Orange peel fertilizer can be widely used for your indoor plants, gardens and vegetable gardens. As a fertilizer, husks are universal, suitable for all crops, and are also used to repel pests. This tool is completely safe for human health and the environment.
These fertilizers can be used at any stage of the growing season
Pros and cons
Organic waste has been used as a top dressing for indoor plants and garden plants for a long time and has shown good efficacy. The possibility of using orange peel as a fertilizer in the garden and at home is due to the presence of a sufficiently high concentration of the essential essential elements vital for each plant: sodium, potassium and phosphorus. It is also rich in trace substances that are also needed by vegetable crops and indoor flowers:
- iron ;
- copper ;
Citrus fruits are available all year round and are relatively inexpensive. In addition to its complex composition, the unconventional use of orange peel has other advantages:
- There are no restrictions on use during flowering and fruiting;
- environmental hygiene and health safety;
- Ease of preparation of the top dressing.
There is no downside to orange peel fertilizer which is made from premium quality raw materials. But if the bark is affected by mold, mildew and other pathogenic fungi, it infects the plants.
Avoid the peels of this fruit completely
If you are allergic to citrus fruits, orange peel is not recommended as a fertilizer for houseplants. The negative reaction is caused not only by the pulp or juice when it enters the stomach, but also by the volatile essential oils.
What plants feed orange peel?
In general, orange peel fertilizer is suitable for all plants. But crops that prefer a substrate of varying degrees of acidity (from moderate to strong) respond best to it depending on the acidity of the soil. Some types of hydrangeas change the color of the petals.
Young plants are most sensitive to changes in soil acidity. Therefore, it is not recommended to apply orange peel fertilizer for the first 2-3 weeks after planting. Regardless of the method chosen for using orange peel as a fertilizer for the garden and home, it is important to prepare the raw materials well if you do not plan to use them immediately. In the winter, store them in a cool, dry place to prevent mold growth.
Dry the bark naturally in the sun, in an oven, or with an electric dryer
Orange peels can be used in “pure” form. Dry them, grind them in a coffee grinder or blender and add to the prepared soil (1.5-2 tablespoons per liter). If the root system of the flower is superficial, embed the powder into the ground.
The depth in the jaw process should be 3-7 cm
The flower fertilizer recipe is very simple: fill the container with raw materials by about a third, add boiling water to the brim. Place the liquid in a dark place under a tightly closed lid for about a day. Before use, filter and dilute the infusion halfway with water. Orange peel feed for indoor plants is used no more than once every 10-12 days. Use a maximum of 1 liter of fertilizer for a single flower, given its size.
Barks like cauldrons
Seedlings of crops that successfully take root in acidic soil can be planted in “cups” of orange peel. Cut the citrus fruits in half, and fill the remaining two halves of the peel with soil.
Plant your seeds in these “pots”
Fertilizer for garden and vegetable patch
It is suitable for pumpkins, cucumbers, and zucchini in the garden almost immediately after germination. To fertilize garden plants, grind dry or fresh orange peels and shake them in the garden or stump 2-3 times per season. They not only saturate the soil with useful substances, but also become a nutrient medium for soil beneficial microflora.
It’s helpful to add crushed orange peel to your compost pile, then get a balanced all-purpose compost. They belong to the category of nitrogen-rich organic waste. It is suitable for fertilizing garden plants and infusion of orange peel. Prepare it according to the same instructions as for indoor flowers. I feed plants with it every 2-2.5 weeks. The dose per square meter of beds is 1.5-2 liters of liquid.
The rate of fertilizer for trees and shrubs is determined according to their size
Gardeners and houseplant enthusiasts will also find this complex fertilizer useful as a way to repel pests and vermin. Orange peel contains a high content of limonene, which is “responsible” for the characteristic aroma and its stability, it “corrupts” the surface peel.
For many insects, it is poisonous