Just like you and me, plants require food in order to thrive. It can be beneficial to use store-bought plant food – it’s full of nutrients – but not all houseplants need it. In fact, natural food is usually the best option when feeding your indoor plants. Unless your plants require special feeding, you may want to think about using these homemade foods when your plants are hungry. Not only will your plants receive proper nutrition and flourish, but you’ll be saving money at the same time!
Homemade Food for Indoor Plants
Rainwater. Water isn’t considered food, but it helps the food reach the stems and foliage through the root system. Rainwater, unlike tap water, is soft and void of chemicals that are usually added to municipal water. Collect rainwater for houseplants in a rain barrel – the collected water is healthy, and free! Just think how lush your outdoor foliage is after rain. The same effect applies to your indoor plants. By using rainwater, you’ll find that your plants are growing faster and becoming more green and lush.
Diluted Milk. You are the only one that can benefit from drinking milk. Mix one part milk with one part rainwater for incredible natural homemade houseplant food. Don’t worry – the milk and water mixture won’t cause the soil to smell sour.
Veggie and Fruit Peeling Water. When you’re preparing your fruit and vegetables, soak the peelings in rainwater for at least eight hours, strain the peelings, and then use this homemade houseplant cocktail to feed your indoor foliage. This vitamin-rich water will load your plants with nutrients, helping them to grow healthier than ever.
Eggshell Water. Eggshells are full of healthy nutrients that benefit your indoor plants. Soak broken bits of eggshell in rainwater that you’ve collected for houseplants. Once they’ve soaked for at least eight hours, strain the shells, and water the plants to give them a healthy, homemade, and natural drink.
Veggie Broth. Vegetables can benefit your indoor plants beyond just the vegetable peelings. After cooking fresh vegetables, allow the liquid to cool completely, strain it, and water houseplants that need food. Why pour the homemade liquid down the drain if it can be used to help your plants grow?
Coffee and Tea Brew. For those of us who enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea, don’t waste the leftover coffee grounds and used teabags – instead, allow them to soak in a small container of rainwater. Strain the grounds though a cheesecloth and remove the teabags. Use the water to feed your houseplants. They’ll be growing beautifully before you know it!
Yes, watering your plants regularly will help them grow, but using too much water can lead to problems, such as mold or mildew. If you discover that your plants have become infected by either of these, you can treat them using Pure 3-Way. Pure 3-Way is a natural fungicide that uses organic ingredients, including lemongrass oil, to fight mold and mildew and bring your plants back to health.