Apple vinegar has many health benefits but do you know it’s beneficial for plants as well? Find out in these 10 incredible Apple Cider Vinegar Uses in Garden!
How is Apple Cider Vinegar Made?
Apple cider vinegar is a preparation made from apples with the help of yeast and sugar. The process starts by crushing the apples. Sugar and yeast are then mixed with it to initiate the fermentation process. The alcohol produced from the sugar is then processed through a second fermentation process using acid-forming bacteria resulting in the formation of vinegar.
1. Use Apple Cider Vinegar as a Fertilizer
Not all types of vinegar available act as a fertilizer. In fact, white vinegar has often been found to have more of a herbicidal effect. However, positive results that support plant growth are observed after the application of apple cider vinegar. Due to its 5 percent acidic content, you can use it to fertilize your acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, blueberry, and gardenias.
Use organic, raw, and unfiltered apple vinegar for this purpose as it contains the pulp, which has the highest amount of nutrients for your plants. Take a ten-gallon bucket and pour ten ounces of apple cider vinegar (5% concentration) in it. Fill the rest of the bucket with water and stir thoroughly. Using a watering can or sprayer, water at the base of the plant. Avoid watering the leaves as it can lead to wilting and burn.
2. Clean Plant Leaves
Accumulation of dirt on indoor plants’ leaves can affect photosynthesis and growth. To avoid this, you should regularly clean them.
One of the Apple Cider Vinegar Uses in garden is this–Mix one teaspoon of apple vinegar to a gallon of water, dip a soft cloth in this solution and apply it gently on dirty leaves. The vinegar will clean the foliage, and its smell will deter away pests like scales and mites.
3. DIY a Fruit Fly Trap
Fruit flies are a common nuisance for every gardener. If you wish to get rid of them naturally, make a solution of 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of molasses, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water.
Mix the ingredients thoroughly and pour it into some containers and hang them at strategical spots. The combination will act as a bait and lure the fruit flies into swarming in it. Make sure to remove the dead flies periodically.