Plants in pots don’t have the same nutritional benefits as the one grown in the garden. To achieve this goal, meaning to grow healthy and vigorous plants, you have to use special fertilizers from the flower shop or you can try my grandma’s natural fertilizers. Trust me, she amazed to whole community with her geraniums and not only. The secret lies in the use of natural fertilizers such as food scraps, and I created a list below with the right natural fertilizer to put an envious smile on your visitors face.
Sugar – this is certainly the most used natural fertilizer. Mix 1 teaspoon of sugar in a glass of water and use the solution to water the soil in the pots. It is useful to all plants and stimulates the growth process.
Coffee grounds – is used for the high content of nitrogen, phosphorus, minerals and potassium, making from the coffee grounds the best high quality natural fertilizer. This type of fertilizer doesn’t require any effort. Simply collect coffee, spread it on a newspaper and let it dry – this way the coffee grounds will spread more easily. Coffee can be used as a fertilizer for your crops, pot plants, but also for indoor plants. Houseplants tolerate coffee grounds once every 6 months. In contrast, outdoor plants can be fertilized up to 4 times a year. It’s advisable to lightly press the coffee grounds around the plant, and then incorporate it into the soil. For plants in pots, the coffee grounds can be mixed with the earth when you do the planting. Roses, geraniums, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and azaleas are a few types of plants that react very well to coffee grounds as fertilizer.
The water in which you have cooked vegetables – is a very good natural fertilizer due to the vitamins released in the water during the cooking process. Simply cool the water and use it to water the pot plants once a week.
Sparkling water – the one that you want to throw because there are no sparkles left can be easily used as fertilizer. Plants can benefit from high mineral content.
Banana shells – are rich in minerals and can be placed at the base of the pot. One – two banana pieces are enough, and it has a low-decomposing process on long term.
Ash – resulting from wood burning is a very good natural fertilizer being an excellent source of minerals. Ash contains phosphorus, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and sulfur – all essential minerals for plants regardless the species. Just mix 2-3 tablespoons of ash in the soil you prepare for potted plants or you can sprinkle the ash over the soil in the pots. Another option is to mix ash with water until you get a semiliquid paste that you can put in the soil pot. It’s enough if you put 2 tablespoons of this mixture. Treatments can be applied every six months or even more often to plants that make many flowers.
Onion tea – is a natural disinfectant. Prepare a tea made of 50 grams of onion peels and one liter of water. Pour the boiled water over the onion peels, let it infuse for 3-4 hours, squeeze the solution and place it in a sprayer. Sprinkle the leaves and soil to prevent the growth of microorganisms and pests. The treatment is perfect for all houseplants and for those in pots or patios on balconies and terraces, but also for roses and garden crops.
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