How to Water Plants With Milk
There are many theories out there when it comes to watering, one of which is trying to water plants with milk. While this is, of course, better than pouring soda and beer over your soil, “watering” your plants with milk straight from the carton won’t benefit your plants. The key to using milk when watering is to make a dilute concentration, so you don’t encourage disease or garden pests to come to your garden.
Save the milk jug as soon as you pour off the last of the milk. There will still be a small amount of milk left in the bottom jug and along the sides.
Fill the jug with water up to the top, swirling the water along the sides of the jug as you fill it.
Use this milk water to water houseplants, outdoor container plants, or small garden beds. This water should be used in place of regular watering, not in addition to your normal watering routine.
Place the milk water in the fridge if you aren’t going to be able to use it immediately to keep it from souring. Just be sure to allow the jug to sit out and warm back up for an hour or two before you use it.
Plants Grow Bigger If Watered With Milk, Coke Or Water?
We all know that plants require air, water, light, space and soil to grow and reproduce. However, many gardeners claim that milk or Coke can also help in growing certain plants. Water is a source of dissolved nutrients from the soil. Moreover, it helps in hydration of the leaves of the plant and gives it protection from drying out. However, milk contains enzymes and fungicidal properties that may restrain growth of mold and bacteria. The sugar content in Coke can create a concentrated solution that may damage the root cells, resulting in their losing the ability to take in water, causing the plant to die of thirst. A plant will grow bigger and thrive better in water.
Don’t expect to water an entire vegetable garden or large outdoor flower bed unless you have a collection of jugs available.
- Don't expect to water an entire vegetable garden or large outdoor flower bed unless you have a collection of jugs available.
- Nearly empty jug or carton of milk
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