What is vinegar for plants for? Gardening On

White vinegar

At home we have many things that we can use to take care of our plants and the garden. One of them is neither more nor less than the vinegar. Yes Yes. This liquid that we normally add to salads for example can be one of our best allies to avoid (or solve) problems that may arise.

So if you want to know what vinegar is for for plants, then I’ll tell you everything.

Using vinegar for plants

Increase the acidity of the water

Water to irrigate

water to irrigate

There are many plants -especially those that come from China or Japan, such as japanese maples- which cannot be watered with calcareous water since, otherwise, their leaves would begin to look chlorotic, that is, yellow with very visible nerves. To avoid this, what can be done is add a small spoonful of vinegar to a liter of water.

To prevent it from becoming too acidic, check your pH with pH strips or a digital meter (for sale here!), because if it goes too low (less than 4) it could also cause problems for the plants.

Repel animals

If we do not want animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, raccoons or deer to come to our garden, it is highly recommended to fill a spray bottle with water and add a tablespoon of vinegar. Then there will only be spray those areas that are problematicsuch as the entrance or the corners.

Animals tend to have a much more developed sense of smell than ours, so strong odors such as vinegar are not to the taste of many, like the ones we have named. Anyway, let me tell you that if cats go (or live) in your garden, it is also highly recommended to avoid putting plants in their areas of passage.

For example, if you know that they use a table to climb the wall, give them a ‘hallway’ where they can walk and jump without having to drop anything.

Deoxidize tools

The tools, if they are not taken care of (even taking care of them) with the passage of time they rust. To slow down the process it is very interesting to put them inside a basin with pure vinegar.

In addition, the vinegar will serve to disinfect them, something that is really important. Microorganisms are not visible to the naked eye, but that does not mean they are not there. Therefore, if tools are used over and over again, without even cleaning them, we run the risk of making the plants sick.

Remove fungus

Fungi can kill our beloved plants in a matter of days or weeks, but now we can avoid this by spraying them with pure vinegar. It also serves to treat seedbeds.

It is what we said before: nothing like taking preventive measures to avoid losing plants due to fungi and other microorganisms.

If your plant is very, very sick, with stems that are beginning to be dark brown, with premature leaf and / or flower drop, treat it with fungicide.

Natural molluscicide

Snail on plant

snail on plant

Snails and slugs appear especially in the rainy season, and when they do… they do it “big time.” They come out in great numbers, heading for the plants. Once they get to them, they will start eating them. But fortunately We can prevent the situation from getting worse by spraying the plants with vinegar.

These mollusks have a voracious appetite. To have the plants more protected, you can put mosquito netting around them, as if it were a kind of greenhouse. It will be especially useful if, for example, you have to go on a trip and there is a forecast of rain in your area, because when you return you will find your pots just as healthy and whole as when you left them .

Can you water the plants with vinegar?

Metal watering can watering a plant

Metal watering can watering a plant

Vinegar is very acidic, around 2.4 and 3.4. The most acidophilic plants, such as azaleas or camellias, they need the pH to be at least 4. If we water only with vinegar the roots will burn, and the rest of the plant will also die.

However, it can be used to lower the pH of the water if it is very calcareous, as long as said pH is analyzed to prevent it from dropping too low. For this reason, and taking into account that vinegar is cheaper than oil (which can also be used to lower the pH), it is very interesting for those who grow acidophilic plants in an area where the water … well, it’s not too good , as it happens in many parts of the Mediterranean region for example.

Is it good to fumigate with vinegar?

Everything will depend on whether it is mixed with water and what the pH of this mixture is. If it is a minimum of 4, yes that is goodsince it is a good product to repel animals and remove fungi.

Did you know about these uses of vinegar for plants? I hope that from now on you can better control the animals and possible pests or diseases .

What is vinegar for plants for? Gardening On

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