Banana Peel Fertilizer + 9 More Banana Peel Uses In The Garden
You take scraps from your kitchen that you’d typically throw away, mix them with microbes and air, and dry scraps from your yard that you’d normally throw away, and BOOM – you’ve made black gold that makes your plants grow like crazy.
And this is why I’m also amazed by banana peels.
Tomatoes love bananas, at least, they love banana peel fertilizer.
Instead of pitching that peel, I mix it with water and time, and I’ve got banana peel fertilizer. Banana peels are arguably the most useful kitchen scrap you can use in your garden.
It turns out that the most mediocre of drops in Mario Kart, the humble banana peel, is a veritable gardening gold mine.
After reading this article, I hope you’ll never throw away another banana peel.
What’s the deal with banana peel fertilizer?
Nearly every gardener knows the macronutrient trifecta – nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
These three nutrients are so essential to plant growth and health. So much so that this is why commercially made fertilizers always have the fertilizer grade on the packaging.
Of course, each plant’s nutrient needs vary, but you’d be surprised how many of them do exceptionally well when fed banana peel fertilizer.
Why? Because banana peels are one of the richest sources of organic potassium out there.
Let’s get technical for a moment.
You always hear about plants needing potassium, but do you know why? Think of potassium as the plant’s supervisor – it assists in nearly every chemical and metabolical process that happens during the life of a plant.
From moving nutrients and water from cell to cell to controlling enzymes, even assisting in when photosynthesis occurs, potassium plays a role in it all.
Bottom line – if you want big, healthy plants with showy blooms or delicious fruit, you need potassium in your fertilizer.
In addition to potassium, banana peels contain some vital nutrients for general plant health – calcium, manganese, sulfur, and magnesium. Each of these nutrients plays a role in maintaining plant health, whether it’s photosynthesis, generating chlorophyll, or regulating the movement of water among cells.
Furthermore, banana peels don’t contain nitrogen, which is important to note if you’re an avid tomato gardener. Banana peel fertilizer is perfect for plants with low-nitrogen requirements such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and even radishes.
But don’t worry, even nitrogen-loving plants will benefit from the use of banana peel fertilizer. The calcium content found in banana peels helps plants absorb nitrogen in the soil easier.
How to Make Banana Peel Fertilizer
Brewing a batch of banana peel fertilizer is super easy.
- Banana peels
- One-quart mason jar
- Mason jar lid
- Distilled water
- Add a banana peel to a clean jar.
- Fill the jar with water and put the lid on it.
- Let the concoction sit for a week to two weeks, then remove and discard the banana peel.
- Dilute the finished fertilizer with water in a 1:4 ratio.
- Enjoy happy plants and bigger yields.
Of course, you may want to make a large batch to have on hand. This recipe can easily be doubled up for even tripled using a larger container and adding more banana peels.
How to Use Banana Peel Fertilizer
Water your plants at the base with the diluted banana peel fertilizer once a week. It can take a few weeks to see results, so be patient. For the best results, begin the growing season with this fertilizer and use it continually.
I grow my eggplant in containers, so the nutrients in the soil get washed out quickly. Banana peel fertilizer has kept my eggplants happy and productive all season long
You’ll be amazed at how well your plants do with this nourishing fertilizer tea. Tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, eggplants, and even roses will all benefit from the use of banana peel fertilizer.
If your tomatoes don’t seem to be doing well this year, here’s 13 common tomato problems, plus how you can fix them.
Potassium Deficiency in the Garden
You’ll know your plants need a potassium boost if you look for these telltale signs:
- The first sign of potassium deficiency is easy to spot – leaves on the bottom half of your plant will turn yellow
- Underdeveloped root system
- Your plant’s growth may slow or stop completely
- A plant lacking in potassium won’t bounce back well during a drought
- You may find that the vegetables produced aren’t ripening evenly
More Banana Peel Uses In The Garden
Banana peel fertilizer is excellent, but it’s not the only way you can use banana peels in the garden. Here are some other a-peel-ing ways to put this everyday kitchen scrap to work. (What? I’m a sucker for a good pun.)
1. Bug Buster
Spray diluted banana peel fertilizer on plants to repel pests such as aphids. Burying chopped up banana peels around the base of plants will also keep aphids at bay.
Banana peels and apple cider vinegar make a fantastic bug trap. Pour a small amount of apple cider vinegar into a jar and add a couple of tablespoons of chopped banana peel. Place a funnel in the container so the bugs can get in but not out. Discard after 48 hours and repeat the process.
2. Plant a Peel
Start the season off right by popping a part of the banana peel directly into the bottom of each hole or container as you transplant your tomatoes and other potassium-loving plants. The peel will break down quickly, giving your plant the nutrients it needs to do well.
3. Give Seeds a Head Start
Use banana peels to give seeds an extra boost while germinating. Pop a piece of banana into the hole and drop the seed in on top. Or place the seed directly on a piece of banana peel before covering it with soil. Water and wait.
4. Banana Peel Powder
Dry banana peels on the lowest setting in your oven. Place them on a baking sheet so they aren’t touching. I cut mine into 1″ pieces first. They should break apart easily once they’re done.
You can also leave banana peels on a rack to dry in the sun for a few days.
Crush the dried peels into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle or an old coffee grinder. Keep the banana peel container in a sealed jar or baggie.
Loosen the soil around the base of each plant and then sprinkle one or two tablespoons of the powder over the soil. Water the plant thoroughly and let the banana peel work its magic.
5. Chopped Banana Peel Mulch
Chop up several banana peels and add a small handful at the base of each of your potassium-loving plants. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
As the peels break down, they will release nutrients in the soil right where they’re needed most.
6. Banana Peel Vinegar for Acid-Loving Plants
Fermenting the banana peels will result in an acidic vinegar-like mixture. Acid-loving plants like blueberries and hydrangeas will do better with this fertilizer, rather than the standard banana peel fertilizer.
- Finely chop a banana peel and add it to a mason jar.
- Pour in enough water to cover the peels, plus an inch.
- Cover the jar with a doubled-up layer of cheesecloth. Put the jar somewhere warm for a week.
- Remove the peels after a week and recover the jar with the cheesecloth. Let the vinegar continue to ferment for another month.
- Dilute the finished vinegar 1:1 with water and feed to plants that require acidic soil once every other week.
7. Winter Soil Booster
Once the growing season is finished, till or dig under banana peels throughout your garden. The peels will break down during the winter months, replenishing your soil with nutrients.
If you’ve got a large garden, ask the local smoothie place to save their banana peels for a few days for you.
8. Wipe Houseplant Leaves
Houseplant leaves can accumulate dust over time which hampers their ability to absorb sunlight and photosynthesize. This can hinder their growth.
Use the inside of a banana peel to gently wipe down your houseplant leaves.
9. If All Else Fails – Compost Them
Like most vegetable and fruit scraps, banana peels are great for the compost bin. Banana peels, however, break down quicker than most scraps, making them perfect for the compost bin. If you do nothing else with your banana peels, add them to your compost.
Banana Peel Tips
Depending on where you live, putting banana peels directly on your plants might not be the best idea, as it can draw pests to your garden. It might be a better option to use banana peel fertilizer or banana peel powder.
If you’re not big on eating bananas, check local places that make smoothies and ask them to save their banana peels for you. Or you can also ask at your local supermarket for overripe bananas that they can no longer sell.
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Banana Peels In The Garden – (12 How To Ideas And Uses)
If you compost, you already toss banana peels into your compost pile or compost bin.
But, there are a number of other banana peel uses both as a natural fertilizer and as a natural pest repellent in the garden. In this article, we will share a wealth of smart ways to make the most of this valuable bit of trash. Read on to learn more.
12 Uses For Banana Peels In The Garden
What are these peels from bananas good for?
Banana skin or peels being nutrient-rich, make an excellent source of natural fertilizer for your yard and garden. They provide your plants with:
- Potassium Fertilizer: This nutrient helps your plants grow strong roots, and it also helps enable good distribution of water and nutrients. Potassium helps regulate plant enzymes and supports your plants in growing stronger stems. All of this works together to help grow strong, sturdy disease and pest repellant plants.
- Phosphorus:This nutrient also helps build healthy roots and shoots, and it is absolutely essential for the successful production of blossoms, pollen and fruit. Plants that receive plenty of phosphorus grow big and strong. Bone meal is good too!
- Calcium: Roots and stems are also dependent upon ample calcium for strength and proper stem and root development. Calcium assists in breaking down soil nutrients such as nitrogen, and it supports other minerals in moving through a plant’s system.
- Magnesium: This mineral supports healthy photosynthesis, which is absolutely essential for all aspects of plant growth and health.
Use these tips to make the most of these valuable nutrients!
1. Brew Some Banana Peel Tea
Create an all-natural liquid organic banana peel fertilizer filled with potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen using just the peels for bananas and water. This combination feeds and strengthens plants and helps them resist diseases and pests.
Brew This Nourishing Banana Peel Fertilizer Tea In Several Different Ways
# 1 Fill a large jar (2 quarts) about three-quarters of the way with water. Set the jar of water in your refrigerator. Whenever you eat a banana cut the peel into small pieces and put the pieces into the water.
Keep the jar of boiled banana water in your refrigerator for about a week. When it is full, strain the peels out and mix the banana water with a gallon of plain water. Use this “compost tea” to water your plants and give them a healthy dose of minerals.
# 2 If you don’t want to keep a jar of chopped peels in your refrigerator, make small batches of banana peel tea for plants. Do this by placing banana peels in a 1 quart Mason jar filled with water. Allow the jar to sit (loosely covered) at room temperature for two days. Remove the peel and use the water as-is for watering plants.
Note: I would NOT use bananas on indoor house plants without some testing!
2. Don’t Throw Away The Soaked Peels!
Use soaked banana skins as fertilizer. Dehydrate them and then grind them into powder for working directly into the soil, or make a slurry of the soaked peels using your blender. Work the slurry into the soil surrounding plants for nourishment and also for a certain measure of pest control.
Dehydrated banana peel powder makes an excellent addition when starting seedlings. Mix a pinch into the starter mix in each pot to be sure that your seeds get off to the best start.
If nothing else, remember to add the soaked banana peels to your compost heap or bin for a nutrient bump!
3. Pest Control
Working cut-up banana peels into the soil surrounding your plants not only feeds the plants, but it also will help naturally deter green aphids and other pests. You can also spray your peels compost tea directly onto plants to help repel aphids. As a bonus, your plants will absorb the minerals in the compost tea through their leaves.
4. Banana Peels In Compost
Whether you compost using a compost pile, a bin, or a vermicomposting setup, using banana peels (whole, chopped up, soaked, or as a slurry) is a good idea. If you do add whole banana peels, be sure to bury them deeply near the composting coffee grounds so as not to attract pests such as raccoons and possums.
Soaking, chopping, grinding, or making a slurry of banana peels makes the nutrients more readily available to plants and facilitates a quick breakdown of the peel. For this reason, some pre-compost processing is desirable.
5. Amend Your Potting Soil
You can use composted peels directly as a soil amendment in the autumn when preparing flower and veggie beds for the winter.
Chop banana peels up and work them into the potting mix or add them whole. Again, just be sure to bury them deeply under mulch if adding them whole since they may attract mammalian nocturnal invaders.
Have you thought about, banana peels or a banana mixture for roses or in the planting hole of tomato plants?
Roses respond very well with brighter blooms and more flowers when they get “fed” banana peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells.
6. Plant A Banana Peel
When planting seeds outdoors give them a direct jolt of nutrients by planting a banana peel along with them.
Dig a trench two inches deep and at least long enough to accommodate the banana peel strip. Lay strips of banana peels flat with the inside facing up and put the seeds on top.
Cover with light, rich, well-drained soil, and water, care for your seeds as usual. As they germinate, create roots, and begin growing they will greatly benefit from the rich fertilizer created by the decomposing banana peels.
7. Make A Calcium Rich Banana Fertilizer Spray
Banana peel tea spray is good, but adding eggshells and Epsom salts makes it absolutely fantastic! To create an excellent, spray-on liquid fertilizer combine the following in your blender or food processor:
- Three crushed, dried, ground up eggshells
- Four dried, ground up banana peels
- One tablespoon of Epsom salts
- One quart of water
Blend or process on “high.” The mixture is ready when all of the ingredients are thoroughly dissolved in the water. Decant the concoction into a one-quart spray bottle for use as a foliar fertilizer.
8. Trap Insects!
Chop up banana peels and place them in a plastic container with a lid. Large yogurt tubs, margarine tubs, and the like are good candidates for this task.
Cover the banana peel with apple cider vinegar and place the lid on the tub. Punch holes in the lid large enough for flies to get in (you may want to do this before placing the lid on the tub!)
Flies and other garden undesirables will be attracted to the scent of banana peel and vinegar. They will enter through the holes and drown in the liquid. While this contraption will certainly not trap every fly in your garden, it will help you do away with quite a few.
9. Ferment Your Banana Peels
A fermented banana peel slurry makes an excellent side dressing and nutrient boost for blooming plants. This concoction helps encourage bigger and better blooms.
To create a fermented banana peel slurry, place a few banana peels into a mason jar and add water. Put a weight on top of the skins so that they stay submerged. Cover the jar with a cloth and use a rubber band to keep it in place.
Leave the jar sitting at a comfortable room temperature in dim light for about a week. This will allow beneficial bacteria to release the nutrients contained in the banana peel. At the end of the week, drain the peels, saving the water to use as a liquid fertilizer.
Put the peels into your blender and purée them. Use the resulting slurry as a side dressing for blossoming plants. Note that if your concoction smells very bad or shows evidence of black mold, you should not use it.
10. Feed Your Blueberries Banana Vinegar!
Blueberries and other acid-loving plants will enjoy a treat of banana vinegar. To make this nourishing amendment, begin by fermenting banana peels as described above.
At the end of the week instead of using the water as liquid fertilizer, simply leave it in the jar. Put a lid on the jar and wait 4 to 6 weeks for the banana water to ferment and become vinegar.
You will know your task is complete when your concoction smells like vinegar. If it smells very strong, be sure to dilute it to avoid burning your plants.
11. Using Banana Peels To Feed Your “Air Plants” Like Staghorns
Epiphytic perennials, such as Elk Horn and Staghorn ferns do not grow in soil. They derive all of their nourishment from the air around them. Spraying them with your foliar fertilizer is a great way to provide them with a boost of nutrients for stellar growth.
12. Set Your Air Plant On A Banana Peel
When establishing an air plant on its backboard or trunk, use banana peels as its base. Cover it with moss and set the plant over it. As the banana peel decays, its nutrients will be released for the benefit of your fern.
Steps To Take To Dry Banana Peels
If you have a food dehydrator, simply follow instructions to make dried banana peels. Otherwise, you can dry them in the oven at a very low temperature (140°).
Cut them up into small pieces or leave them whole, as you wish.
You should leave the door of the oven open just a bit to allow good air circulation. Don’t wander off! Stay around and keep an eye on your peels so you can remove them when thoroughly dry.
Save Your Bananas & Their Peels!
If you would like to save up your banana peels and process them all at once, you can keep them in a plastic bag in the freezer until you are ready to soak them, chop them and/or dry them.
In fact, you can keep whole bananas in the freezer for use in smoothies and cooking. Doing this enables you to take advantage of ripe bananas on sale – a practice that is sure to add to the nutritional value of your diet and that of your plants!