Nettle water for potted plants?

Nettle water for potted plants?

I use nettle water as fertilizer in flower beds and kitchen land. It's absolutely phenomenal! Can it also be used for potted plants?

Response:Nettles contain lots of beneficial substances that make all plants feel good. When using nettle water outdoors, there is no greater risk of the plants getting too high a concentration. But if you use it for potted plants that stand in small pots, it can be too much of a good thing. But why not try the potted plants you are least afraid of? Then make a less concentrated solution, usually mixing 1 liter of nettle water with 10 liters of water. Start with a small dose, so that it does not smell bad inside. It is better to fertilize a little and often, than a lot on a few occasions.

Make nettle water by picking a bucket full of nettles and cover them with water for a week, preferably under a lid. Strain off the nettles and mix the nettle water so that it becomes slightly tea-colored and give in small doses, as there is a risk of eutrophication. Never water dry plants with nettle water only.

Nettle water for potted plants? - garden

Why do some flowers smell so good?
Why do others not smell at all and why do some pythons smell?

The white snowdrop, which gilds the late winter when it looks up through the snow cover and gives us a foretaste of the spring that is on its way, smells faintly but wonderfully of apple and almond. Red roses often have no scent to offer us while the aspen flower, the star of the order inside the window sill, on the other hand gives us a scent of decay that we could just as easily be without.

Pollination method
It is often the pollination method that determines whether the flower smells and if so, how it smells. Very colorful flowers such as hibiscus are usually pollinated by birds which are more controlled by appearance than by scent. Wind-pollinated plants do not need
have special colors or scents to cope with pollination. White flowers are often pollinated by beetles and therefore secrete
preferably a strong scent because the beetles' sense of smell is better
than the visual sense. These scents can be either pleasantly fruity or spicy, or have a more unpleasant scent. Flowers pollinated by butterflies and bees are often the ones with the sweetest and most appealing scent.

Odor instead of scent
To the family Araceae, the cold plants, hear the potted plants Philodendron and Monstera. When these plants bloom, the flowers emit a sharp odor of decay. That scent attracts flies and dung beetles that help with the pollination work.
At climbing cold, Philodrendron scanders, the flowers are heated up to just over 40˚C at the time of pollination. The heat is generated by the plant oxidizing large amounts of stored nutrients, mainly fat.
The heat, in combination with the scent of the flower, creates an environment reminiscent of an overly wet compost or manure, which lures flies and beetles for pollination. The huge flower, the giant tuber, Amorophallus titanum, which can be 2.5 m in diameter, emits such a strong odor of rotten fish that people are said to have fainted after inhaling its odor. In another genus within the cold plants, the genus Anthurium, where, among other things, rose cold and flamingo flower are included, the flowers instead emit a fragrant scent that attracts bees for pollination.

This is how you make nettle water

  • Pick a bunch of nettles which you then stow in a bucket. Fill the bucket with water so that it covers the nettles.
  • Let stand for about four days until the water has turned brown. Stir occasionally to mix well.
  • Mix 1 part nettle water to nine parts water when you then fertilize your plants.
  • Give the plants nettle water once a week!

My plants in the garden feel super good after I fertilized them with nettle water. See pictures below!

  • Sunflower plant
  • Steppe sage and lavender
  • Black eyes and ivy

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Predatory flies

There are about 40 different species of predatory flies in Sweden, they vary in size between 8 and 30mm. They are often powerful flies with long bodies, brushy legs, large eyes and a characteristic mustache. They are also often really hairy. The wings are kept flat on top of each other along the hind body when the fly is resting.

Predatory flies hunt in bright dry environments, often open grasslands or clearings in the forest. The prey can be flies, wasps, grasshoppers, sparrows, spiders, butterflies or beetles. Some of the predatory flies can even catch their prey in the air and if you stand in a sunny glade, you may see it catch a fly in the air.

The predatory fly is considered a useful animal because they help to keep down the number of butterfly caterpillars, toads or vortices in the cultivated landscape. If you have a wild garden, you can find them there as well.

They eat by holding on and sucking the nutrients out of their prey. Depending on the species, the predatory fly can live in sandy soils or rotten stumps. The larvae of the predatory fly are also mainly predators.

Nettle water

If you want to mix with nettle water, all you have to do is collect nettles, which are never in short supply and put them in a bucket. Then pour over water so that it covers and let it stand for a few days before you start using it. If you want the nettle water to be finished quickly, you can break the nettles by crushing or with a hedge trimmer.

However, nettles are not very pleasant to handle and even if you use whole nettles, they break down quickly. After a couple of weeks, only the stems remain and they fit well on the compost. It smells really bad when the leaves break down, but the stench can be reduced if you stir the mixture from time to time. It usually gets strong enough if you dilute it with ten parts water.

You can also collect nettles and let them dry, for later use. When the nettles have dried, you can crumble them so it is easy to store. Then when you need fertilizer water, you just mix the crumbled nettles with water and let it soak for a couple of days. If you want it to go faster, you can use hot water, which you have boiled. Hot water from the tap should never be used as it releases substances in the pipes that are inhibiting growth.

The best time for watering the leaves is a day when it is humid outside. If you use nettle water as a supplementary fertilizer on the ground, it does not matter much when you water it out, although it is an advantage to do it in the morning. It can also be good to give newly planted plants some supplementary nutrition. However, you should be careful about how much and how often you water with manure water. The plants themselves cannot determine how much nutrients they absorb when using fertilizer dissolved in water. If the plants receive too much nutrition, especially nitrogen, the quality and durability deteriorate.

Nettle water contains large amounts of degrading bacteria, which seems to have a positive effect on soil life. If you use cover material on the ground, such as grass or the like, the effect seems to be extra large. The degradation of the cover material is probably accelerated with the help of the bacteria from the nettle water.


Nettle water and soap spray - Two natural super tips for the garden

My Dahlias have started to bloom! I'm so happy for them. I do not know if it is because they are so beautiful, because they bloom for so long or because I have been taking care of them since they were tubers early this spring. In any case, it's awesome how much joy some home-grown flowers can give. I was less happy when I saw that they had been attacked by aphids! But, tried making soapy water and it has worked really well.

You mix a little soap (1 teaspoon maybe) with water (1/2 L approx) and pour into a washed spray bottle. Spray directly on lice. The clever thing is that the soap breaks the surface tension, which means that aphids drown in the water, which they do not do if you just spray with water.

A nutrition tip too! The best way to use rickety and burning nettles. Nettle water is an excellent fertilizer for all plants in the garden. Safe for potted plants as well, but not recommended due to the smell.

Nettle water is made simply by cutting nettles (wearing gloves or just holding the stem), putting them in a bucket and filling with water. Let it stand for a few days, up to a week, until the water has turned brown and you feel the smell that it is clear - should smell really bad. A lid is therefore good to have for the bucket. Then strain off the nettles and you will have a nutrient water for your plants. Dilute it with a little more water and water with a watering can. This can be done at any time during the nettle season.

Do you have any other housewife tips for the garden? That would be fun to hear!

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