Hydrogen Peroxide for Plants

August 10, 2013 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Hydrogen Peroxide for Plants & Daylilies  

Hydrogen Peroxide for Plants and DayliliesHydrogen peroxide is usually used for industrial, chemical and even biological purposes, the fact that this clear and slightly viscous liquid can actually be very helpful when it comes to maintaining plants, specifically daylilies. Here are some of the important things that you definitely need to know about using hydrogen peroxide for plants.

Knowing Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is known for its chemical formula which is H2O2. As previously stated, this substance is described to have a clear and viscous appearance. It has a distinct smell and it may actually look like water. The only difference of this substance from water is that the former has an extra oxygen atom making it very useful for different purposes. It can be used as a cleaning agent, fuel and even treatment because of some of its known health benefits.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Plant Steriliser Plant Growth

With the extra oxygen of Hydrogen Peroxide, it could be able to react with other substances with stable molecules of oxygen. If you add hydrogen peroxide with water this can be very helpful because some of the plant harmful chemicals like Chlorine can be effectively removed. Hydrogen Peroxide can serve as a steriliser of the plants water supply. This substance can effectively remove some of the most dangerous disease causing spores that can be very damaging to the plants. You can be sure that you will be able to prevent possible plant diseases and event treat underlying ones which your plant may already have by simply using Hydrogen Peroxide properly.

The Shortage of Oxygen

Most plants often acquire diseases and end up rotting because of the lack of adequate supply of oxygen. Oxygen is very essential in maintaining the integrity of the entire plant.  Some conditions may actually cause shortage of oxygen in plants. When too much water is placed on the soil where your plants are, there can be a great chance that the plants will lose adequate supply of oxygen. Too much water can occupy the air spaces in the soil and deprive the plant of the right amount that it deserves. This can cause dying or rotting of roots within a span of just 24 hours. This will greatly limit the ability of the entire plant to get the proper nutrients that it needs for growth. The plant will start to look pale yellow and will eventually wilt because of this condition.

Hydrogen Peroxide: The Oxygen Source

It was already previously stated that the Hydrogen Peroxide has extra oxygen with it. If water is treated with Hydrogen Peroxide, extra oxygen could be released and the plant can be able to acquire enough oxygen. The roots will be exposed to high levels of oxygen and it can effectively promote the healthy growth of the entire plant.

How Much Hydrogen Peroxide For Plants

First of all, you have to choose the right concentration of water and Hydrogen Peroxide that you will use to water your plants. This substance is available in different strengths or concentrates  from small percentages like 3% even up to 35%. There are also various types that you can find in the supermarket or chemist. There is what is known as the food grade Hydrogen Peroxide which can be very friendly when it comes to plants. The most highly recommended concentration that you can use is the 35%.  Before applying this substance to the plants, you have to make sure that you dilute it properly. High concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide can be very damaging not only to the plant but also to your very own skin and even clothing. Once you have contact with the substance by any chance, you should be able to rinse it and clean it immediately. When you are handling Hydrogen Peroxide, you have to make sure that you are wearing gloves or even other types of protective clothing as necessary.

Making the Mixture and Ensuring the Dilution

You can achieve the proper dilution by ensuring that the mixture has a ratio of one part to about eleven parts of water.  It would be highly recommendable if you would use distilled water. You also have to ensure that the container you use for the mixture would not be clear so that you won’t expose it to light.  Start creating your mixture by using smaller concentrations first. If you are already used to such, you can decide to increase the concentration of the Hydrogen Peroxide that you use. You need to remember that the higher the concentration, the greater the amount of water that you will definitely need. For example, if you use 3% concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide, it would be highly advisable that you place about 2 to 3 teaspoons of the said substance in a gallon of water.

Ways To Apply Hydrogen Peroxide to Plants & Daylilies

Hydrogen Peroxide is good for plants, there are actually different uses that you can apply Hydrogen Peroxide to your plants and your garden. You can spray the mixture of Hydrogen Peroxide and water on the plant foliage. This can serve as your fertiliser for your plants optimum growth. You can even spray the mixture to your seeds to ensure that they will be sprouting faster. If you have plant cuttings, you can also soak them first properly, in the mixture before you finally plant them in the soil. If your plant already has some fungus diseases, you have to make sure that you will be able to spray the mixture on the affected part to treat it. Whether it is on the leaves, roots or even the stem or the stalk.  You also have to make sure that you will apply adequate amounts of the mixture. Did you know !! Excessive application of hydrogen peroxide can be damaging to the plants.

These are some of the most important things that you definitely need to know about Hydrogen Peroxide and its use in plants. If you are still in doubt about the plant benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide. You can definitely try it for yourself and see how much Hydrogen Peroxide you need to mix with water to spray on your plants, that will maintain the growth of your daylilies effectively.

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