Why Australians Use Fermented Banana Water to Fertilize Plants

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Why plant owners use chemical-free ‘banana water’ to double their greenery in WEEKS – and all you need is some overripe peels

  • Plant owners see their greenery double thanks to a bizarre fertilizer
  • Banana water is made from overripe bananas and brown sugar, which have been left for weeks
  • Gardeners are describing it as the new holy grail of natural fertilizer
  • Photos on social media show the remarkable difference before and after use

Plant owners see their greenery double in weeks by fertilizing it with a chemical-free solution called ‘banana water’.

The water, which is made by mixing overripe banana peels with brown sugar and water and allowing the mixture to ferment for a few days, has been hailed as the new holy grail of natural fertilizer.

Home gardeners praised the method after a man posted in an Australian Facebook group asking how he could find the powerful solution.

Can we talk about banana water? How long do you leave the skins in the water before using the fertilizer water on your plants? ‘ He wrote.

Plant owners see their greenery double in weeks by fertilizing it with a chemical-free solution called 'banana water'.

Plant owners see their greenery double in weeks by fertilizing it with a chemical-free solution called ‘banana water’.

Photos uploaded in response show how remarkably plants grow after being treated with the water for just a few days, with many claiming that the size of them has doubled in weeks.

One woman said she soaked skins in the water for two days and couldn’t believe the difference in her houseplants after the first week.

“My fiddle leaf fig hadn’t gotten a new leaf in weeks, and the week I watered it, it got six,” she wrote.

Banana water (pictured) is made by mixing overripe bananas with brown sugar and allowing the mixture to ferment for a few weeks

Banana water (pictured) is made by mixing overripe bananas with brown sugar and allowing the mixture to ferment for a few weeks

Banana water (pictured) is made by mixing overripe bananas with brown sugar and allowing the mixture to ferment for a few weeks

‘I water with the soaked water, then chop it on the skin and plant it under the soil, my plants love it!’

A second said she put ripe banana peels directly into the soil before pouring water over them.

Others shared tips on variations on the water, with a woman suggesting a blend of banana and aloe vera for maximum growth.

She said she achieved incredible results by grinding five really ripe bananas and five stalks of aloe vera and then mixing it through a bag of potting soil.

The science behind banana water

Bananas contain high amounts of minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and potassium in the skin.

These nutrients quickly stimulate plant growth, making banana water such an excellent fertilizer.

To make it, simply mix a few overripe banana peels with brown sugar and water and let it ferment for one to two days.

The water can then be poured over houseplants as usual.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens Australia

‘Best propagation soil I’ve ever used. I haven’t peeled anything, ”she wrote.

Banana peels have long been used as a natural fertilizer, thanks to the minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and potassium contained in the skin.

These minerals will leach into the water after 24 to 48 hours of soaking, creating a powerful, chemical-free fertilizer that can be used in the garden.

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