Do you know that there are many different items that you can use as a natural plant fertilizer to keep your indoor plants healthy and thriving? Better, these things maybe are available in your homes such as banana shells, eggshells, water vegetables, and more, all of them contain essential nutrients for your houseplants. So, in the post today, we will write about them to help you can take advantage of them and turn them into organic fertilizers to boost the process growth of your houseplants.
These natural houseplant fertilizers are highly rich in potassium, nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus to the soil. They break down slowly, so your indoor plants will have a long-lasting supply of nutrients to support the growth. You can use them directly on the surface of the soil, mix with the soil or make a homemade liquid fertilizer for indoor plants using one or a combination of these natural ingredients. It is also one of the best ways to reduce the amount of waste in the environment as well as avoid using chemicals not good for health.
#1 Banana Peels
Banana peels contain potassium, nitrogen, phosphorus, and magnesium. There are two ways to supply these nutritions: Lay the banana peel directly on the potting soil or cover it over with a small amount of soil to reduce the smell as it breaks down. Or cut the peel up into small pieces and mix it into the soil before potting a new plant or blend the peels and mix with water to make a nutritious natural liquid fertilizer.
Eggshells are another great natural fertilizer for indoor plants. They are a rich source of calcium, contain phosphorus and other minerals. Simply crush the eggshells and mix them into the soil or soak them in water overnight and use the liquid to water your plants.
#3 Worm Tea
Place your fruit and vegetable scraps on the top of the worm farm and the worms will break it down to create a nutritious liquid tea for your plants.
#4 Cooking Water
The water vegetables are packed with nutrients that indoor plants love. Once you’ve finished cooking, allow the water to cool down and use it to give your houseplants a nutritious drink.
#5 Coffee Grounds
Mix a scoop of coffee grounds with the potting mix before planting or combine the coffee grounds with water and use the liquid to water your plants.
#6 Green Tea
Place the tea leaves on the soil or brew them in water to create a nutritious liquid fertilizer for your indoor plants.
#7 Epsom Salt
Epsom salt contains the minerals magnesium and sulfate, which help to keep houseplants healthy and thriving. Simply dissolve a teaspoon of Epsom salts into a liter (about a quart) of water or sprinkle a small number of Epsom salts on the surface of the soil.
#8 Fish Tank Water
Water from freshwater aquariums contains an abundance of nutrients including nitrogen and potassium from the fish waste. When you clean your fish tank, save the water to use on your plants.
Any type of cutting hair ( include human hair and pet hair) are useful for your houseplants. Mix a small handful of hair into the soil before potting your plant and it will break down to provide valuable nutrients including nitrogen and magnesium to help the plants grow.
Molasses is a thick black liquid that is produced from refining sugar cane and it contains a wide range of nutrients that will benefit your houseplants. Mix one tablespoon of molasses with half a gallon (about 2 liters) of water and use it to give your plants a nutritious drink.