows right up against our fence, which must surely have roots that go under the patch we wish to sterilise (7' to 8' Ft away from the fence). Please can you advise if the Damson tree could be adversly affected? As I would not wish to cause it damage? Please advise?

Thanks.

Mar 30, 2013
Jeyes fluid for gardeners.
by: Anonymous

I had an allotment in south Wales and we all used Jeyes fluid to sterilize the soil. The crop yield was excellent. One of our friends used it on his lawn with outstanding results. I'm about to use it just before going away for a month. After I come back I will plant out in Autumn for the winter crops.
Remember I'm talking about the black treacle-like viscosity of the original product and definitely not the very diluted sweet smelling fluid that you see in supermarkets.
If you spray it on the crops(to thwart caterpillars or bugs) do not use for 4 days.
Dosage was then one tablespoon to 4 or 5 litres of water. David Taylor. New Zealand

Aug 06, 2013
not for the soil on the allotment
by: george

Jeyes Fulid is a general garden disinfectant. Jeyes compound was changed recently due to health reasons. Bearng this in mind I contacted the company and ased the question ,"CAN JEYES BE USED ON THE ALLOTMRNT DISINFECT THE GROUND?"

The answer was "NO IT CAN NOT BE USED ON LAND FOR EDIBLE CROPPING" By law you can contact any company and ask for a copy of safety sheets and compound breakdown and the said sheets have to be submitted to you by law. However companys and loathe to give the inf out in writing.

I use Jeyes all the time and buy it in 1 gallon cans for £30. However, because I am aware of implications I would only recommend it for cleaning tools etc but not for the greenhouse inside

Aug 06, 2013
Tar products
by: Anonymous

this is true Jeyes is made from tar acids Tar has carcenogenic properties in it and according to Jeyes after contacting them last year by phone Jeyes should not be used on a veg patch for obvious reasons.

To ease your own mind just give jeyes a call and ask the question. The product is very good for other garden usages, hope this helps.

Feb 23, 2014
Jeyes for fantastic tomatoes NEW
by: Kretzie

For years I battled to grow good tomatoes. Once when visiting a nursery I commented on how good the tomatoes looked - how could I get mine to grow like that ?
Answer - 1 tablespoon of Jeyes in 5 lts of water - water plants once a week with a rosehead watering can . Make sure you water all the leaves. Have the best tomatoes in the neighbourhood !!

Jul 10, 2014
To get rid of club root NEW
by: Anonymous

Many years ago I read Lawrence Hill's articles where he stated that someone had cleared ground of club root by triple digging. i.e. placing the top oil three spits down. Hard work but may be worth a try if you are strong enough.

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