I have no doubt that you have some hydrogen peroxide in your medicine cabinet to treat minor cuts and scrapes, but did you know that you can safely use hydrogen peroxide in the garden?
Why using hydrogen peroxide in the garden?
Well, it seems that is one of the best organic pesticides you can use to get rid of various harmful pests and insects attacking your plants! I recently read in a gardener’s almanac that hydrogen peroxide is actually the gardener’s best mate! So, leaving the surprise behind let me tell you the uses of hydrogen peroxide in the garden!
How to use hydrogen peroxide in the garden?
Use it confidently for any of the following problems in the garden:
- Combat Root Rot
Overwatering can cause a shortage of oxygen at the roots of the plants by filling the spaces of air found in the soil which will cause plant chocking.
So, prepare a mixture of one quarter of water and 3% hydrogen peroxide and apply the mixture to your plants. Avoid watering until almost 2 inches of the soil is dry.
- Get Rid Of Fungal Infection
Yes, hydrogen peroxide can kill plant fungus. Its effects are similar to neem oil for plants. Actually, it can combat any kind of fungal infection that is affecting your plants. Mix 4 teaspoons of 3 % concentration hydrogen peroxide with 1-pint of water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on any plant that shows signs of fungal infections.
Important! Use the correct proportions and dilution because you risk burning the plants.
- Sanitize The Seeds
You can disinfect you seeds before sowing them, because seedlings can be easily killed by all sorts of pathogens. Heat 3% hydrogen peroxide to 140 degrees F and soak the seeds in in for 5 minutes.
- Speed-Up Seed Germination
When hydrogen peroxide breaks down it releases oxygen which will help your seeds germinate faster. This process will promote a healthy growth. So, prepare a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water and soak the seeds in it for 30 minutes. Rinse the seeds before planting.
- Disinfect Tools and Pots
Due to its antimicrobial properties makes hydrogen peroxide the perfect disinfectant for your gardening tools and pots. Clean them with 6 or 9 percent concentration of hydrogen peroxide, undiluted.
- Plant Fertilizer
You can strengthen plant’s root system with hydrogen peroxide. It will help plants to absorb minerals and nutrients from the ground much easier. Prepare as it follows: mix 1 gallon of warm water with 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide in a bowl. Stir thoroughly and pour the solution around plant’s root.
- No Pests Allowed
Those pesky insects won’t cope in front of hydrogen peroxide. Fungus gnats, stink bugs, house flies are just a few insects that can be killed with hydrogen peroxide. Mix 1 cup of 3 % hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup of water and add the mixture into a spray bottle. Now spray the mixture throughout the garden or houseplants to kill any of the above pesky pests.
- Kill Weeds
Since hydrogen peroxide isn’t toxic or harmful with the environment you can use it safely in the garden. So, pour 10 % hydrogen concentration over the weeds in the garden to destroy them.
Important! This procedure should be done early in the morning because the sunlight will break the chemical reaction over the plant.
Keep-in-mind! Since a 10 percent concentration will kill any vegetation, use it with caution.