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Houseplant hacks: Two leftover food items to give your plants a 'natural boost'

Houseplants are a lovely way to brighten up your indoor space, but often they can begin to wilt. Although there are plenty of chemical-based fertilisers available, many people prefer to use only natural products in their homes.

According to Chris Bonnett from Gardening Express, there are some ways you can recycle leftover items at home and give your plants a “natural boost”.

He explained that the fruit skins from bananas and orange peels can both be used as fertilisers.

Chris Bonnett from Gardening Express said: “Plants need a plethora of nutrients and a bit of care to survive.

“Some fertilisers and repellents can be costly when bought, but nature has many of the answers if you have a little bit of time.

“Plant can start to die when they lack the proper nutrients it needs to live, and then can be upsetting for plant owners, especially when they live in the house.

“Homemade plant food is an easy and inexpensive way to feed plants without accidentally harming them or breaking the bank.”

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You should use just enough to make the solution into a paste.

Then, add this fertiliser to your potted plants, but make sure you don’t overdo it.

Different plants require different nitrogen levels, so it is vital you understand the needs of your houseplants before applying the paste.

Spread the paste on the rim of the pots, at least two inches away from branches and stems.

This will add nitrogen and acidic properties to the soil and not the plant.

Alternatively, you can dilute the paste and use it to water your plants.

Adding the banana peels to your soil is rather straightforward.

Simply chop your banana peels into quarter-inch pieces to kick start the composting process.

This will ensure your peels start giving off beneficial vitamins and minerals straight away.

Then, bury them anywhere from four inches down to just under the surface of the soil.



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