If plants don’t get proper nutrients, they’ll die. They usually get proper nutrients from the soil to stay healthy. Over time, soil nutrients are not enough to keep them nourished. When that happens, the soil needs plant foods to replenish the nutrients.
Plant foods bought in the market are expensive, aside from the fact that they’re filled with harsh chemicals. These chemicals can be harmful to the plant and even to the environment. The good news is, you can make your own plant food.
Homemade plant food is easy to prepare and will save you a lot of money. You can use a lot of household items to make your own plant food.
Chemical Elements to Keep in Mind
Before we start, let’s first get acquainted with the chemical elements that are necessary for plant growth. They’re as follows:
- Nitrogen (N) – nitrogen is an important chemical to help plants grow. They supply energy to help plants grow and bear fruit.
- Phosphorous (P) – this chemical converts nutrients from the soil into building blocks.
- Potassium (K) – potassium is also an important nutrient needed for plant growth and reproduction.
Homemade Plant Food
The easiest plant food can be made from Epsom salt. You can use this plant food every four weeks.
To make it, you need:
- 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of ammonia
- 1 teaspoon of saltpeter (potassium nitrate)
- 1 gallon of water
- 1 airtight container
Combine the ingredients, and put the plant food directly into the soil. Adjust the frequency of putting the plant food according to how the plant responds to the fertilizer.
Household Staples for Plant Food
- Banana Peel – bananas contain a high level of potassium that is important for plant growth.
- Green Tea – mix a bag of green tea with 2 gallons of water and use it to water the plants every four weeks.
- Compost – start a compost pile that consists of organic waste, dead lives, and sticks. Add water to break down the nutrients from the organic waste and make the compost absorbent.
- Eggshells – calcium is an important element to help plants grow. Eggshells are a good source of calcium. Crush the eggshells and put them on the base of your plant.
Just like any other living thing, it is important to give plants proper nutrition. Monitor your plant’s reaction to your homemade plant food and adjust the frequency of giving them fertilizer according to their reaction.