Lactobacillus for Plant Growth

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Lactobacillus for Plant Growth
Lactobacillus is a healthy bacteria. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Lactobacillus is a type of lactic acid bacteria that aids in digestion. Its presence makes the environment acidic, thus preventing the proliferation of other, more harmful bacteria in the area. This occurs because these bacteria cannot thrive in a very acidic environment. As such, Lactobacillus can aid in plant growth because its presence keeps the harmful bacteria from destroying the plant.

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You can make Lactobacillus for fertiliser at home. There are a number of recipes to make an effective fertiliser from items readily available at home.


One recipe involves making a "rice wash," while a different variation recommends using newspaper, rice and milk. Essentially these recipes involve growing the Lactobacillus by letting it ferment for a few days in open air to promote bacterial growth.


Once the Lactobacillus mixture is made, it can be diluted 1:20 and applied directly onto the plant leaves to protect against other microorganisms that may attack the plant. Alternatively, it can be applied directly to the soil as a potent fertiliser.

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