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Ten Simple Homemade Fertilizer for Acid Loving Flowers and Plants

Updated on August 7, 2014

Homemade fertilizer to make your soil acidic

There are many simple homemade recipe for fertilizer that will make the soil acidic, no need to consume additional money, very easy to do and can be readily available in our kitchen.

Homemade fertilizer or organic fertilizer is still the best fertilizer we can give to our plants. Organic fertilizer slowly release its nutrients to the soil making the flowers and plants absorb enough nutrients they need.

Some of the most beautiful acid loving flowers and plants are Magnolia, Azalea, Hydrangea, Camellia, Gardenia and Roses.

If you buy a commercial fertilizer, you will see 10-30-10, stands for N-P-K values. Buying or using a fertilizer can significantly affect the behavior of plants, if the flowering plants were supplied by a fertilizer which contains higher nitrogen than phosphorous, it will likely to have more healthy leaves than flowers or blooms.

N - Nitrogen - Responsible for plants to go strong and green leaves production.

P - Phosphorous - Helps to develop healthy roots and beautiful flowers.

K - Potassium - This is important for overall plant health.

Depending on the needs of the plants we can provide them the most applicable nutrients they want.

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Homemade fertilizer - For acid loving flowers and plants

  1. Epsom Salt

    It has magnesium sulfate use to correct magnesium deficiency on soil which is an important element in chlorophyll production. Once a month prepare 1 teaspon of epsom salt mixed with 1 liter of water, mist directly on the soil. Avoid spraying to leaves.

  2. Bone Meal

    It is a mixture of crushed and coarsely ground bones, it has high potassium content which is responsible for healthy growth of roots. Put 2 inches away from stem and under the soil to prevent dogs from digging the crush bones.

  3. Coffee Grounds

    These are very good source of nitrogen that will promote healthy leaves. If you are making your compost, this can also be a great ingredient because it will promote healthy environment for microorganism. Put directly on soil and always keep them moist for absorption of nitrogen on the soil.

  4. Loose Tea

    It is a good source of potassium. After having your favorite tee, you can put your left over room temperature tea directly on the soil. Loose tea should be remove from the tea bag before applying on the ground to ensure proper absorption of nutrients. If you are using Tea leaves, put them under few inch of the top soil to prevent occurrence of molds.

  5. Animal Manure

    This can be a cow, goat, chicken or birds manure. This is a great fertilizer because it almost has the same value for nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. This enhance the retention of nutrients and promotes the growth of beneficial microorganism. Best to apply just before planting or when the plant has reach a peak growth.

  6. Banana Peel

    It is very rich in potassium and can easily decompose. After eating banana, set aside the peel and put under the soil.

  7. Rice Water

    It is rich in magnesium just like Epsom salt and iron which is responsible for chlorophyll production. After washing the rice, take the water and use it to water the plants.

  8. Vinegar

    This will make your soil acidic which will be love by your plants. It is rich in potassium,phosphorous, magnesium which is vital for overall health of the plant. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with 1 liter water and put directly on soil. It can be applied once a month.

  9. Aquarium Water

    This is one of the best source of nitrogen needed by the plants. Nitrogen comes from the waste of fish or aquatic animals. Every time you clean the aquarium, set a little portion of water for your plants.

  10. Coconut Juice

    Very rich in potassium and other minerals, instead of throwing the left over, you can mix it with water and put it directly to the plant. You can also ferment it to to be acidic just like vinegar.

Organic Fertilizer

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Compost Bin

You can make your own homemade compost for your flower and plants by digging a hole on your backyard or using a compost bin. You can put there all your left overs, dried leaves from the backyard and waste of your pets.

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    • GardenIdeasHub LM profile image

      GardenIdeasHub LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for your advice about homemade fertilizer I think it will really help me.

    • orange3 lm profile image

      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      Great tips! I also like to use egg shells :)