Is Watering Plants With Fruit Juice Healthy for the Plants?

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Watering plants with juice that you might otherwise throw away seems like a good way to avoid waste, but consider the effects and alternatives. You could end up harming your plants.

Effects

  • Watering with sugary or acidic juices causes a range of problems from pH imbalance to sticky, moldy or bug-infested plants.

Considerations

  • Plants thrive best with sunlight, water and the appropriate fertilizer. Commercial fertilizers contain chemical versions of the necessary ingredients. Organic options include manure and compost.

Theories/Speculation

  • While watering with juice may wreak havoc on indoor plants, tossing it outside is harmless. Outdoor plants enjoy a greater soil and root depth, allowing organic matter to break down and pH to remain balanced.

Types

  • A study published in the National Student Research Center Journal reported that morning glories performed better when given orange juice rather than grapefruit juice, lemonade and even water.

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