How to Grow a Plant With Earthworms

Overview

Earthworms provide nourishment to soil with their castings, which are a combination of dead earthworm segments and fecal matter. Growing any plant in rich, earthworm-enriched soil improves both the look and the performance of your garden. Using earthworms at home while planting makes for a brief, simple process that requires very little maintenance, especially when you use them in your decorative houseplants.

Step 1

Fill a flower pot half-full with potting soil.

Step 2

Dig out a hole down the center of the soil.

Step 3

Fill the hole, and approximately 3 inches above the soil, with live earthworms and their castings.

Step 4

Cover the earthworms and castings with about an inch of potting soil.

Step 5

Allow the earthworms and soil to settle for approximately 24 hours.

Step 6

Sow two or three flower seeds directly into the flower pot, about 1/4 inch beneath the surface. Flowers like morning glory, moonflower vine and daisies thrive in earthworm-enriched potting soil.

Step 7

Provide the plant with about a cup of fresh water every five days.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower pot
  • Potting soil
  • Earthworms with castings (about 1/4 of a pound)
  • Flower seeds (of your choice)

References

  • Kid Cyber Edu : Earthworms Facts
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