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How to use a banana peel as plant food

Updated March 23, 2017

Many people overlook the vast benefits of the banana peel, often throwing them away once they're done eating the fruit. Banana peels can be used for teeth whitening, face masks, healing ointments, leather polish, and even for plant food. The potassium in the peels helps prevent plant diseases and also encourages flower growth. Rose bushes can greatly benefit from the nutrients in banana peels. You can use the peels as a dry plant food or add them to the water that you would normally use to hydrate your plants.

Cut the banana peel into 1/4-inch strips. Spread the strips out on a baking tray.

Bake the banana peel strips at 177 degrees Celsius for approximately 10 minutes. If they haven't turned brown and crisped up, bake them for another 10 minutes, checking on them every two minutes.

Grind up the browned peels in a blender or food processor. Sprinkle the fine pieces into the soil and stir the soil around gently to incorporate the peels.

Fill a blender or food processor with 4 cups of water, 1/4 cup Epsom salts and one banana peel. Cut off the hard ends of the banana before throwing the peel in the blender.

Purée the mixture until the peel has been completely dissolved.

Pour small amounts of the banana peel infused water directly into the soil. Allow the soil to absorb the mixture before wetting it again. Water according to the requirements for your particular plant to avoid overwatering. Some plants need only a slightly damp soil, while others require more saturation. Do this twice a month for optimum results.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • 2 banana peels
  • Baking tray
  • Blender or food processor
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Epsom salts
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Misty Rodriguez, born and raised in Orlando, Florida, has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has a wide variety of experience and mainly focuses on search engine optimization, mystery shopping narratives and how-to articles. Misty has an Associate of Arts degree in general education from Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL, and is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in nursing.