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How To Make Organic Fertilizer From Scratch Using Bananas, DIY

March 15, 2020

Making homemade organic liquid fertilizer is surprisingly easy to do, and it only uses three ingredients: water, over-ripe bananas, and brown sugar. Bananas and their peel contain many , including nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. This can result in roses and other flowering plants producing more prominent, more beautiful blooms when they absorb this fertilizer.

As a bonus, the do it yourself fermented banana juice actually has a pleasant smell and doesn’t attract flies, ants, or other bugs when you spray it on your plants.

Liquid Fertilizer VS Granular

Liquid fertilizers are easier to handle, consistently uniform when blended, work almost immediately, and are more effective than granular fertilizers, which can sometimes burn plants’ roots. One advantage of some granular fertilizers is the slow-release option.

However, if your plant is in desperate need of nourishment and looks down, use liquid fertilizer instead of granular, or, better yet, use this homemade organic banana fertilizer!

Ingredients You Will Need

  • 1 kg over-ripe bananas
  • 1 kg brown sugar

A tip for those preparing the fertilizer: homemade liquid fertilizers can be biologically active and turn bad if stored over a long time, especially if you live in a humid place. Therefore, 1Kg is the perfect amount unless you have a lot of plants.

Where To Find Over-Ripe Bananas

Any banana will turn ripe, but if you go to a market, they would probably give you a discount if you buy their old rotting bananas because they would end up throwing them away.

While preparing this recipe, you can use any banana, over-ripe, or not. However, the fermenting process will start much faster by using over-ripe bananas. Avoid very soft over-ripe bananas that have an alcohol-like smell.

Which Brown Sugar Works Best?

Dark brown sugar that contains more molasses will have more iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. These nutrients are not only good for the plants but also the microorganisms in the soil medium, which help make the plant healthier.

How To Prepare The Fertilizer

  1. Slice the bananas (together with the skin) into small circle-shaped pieces;
  2. Place the cut bananas into a bowl;
  3. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the bananas and mix them well;
  4. Put the mixture into an airtight container;
  5. Place a cloth or paper towel covering the top of the container for added air-tightness;
  6. Close the lid of the container very tight to prevent ants or flies from entering;
  7. Leave the container at room temperature for twelve days.
How To Make Organic Fertilizer From Scratch Using Bananas
Step 2.Photo credit: Dengarden
How To Make Organic Fertilizer From Scratch Using Bananas
Step 4. Photo credit: Dengarden

Fermenting The Fertilizer

During the two weeks, good will unlock all of the nutrients from the banana peels, banana, and brown sugar. Resulting in a nutritious, beneficial fermented banana mix. You can start to use it after a week, but it will be a less liquid form. It’s better to wait and leave it for another week to ferment more.

How To Use Organic Fertilizer

You are not going to use the fermented banana mixture pure. Dilute the mix at a ratio of 10ml of fertilizer to every 1 liter of water. Mix the fertilizer thoroughly and fill it up in a sprayer that gives the finest mist. Then, you can either spray directly to the soil or do foliar spray.

How To Make Organic Fertilizer From Scratch Using Bananas
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When performing a foliar application, leaves absorb the through the pores on their surface, making those nutrients immediately available for the plant to use. Ground applications take longer for the plant to digest.

Apply this fertilizer twice a week for healthy, thriving, and happy plants.

Foliar Feeding Has Better Results

According to researchers at Michigan State University (MSU), foliage feeding is more effective when fertilizing a plant. The best time to foliar feed is precisely when the stomata of the plant are open- between 7 am and 10 pm and 5 pm.

The best temperature for foliar feeding is around 21ºC. Therefore, if you live in a hot tropical environment, then it’s better to foliar feed at night when the temperature drops down.

Studies have shown, if you do foliar feeding the right way, you will see results by the third day!

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