Banana peels are a natural source of the phosphorus and potassium found in expensive fertilizers, but why buy when making your own banana fertilizer is as easy as tossing the skins? That’s the first bit of misinformation. Ginny 06/18/2013 at 5:13 pm I grind rinds, etc. Soak your banana peels in apple cider vinegar and put them in a plastic container with holes on top just big enough to let a bug inside. Photo courtesy MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors One the biggest secrets I am often asked to share is what I do to get my beautiful roses. Adding Banana Peels During Planting. And it also contains other minerals – calcium (19 mg/g), sodium (24 mg/g), manganese (76 mg/g) and iron (0, 6 mg/g) – that roses also need to grow well. When banana peels develop little brown spots, known as "honey spots," the fruit inside is usually perfectly ripe. June 24, 2015 at 7:25 am. (Design by Lauren Wade) I have a lot of them planted around my roses and I do not get any bugs on it. This is a great way to recycle banana peels that can provide nourishment for your garden. In fact, not just roses, but any plant. Banana peels are a good source of nutrients—as most kitchen scraps are—and that’s why all these things are a welcome addition to our compost piles. The inedible peels provide potassium and magnesium to nutrient-hungry plants, including rose bushes (Rosa spp), which thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 to 11. at their base… but then your rose garden would start to look more like a garbage heap than a flower garden. Homemade rose feed: Here are a few great recipes to feed your roses with natural products made from banana skins. Step 1 Monitor the weather report for a period of three to four days when outdoor temperatures are 86 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer. According to this tip, banana skins are rich in in potassium and therefore, as they decompose, they’ll stimulate the rose bush to grow and bloom better. Roses fed on banana peels flourish, producing beautiful flowers that last and last. To make it, fill a mason jar with water, and add a banana peel. I am eating and freezing some bananas now, and cutting peels in small pieces. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. But that would disturb the rose's roots. Bury peels about 4 inches deep to outsmart digging critters. Photo: Priwo, Wikimedia Commons. Insect Trap. Banana peels can be diced and sautéed the same way you would any other veggie. You can also use banana peels as an organic, side-dressing treatment for most … Peonies, roses, clematis, you name it she had it; but she never used man made fertilizer. Read about 23 uses of banana peels for skin care, hair health, teeth whitening, household cleaning, first aid, gardening, and eating. I oven use my banana peels and put them a couple inches around my rose bushes. "I never thought to dry the banana peels in the oven like this. Also my roses have never had black spot. If you're a banana lover, you have a few options for using the castoff peels to nourish and protect roses. If your composter is not accessible in the winter, just freeze your banana peels in the meantime. We had no black spot last year and I am going to scratch some more banana peels in the root area so I don't get black spot this year. Put bananas to work for you with one of these methods: Chop banana peels and bury beneath a rose (in the area beneath leaves, but not against the stem). Kristi Stone says. That is true… but only just barely. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The A.V. Your neighbors will be asking how you grow such beautiful roses! The banana peel helps in removing warts and eliminates the occurrence of new ones. Plus, banana peels can add an interesting twist to recipes like stir-fries, smoothies, and sandwiches while boosting their nutrient contents. Banans peels for roses? Bury small pieces of banana peels at the base of your roses to get beautiful, healthy blooms. You can find amazing Indian recipes that use banana peels. Anyway that year we moved the rose bush and put banana peels in the hole. So logically it would also be interesting for your rose bushes if you placed wilted lettuce, potato skins, weed leaves or xx (insert here the waste product of your choice!) Also, like coffee, tea can be spread around plants without tilling it in because it won't burn the plants like some chemical fertilizers. I live on Long Island. ), leaving the water in your mason jar. Banana peels can also be eaten. Let it sit for 48 hours. Banana peel: From what I've read, you're supposed to bury them. Banana Peels. Yes, banana peel contains potassium: about 78 mg/g. That is a great idea making a shake for the plants. Don’t get conned by tea claims for plants. Roses LOVE the potassium that the bananas and their peels provide! Tea bags: Don't sprinkle on the plant, sprinkle around the root zone. Aphids don’t like banana peels. I think they do. She then mixed the banana peels and egg shells together. Like compost tea, this fertilizer uses nutrients leeched from banana peels to give your plants a mineral boost. Not so fast. Yes, banana peel contains potassium: about 78 mg/g. They have shown to work for fruits like strawberries too. You could do much better! This is a very common piece of advice. Bananas also work wonders on tomatoes and potatoes. Banana skins have been used by gardeners since the eighteenth century to grow beautiful, healthy roses. Of course, if you're looking to be environmentally conscious, there are other earth friendly ways you can avoid waste with your banana peels — like tossing them in your compost heap. Banana peels will help roses grow to their full potential. Bananas contain vital minerals that roses love, and adding the peels allows nature to break them down through the action of worms, microorganisms and more. Replies. Banana Peel Tea. pkapeckopickldpepprz: Maybe you should add a little milk to the bananas & coffee grounds for any fungus that might form. Reply. My roses after feeding them banana peels. Rose bushes in particular benefit from added potassium; however, all potassium fertilizers are extremely expensive. Like the fruit itself, the peel contains potash and phosphorus which are essential for the healthy growth of roses. This is one of the simplest ways to use a banana peel for the skin. at their base… but then your rose garden would start to look more like a garbage heap than a flower garden. In fact, not just roses, but any plant. I am baiting ants with borax/sugar/peanut butter, so hopefully that will reduce them, and then banana peels hopefully will do the rest. Just kidding. Roses fed on banana peels flourish, producing beautiful flowers that last and last. There are several methods to remove a peel from a banana. Compost the rest. If you'd like sweeter peels, put the chopped peels into a pot with I am eating and freezing some bananas now, and cutting peels in small pieces. Compost produced by a composting a variety of products will be more balanced than banana peels alone and therefore more beneficial for plants, including roses. It's amazing! Reply Delete. That’s the … 13 years ago. One day after breakfast, she was cutting up banana peels into small pieces and crushing egg shells into tiny pieces. Bananas continue their usefulness even after you've eaten the fruit. 3. Just rub your teeth with the inside of a banana peel. Learn how your comment data is processed. ( Log Out /  Dig down about 4 inches; the depth is not for the rose, as much as it is about trying to bury the fruit deep enough to discourage banana-loving critters--like dogs, chipmunks or squirrels--from digging up your rose. Like compost tea, this fertilizer uses nutrients leeched from banana peels to give your plants a mineral boost. Hi LeLonnie, I don't know about prior to planting but yes, yes, yes on the banana peels for roses. Interestingly, banana peels decompose more rapidly after they’ve been frozen and thawed out than if you apply them fresh. ( Log Out /  When waste is composted directly in the garden, it’s called pit composting if you big a hole or trench and bury it or sheet composting if you spread it around and cover it with mulch. Banana peels taste a bit fibrous so they are not too palatable when eaten raw. Chill them for at least 2 days before eating them. Banana Peels for Roses. I have each year tons of aphids on cucumbers and melons. For healthier rose blooms, cut banana peels into one-inch strips and bury them at the base of the plant. ( Log Out /  Two or three banana peels added to the soil will give newly planted roses an early advantage. So there is no reason to reserve your banana peels strictly for rose bushes rather than to share them with anything else you may be growing. And of course they are good for the mother plant as well – bananas! The inedible peels … In fact, not just roses, but any plant. Want to keep pesky bugs out of your garden? I am baiting ants with borax/sugar/peanut butter, so hopefully that will reduce them, and then banana peels hopefully will do the rest. Banana fruit and peels are rich in phosphorus and the peels in potassium as well. Soak your banana peels in apple cider vinegar and put them in a plastic container with holes on top just big enough to let a bug inside. Banana Peels. ALL flowers and blooming shrubs love the magnesium that the salts provide. 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