Phalaenopsis is the most common type of orchid. Beginners and experienced flower growers especially appreciate phalaenopsis for its unpretentiousness compared to other species. But we, flower growers, are ready to resort to any tricks to make the tropical beauty bloom.
Proper lighting, watering, and indoor microclimate are vital for phalaenopsis. And yet, to provide it with a long and lush flowering, add appropriate nutrition. Today I will talk about the use of banana peel as a fertilizer.
What is useful for banana peel
The use of banana peel as a fertilizer for plants is not new for experienced flower growers. An excellent tool for preparing top dressing at home. The process itself may seem troublesome, but it is a great alternative to purchased fertilizers in sticks, pellets and other types. After all, a banana contains a lot of vitamins and minerals.
The dense yellow banana peel is not eaten, but contains almost the same useful substances as the fruit – a large amount of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and nitrogen. That is, almost all the elements necessary for flowers are in the peel, which we simply throw away. That’s why banana peels will be a wonderful fertilizer for your green pets.
Before using any kind of fertilizer, I soak the orchids in water at room temperature. The root system of phalaenopsis is very delicate and fragile. Contact with the nutrient solution can burn dry roots. For soaking, I use purified or filtered and settled water. Soaking takes 15-20 minutes.
Three recipes for banana peel fertilizers
There are several recipes for banana dressing at home. First of all, the bananas must be thoroughly washed. By the way, the peel can be used to wipe the leaves. I carefully wipe each leaf with the inside of the skin, and as a result, the plant gets shine and gets nourishment.
Peel from 3 fruits pour 3 liters of water and insist 48 hours. I filter the finished infusion and dilute it with water in a ratio of 1:1. I water my phalaenopsis with the resulting solution.
Peel dry on the battery or in the sun, grind. 1 teaspoon of powder pour 200 ml of boiling water. When the infusion cools down, I use it for root dressing.
I divide the banana peel into slices and put it on a baking sheet with the skin down. Bake in the oven until crisp. I cool the roasted peel and grind it into a powder. For top dressing, I use 1 teaspoon of powder for each plant.