3 Types of Banana Fertilizer you can Make at Home for Better Flowering

Do Banana Peels Make A Good Fertilizer?

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Banana peel fertilizer is easy to make and will help you to add more potassium to your garden.

Your plants use potassium to move water and nutrients between their cells. It will help to strengthen the stems of your plants and protect them from multiple diseases. It gets needed for the flowering of your plants, and potassium can also improve the quality of the fruit your plants will produce.

Banana peels contain up to 42% potassium. They are one of the highest organic potassium sources that you'll be able to find. Banana peels also have phosphorus, magnesium, iron, calcium, and copper contained within them.

Potassium also helps your plants to be more resistant to drought conditions.

Since many banana-growing methods use large amounts of pesticides, it is probably best to look for organic banana peels.

Not only can you make fertilizer with banana peels they can also get added to your composting pile.

They do not contain much nitrogen. But are an excellent source for plants like tomatoes, peppers, and flowers.

I would be hesitant about using banana peel fertilizer on indoor plants. Many people have found that it seems to attract fungus gnats.

If you notice gnats are getting attracted to your soil, it's essential to limit the moisture in your soil. Adding something like Diatomaceous Earth to the top of your soil can help you eliminate the fungus gnats over time.

While making banana peel fertilizer is easy, I did not find it was beneficial to my plants. Instead of making a banana peel fertilizer, I will stick to keeping them in my compost pile.

Ways to use banana peels as fertilizer

There are several ways you can use banana peels to provide nutrients to your garden. The easiest way is for you to lay the banana peels on top of the soil about 2 to 3 inches from the plant's stem.

Adding them to your compost pile is also a great way to increase the potassium content. Allowing the peels to sit in water for a few weeks will help you make an excellent liquid fertilizer you can pour onto your plants.

The final method is to use a blender to create a granular powder from the peels. You would then mix this powder into your soil.

How long does banana peel fertilizer last

When banana peels get used as fertilizer for your plant, it can take up to two years for them to get completely broken down into the soil.

Using a blender to grind your banana peels will help them to decompose in your soil quicker.

Liquid banana peel fertilizer will provide some water-soluble nutrients to your plants immediately. But the nutritional contents contained within it are minimal.

Banana peel fertilizer NPK

The average NPK value for dried banana skin is going to be around 0.6-0.4-11.5. If you are using fresh banana peels, the NPK value is going to be about 1/5.

So the NPK value of a wet banana peel will be approximately 0.1-0.1-2.3.

How to make banana peel fertilizer water

Method one: liquid banana peel fertilizer

One thing you have to watch for when making banana peel liquid fertilizer is for black mold.

If you notice black mold starts collecting and has the jar has a foul odor, you should not use the liquid on your plants.

Supplies:

  • 1) Banana peels
  • 2) Glass jar with lid
  • 3) Water

Instructions:

Step one: Take your banana peels and place them in the jar. Try to fill the jar, so it is about 80 to 90 percent full.

Step two: Fill the jar up now with water and close the lid.

Step three:

Let banana peels soak for at least one week.

Once they have got soaked for at least one week, remove the peels.

(optional) Strain your water solution through something like a cheesecloth or some other cotton fabric to prevent organic pieces of the banana from ending up in the final solution.

Now take the banana peels and add them to your compost, or you can reuse them using another method below!

Step four: Use the fertilizer by mixing 1 to 5 with water. So if you had 1 cup of banana fertilizer, you would mix it with 5 cups of water.

Now water the base of your plants. It may take a week or two to start seeing results.

Note
It's also important to understand that making liquid banana fertilizer will only really contain potassium. All of the other nutrients still stay locked inside the banana peel until it gets composted.

Method two: dried banana peel fertilizer

One thing you have to watch for when making banana peel liquid fertilizer is for black mold.

If you notice black mold starts collecting and has a foul odor, you should not use the liquid fertilizer on your plants.

Supplies:

  • 1) Banana peels
  • 2) Scissors or knife

Instructions:

Step one: Use your scissors or knife and cut up the banana peels into small squares. The squares should be an inch wide or smaller.

Step two: Now, we need to dry the peels. You can lay them on paper or a towel out directly in the sun. Another option is to put your oven at a low temperature with the door slightly open.

Step three: Take the dried banana peels and work them into the plant's soil you are trying to fertilize. You need to be careful and get the peels as close to your plant's roots as possible.

Method Three: powdered banana peel fertilizer

Supplies:

  • 1) Banana peels
  • 2) Scissors or knife
  • 3) Food processor, coffee grinder, or blender
  • 4) Optional: 3 to 5 eggshells, Epsom salt, and spray bottle

Instructions:

Step one: Use your scissors or knife and cut up the peels into small squares. The squares should be an inch wide or smaller.

Step two: Now, we need to dry the banana peels. You can lay them on paper or a towel out directly in the sun. Another option is to put your oven at a low temperature with the door slightly open.

Step three: Now, you need to grind the banana peel up using a food processor, coffee grinder, or blender. Keep grinding until you turn the dried peel into a powder.

Step four: Take your banana powder and mix it up into your soil.

Optional:

Save the shells from 3 to 5 eggs and grind the eggshells into a fine powder.

Add four tablespoons of the banana peel powder you have already made and add one tablespoon Epsom salt.

Place the mixture you created from step 2 and place it into the bottom of the spray bottle.

Add water to the spray bottle, fill it up to near the top with water, and put it on the top of the bottle.

Shake the bottle up until the powder and Epsom salt added get dissolved.

Spray this mixture at the base of your plants.

Summary

Well, there are multiple ways you can use your banana peels as fertilizer. The best way to get the full use out of them is by adding them to your compost.

If you decide to make liquid fertilizer with your banana peels. After you have drained the water from the jar, take out the peels. You can now take those banana peels and add them to your compost pile. Reusing them in your compost will ensure you get all the nutrients contained within them into your soil.

It's important to remember to use organic banana peels.

Nonorganic banana peels contain many pesticides that you do not want to get added to your garden's soil.

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