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Vitamins For My Plants


What do you feed your plants? Besides sunshine, water, air and love that is. 🌞πŸ₯€πŸŒ¬οΈπŸ’•

I used to feed my plants with store-bought fertilizers but not anymore. FYI, the ones I used were organic and non-organic kinds. I always find store-bought fertilizers come with an extremely strong chemical smell. So it makes me wonder whether I should keep using these chemical-laden fertilizers? My instinct said no. And so, I ditched the store-bought fertilizers including store-bought animal’s manure (the manure smells like manure though) 2 years+ ago. From then on I make my own vitamins to supplement my plants. I prefer to call it vitamins instead of fertilizers though.

Homemade Vitamins For Plants:

*Frequency is rough guide only.

1. Rice water (2nd and 3rd rinse)
Direction: Waters directly on plants.
Frequency: Twice a week to once every 2-3 weeks.
Where to get: When cooking rice.

2. Used coffee grounds
Direction: Scatter used coffee grounds sparsely around the plants.
Frequency: Once every 1-2 months.
Where to get: Your own stock, from friends, Starbucks and some coffee shops.
Tip: If you have too many used coffee grounds on hand, try this DIY air freshener using coffee grounds.

3. Used tea water + dried tea leaves
Direction: Brew tea as usual. Then dilute tea water with 2 parts of water. Waters sparsely around the plants.
Frequency: Once every 1-2 months.
Where to get: Your own stock, from friends and coffee+tea shops.
Tip: Dried the used tea leaves, crush it and then scatter around the plants or use it in piece by piece composting method.

4. Mushroom water
Direction: Dilute mushroom water with 2 parts of water. Waters directly on plants.
Frequency: Twice a week to once every 2-3 weeks.
Where to get: When soaking dried mushrooms.

5. Epsom salt
Direction: Dilute 1 teaspoon Epsom salt with 1L-1.2L water. Waters around the plants.
Frequency: Once every 1-2 months.
Where to get: Buy Epsom salt from shops.

6. Compost
Direction: Add newly made compost to soil (ground & potted) and mix it or just leave on top.
Frequency: Anytime, any day.
Where to get: Make your own homemade compost and from friends.

7. Bone, shrimp &/or fish meal
Direction: Sprinkle meal around the plants and then water sparsely or mix with soil and water sparsely. You can also add the meal to the compost (no. 6) and proceed to mix into the soil or leave on top.
Frequency: Every 3 months.
Where to get: Try this easy DIY bone, shrimp & fish meal blend fertilizer and from friends.

Of all the vitamins mentioned above, compost needs the longest time to make (decays naturally). They are however really fabulous to have! I don’t use all the vitamins at once. Sometimes I use rice water, sometimes I use tea water, etc, all depending on the frequency, what I have on hand and my preferences.

Do you use some or all of the vitamins I mentioned above? What else do you feed your plants with? Share your tips below.

Post updated: 30th Mar 2020

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