In Today’s episode, Let’s look into the10 incredible uses of diluted hydrogen peroxide in gardening plus one powerful lockdown pesticidegardening idea using hydrogen peroxide.
Coming Up! Have you noticed, how plants suddenly lookgreener during rainy season? One of the reasons is hydrogen peroxide foundin small amounts naturally in rain water.
Although Hydrogen Peroxide is a chemical, but it easily decomposes to water and oxygen, and hence safe to be used even in organicgardening in varying dilutions.
It is a colourless and odourless liquid anda commonly used medical and household disinfectant.
Now, the Concept for using Hydrogen peroxidein garden: It has a chemical formula H2O2 similar to that of water, but with an extraoxygen atom.
This concept of additional oxygen releasewhen hydrogen peroxide breaks down is the key to its beneficial effects in gardening.
Well, before we list out the top 10 benefitsof hydro gen peroxide in garden, you must be aware of what concentration to purchasefrom the medical stores.
It’s very inexpensive and commonly availablein 3%, 6% and sometimes 35%.
We will be using 3% or 6% hydrogen peroxidein our garden.
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Save a Dying Plant: Applying the concept ofextra oxygen atom release, we can revive a dying plant with hydrogen peroxide.
First Check by scratching the stem, if itsgreen and juicy, then it can be revived.
Cut off all the dead branches and stem tillthe viability zone or the green zone.
Take out the plant by its roots.
Inspect the roots for any rot.
Prepare a diluted hydrogen peroxide solutionusing 3% or 6%.
Use 2-3 teaspoons of 3% peroxide per litreor 2 tablespoons per gallon of water.
If you are using 6%, the dosage is half ofthis.
Now soak the roots into this solution forabout 6 hours.
Then repot this in a clean fresh potting mixand new container.
Water this with the same solution and leaveit alone in shade for few days.
Water the plant only when 1 or 2 inches oftop soil dries out completely.
You can repeat watering with this solutiontill it begins to show signs of life.
Accelerate Seed Germination: Seeds soakedin diluted hydrogen peroxide germinate faster and display healthy growth in future.
Since the oxygen requirement of sproutingseeds is very high, this extra oxygen supply is obviously beneficial.
You can soak seeds in a solution with 1-2teaspoons of 3% peroxide per litre of water or water the seedling tray of seeds are alreadyplanted.
This also takes care of any seed borne pathogensand helps in better root development of the seedlings.
Disinfecting Garden tools: especially thecutting and pruning tools should be disinfected while taking plant cuttings for rooting orcloning your plants.
You can use 6% h2o2 solution to wipe off thecutting tool with a cotton or dip the tool into the solution for few minutes.
This increases the chances of a high successrate in growing plants from cuttings.
Disinfect Seed Germination Trays: for a highsuccess rate in germination your seed trays have to be free from pathogenic microorganisms.
You can wipe them with 6% solution withoutany dilution.
Treat Fungal or Bacterial Root Rot: Overwateringcan cause a shortage of oxygen at the roots.
By filling the air pockets found in the soilaround your plants, suffocating the roots of the plant.
This lack of air causes the plants to startdying due to root rot.
To treat this problem, you can water themwith a mixture of two to three teaspoons of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide per litre of wateror 2 tablespoons per gallon of water.
The extra oxygen found in the hydrogen peroxidedelivers the much-needed oxygen to the plant’s roots.
After applying this solution to your plantsavoid watering again until the top two inches of the soil is completely dried.
To Sterilize the Seed Starting Mix for bettersuccess in seed germinations.
Add a 1:3 dilution of 3% h2o2 in water tothe seed starting mix and leave it over night before using the soil or mix for seed sowing.
You can also sprinkle this on your pottingmix to disinfect your potting soil.
Weed Killer: At 10% or higher concentrationof hydrogen peroxide, it completely destroys all types of vegetation it comes in contactwith.
But use it with caution around your plants.
This is best applicable for cracks and crevices.
As a Fertilizer: Water your plants with avery dilute solution of hydrogen peroxide once in a month for the rain effect.
You can add 1 teaspoon per litre of 3% hydrogenperoxide or 1 table spoon per gallon of water and water your plants to supply oxygen tothe roots.
In hydroponic or aquaponics system: the additionof hydrogen peroxide to the water will keep the plants healthy.
The roots of plants, as well as the aquaticlife, appreciate the extra supply of oxygen.
EFFECTIVE PESTICIDE AND ANTI FUNGAL: It cancontrol many common pests and insects in garden, mainly the sap sucking pests like aphids, mites and mealybugs.
It can kill the eggs and larvae of moths andother harmful pests with its strong oxidizing effect.
To make this pesticide, use 1 cup that’sabout 250 ml of 6% hydrogen peroxide per litre of water or 2 cups of 3% h2o2 per litre ofwater.
Load it in a spray bottle and spray on theplants.
To control Fungus gnats and soil pests, youcan water the plant with the same solution.
It can also used in the treatment of moldand powdery mildew fungus.
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