Bananas are a great source of nutrients, and this article will help you make Dried Banana Peel Powder Fertilizer at Home for Any Plant!
Think twice before throwing away banana peels into the trash bin as they can be important for your plants and can give an excellent boost in growth. Learn how to make Dried Banana Peel Powder Fertilizer at Home for Any Plant!
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Why Make Dried Banana Peel Powder Fertilizer at Home?
Banana peels are rich in potassium, which is crucial for any plant’s healthy growth. They also contain 42% potassium, 3.25 % phosphorous, and some other micronutrients.
In every gram of fresh banana skin, you can find 19.2 mg calcium, 76.2 manganese, and 24.3 mg sodium. Additionally, it contains a small amount of sulfur and magnesium essential in chlorophyll production.
Using banana peels can help in the following ways:
- Strengthens the plant’s immune system
- Prevents wilting
- Improves the quality of fruits
- Nourishes the roots
- Helps in the flowering process
- Give plants energy to fight diseases
- It makes plants more drought resistant
- Resistance against pests
Banana peels are also unique because they do not contain nitrogen, which makes them ideal for plants like peppers, cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, rhododendrons, azaleas, gardenias, blueberries, roses, hibiscus, fruit trees, spinach, lettuce, and swiss chard and many more.
When Does Your Plant Need Dried Banana Peel Powder fertilizer?
Use banana peel fertilizer when your plants start to show symptoms like:
- Poor overall growth
- Yellow edges on leaves
- Brown spots on the foliage
- Purple spots on the undersides of leaves
These signs can initially indicate in the lower parts of the plant with chlorosis (yellowing of the leaf margins). Store-bought fertilizers often contain too much nitrogen and can cause tremendous leafy growth but do not help much with flowers and fruits. So, making your banana peel fertilizer will help boost your garden and eliminate waste.
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How to Make Dried Banana Peel Powder Fertilizer?
Things You’ll Need:
1. Knife or scissors
2. Banana peels
- Chop banana peels into small pieces. Make sure that all the parts are about 1-2 inches wide.
- Place them in a spot that receives plenty of sunlight and dry them out for 5-7 days. Alternatively, you can also dry them in the oven at a low temperature and with the door open.
- Once dry, grind them into a fine powder and mix them in the growing medium. Use 2-4 spoons in a small pot and more in large potted plants.
Important Things to Consider While Using Dried Banana Peel Powder Fertilizer
- Do not place raw banana peels directly around the plants as they may attract maggots and mosquitoes and take a long time to decompose. Also, there is a higher chance that it may even steal away the nitrogen from the soil to decompose. This may result in nitrogen deficiency in your plants.
- Do not add the peel powder directly to the roots of the plants.
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Banana Peel Powder Foliar Spray
- Cut the banana peels into small pieces.
- Dry by laying them out in the sun directly for 5-7 days, or you can use an oven.
- Once the peels are dry, place them in a blender and crush them into a fine powder.
- Add 2-4 tablespoons of banana peel powder to 1 to 2 liters of water along with half a teaspoon of Epsom salt. Stir well and use it on the plants to boost growth.