Are you struggling with houseplants that have splotchy and yellowing leaves or with indoor seedlings that have grown pale green?-Probably, this happened because of nitrogen deficiency.
But, don’t worry. You can easily rejuvenate them and supply them with the needed amounts of this pivotal nutrient with a pack of unflavored gelatin.
Mix it with some water and voila-you have a low-cost and organic nitrogen source which has been found efficient in encouraging plant growth.
Why Will Your Plants Love their Fair Share of Gelatin?
According to Peter Tonge from the Christian Science Monitor, a 2-year-study performed on 49 species of houseplants by DR H.W.
Scheld from the University of Houston’s Department of Biology concluded that gelatin was a beneficial fertilizer if applied previously diluted once per month or during regular watering.
Gelatin was found to encourage healthy growth of the plants, a low cost nitrogen source, and unlikely to lead to a nitrogen buildup.
What Is Gelatin?
Gelatin is extracted from bones, skin, and connective tissues of animals. This organic substance dissolves slower in the soil than non-organic nitrogen that synthetic fertilizers contain.
By using it in your garden, your risk of feeding your plants too much is lower.
But, make sure you don’t use it with all of the plants in your garden. Namely, this gelatin and other fertilizers which increase the nitrogen levels aren’t proper for plants that bear fruits, for example, tomatoes.
They will likely become very tall and leafy instead of abundant in fruits.
How to Use Gelatin to Have Thriving Plants?
First, dissolve it entirely in water. If it looks thick, add more water.
Avoid the flavored gelatins which may have dyes and other artificial sweeteners that can mess up your plants’ growth.