Unusual fertilizer: we make dressing from a banana peel
Bananas contain many trace elements and have a positive effect on people's health. Banana peels are almost always thrown away, not knowing what benefit they bring to indoor flowers, and skins contain phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, nitrogen.
Potassium goes to build a powerful root system. Phosphorus is especially necessary for young plants, seeds at the germination stage. Calcium is also needed for roots, promotes the absorption of nitrogen. Magnesium is responsible for the saturated green color of plants and the production of chlorophyll.
Banana Peels Against Insects
Interestingly, banana skins help against many garden and indoor insect pests. For example, from aphids. You just need to bury the peel, cut into small strips, around the beds. Thus, you can immediately kill two birds with one stone: destroy the aphids and provide trace elements with green microelements.
For flowers on the windowsill, this method will be inconvenient. To kill aphids that settled in flower pots, you need to make “banana tea”: fill the container with banana peels, leave 3-4 cm at the top for foam and add water. "Tea" will be ready in about two days. Pour it into a spray bottle and spray the diseased plants. “Banana tea” is stored in a cool place, it can be used for about 7-9 days.
Ways to use banana peels
Banana peels are used fresh, dried, frozen, insisted on water, make syrups, add other ingredients to them to enhance the effect and even put them on compost.
The banana peel, as a fertilizer for indoor plants, decomposes, nourishing the soil, and creates an excellent environment for the growth and development of indoor flowers. Banana top dressing contributes to better adaptation of young seedlings, strengthening the root system.
The use of fresh crusts
The peel of this southern fruit contains a huge concentration of useful minerals and trace elements, therefore, they are used fresh only to put them under the roots, but with a mandatory earth layer, otherwise the roots of the flowers may “burn out” from an overabundance of minerals. Crusts completely decompose in 10-15 days.
The disadvantage is that on the surface of the skins there are harmful chemicals that bananas could process, so it is recommended to rinse them before use.
Experienced gardeners wipe large leaves of plants with fresh peels from bananas. This gives them shine and smoothness, cleans of dirt and dust.
To prepare the water infusion, you need a large capacity, for example, a three-liter jar, which must be sterilized, put well-washed crusts and pour warm boiled water. After 5-6 days, filter the infusion, dilute with water 1: 1 and use as a fertilizer.
It is necessary to bring the infusion carefully, adding it to the water when watering, most often it is 1 tablespoon per 1 liter of water. The frequency of fertilizer application is once every two weeks or weekly. The infusion should stand in a cool place.
Unusual recipe. To prepare such a cocktail, you need to put a banana peel in a tall glass, pour 250 ml of room temperature water and mix with a blender. You need to use a cocktail immediately or during the day, then it will grow moldy.
The resulting mixture is placed on the soil surface once a month. One teaspoon is the limit for a 3-4-liter pot.
Freezing banana peels
If a lot of peels suddenly appear, and there is no time to do something with it, you can freeze it for the future, and then prepare a water infusion or compost. Feeding from banana peels will favorably affect blooming roses, violets, begonias.
Banana peels are used as fertilizer for plants on the windowsill in various ways. Top dressing made of skins is no worse than store dressing, and it is also environmentally friendly and safe!
It is best to add it to the soil at a time when flowering plants began to pick up buds. Spring is the most favorable season for fertilizing green pets weakened after winter.
- strengthens plant immunity;
- fills the soil with microelements;
- promotes better growth and flowering;
- destroys pests;
- strengthens the root system.
Banana Peel Syrup
The peel of the southern fruit is in perfect harmony with other components: husks from onions and garlic, peels of lemons and oranges. Such a recipe has an excellent effect on the flowers: take 1 part of the banana peels, 1 part of the citrus peels, put in a glass bowl, add boiled water and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar.
The mixture is insisted for 3-4 weeks, filtered and stored in the refrigerator. For feeding, you need to dilute the syrup with water 1:20.
Banana skins and matching ingredients
Take the husks of garlic and onions, add 2-3 peel of a banana, put everything in a three-liter jar and pour warm water. Strain the infusion after 5 days, dilute in a 1: 1 ratio with clean water, use when watering and spray plants with it once every 10-15 days. Instead of husks, take eggshells, leftover tea or coffee.
Well-recipe made from green tea and banana peels. Two tablespoons of dried crusts and high-quality green tea are poured with 500 ml of cold boiled water. After a day, the nutrient solution is ready.
Dried Banana Fertilizer
A simple way is to dry the peel and make it a top dressing for green pets. Skins are laid out in the sun in the summer, which is convenient to do on the street, and in winter - near the battery. A special dryer for vegetables and fruits or a slightly preheated oven will come to the rescue, but with this method, harmful decay products remain in the crusts.
Some gardeners hang bananas on strings, like mushrooms. Dried skins should be dark brown, without spots. Dry peel must be folded into a sealed bag or container. For use, the peels are buried in flower pots.
DIY Banana Powder
Bananas are dried and powdered in a coffee grinder or food processor. You need to bring it to the top layer of the earth and pour it with water.
Advice! If mold has appeared on the surface, then it is better to bury the powder inside to prevent interaction with air.
The method is a bit more complicated than the rest. Banana peels are poured into a bucket of earth and mixed, you can add mineral fertilizer from microorganisms, for example, Baikal. A month later, they add new skins, add a little Baikal and wait another 1-2 months. During this time, microorganisms process the peel, compost can be used.
There is a way without Baikal:
- dig a not too deep hole;
- lay the banana peels and soil in layers.
You need a lot of crusts, you can use frozen. In 6-7 months you will receive a wonderful compost.
Dressing for spraying foliage indoor flowers
You will need the following ingredients for top dressing:
- dried peel of 2-3 bananas;
- magnesium sulfate powder - 20 g (sold in pharmacies);
- one teaspoon of dried and ground egg shells.
Mix everything in one liter of water and spray the flowers once a week. Your plants will pleasantly surprise you with bright colors.
Attention! Keep fertilizer in a cool place for about 2 months.
The benefits and harms of fertilizer made from banana skins
Even a supplement so useful in all respects is not without drawbacks.
Benefits of Banana Peel Fertilizer:
- Natural product.
- Low cost bananas.
- It contains a large number of important trace elements for the growth and flowering of plants.
- The banana peel contains natural growth hormone, which accelerates the development of indoor flowers.
- Fully biodegradable bio-fertilizer.
The minuses include the following:
- Bananas are treated with chemicals for further ripening and high-quality transportation from warm countries. Harmful substances remain on the peel, so careful processing before use is necessary.
- The sweet smell of fruit attracts insects, such as flies.
- Fertilizer has a sharp specific smell.
- It is impossible to fertilize with banana peels alone: this will not make up for the need of plants for all trace elements.
- Not all crops can use fresh banana skins. Crusts are contraindicated in fruit trees, crops, and bulbous plants.
Contraindications and Precautions
Overfeeding green pets with such fertilizer is not worth it. The excess of potassium and manganese, which are just contained in the skins, speak yellow and faded leaves of flowers.
Frequent watering with banana water can weaken the immunity and defenses of the plant.
Banana peels are effective and cheap, if not completely free, fertilizer for your green friends. Subject to safety measures, it will replenish the supply of trace elements, contribute to lush flowering and rapid growth.
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