How to Make Eggshell Water For Houseplants
Did you know that you could make eggshell water for houseplants and have your own organic plant food? You only need 3 things, eggshells, water and a container. I’m certain you have all three of those items available right now.
1. Save your eggshells. I save mine in an empty egg container and keep them in the refrigerator until ready for use.
2. Carefully place the eggshells into your container. I use an empty milk jug. I don’t crush my eggshells first but you could pulverize them in a food chopper if you like.
3. Fill the container with water. Wait one day before using your eggshell water to feed your houseplants. Start with at least 3 to 6 eggs.
Need to know
- You can continue to add fresh eggshells to the same jug of water for several months.
- Refill water after each use.
- Unfortunately, repurposed milk jugs do not hold up like they used to. Over time, the milk jug will spring a leak. I found that out the hard way in recent years.
- Replace the milk jug, if that is your container of choice, every few months and start over with all fresh eggs at that time.
- Calcium is the nutrient benefit to your plants from using eggshell water.
- Spoiler Alert!! It stinks but it sure is good for your plants!
We have a Pothos which is more than 10 years old located in our Den. I have cut and rooted and given away a lot of healthy Pothos which was fed eggshell water. Several months ago my husband and I realized there was an awful odor in the Den and thought some creature may have somehow gotten into the house and died. We were both searching the Den carefully when we realized the odor was coming from the Pothos. It was in that moment I realized I had watered the plant with fresh eggshell water right before he got home. Yes, it really does stink that bad. Don’t let that deter you from using it though, the odor does dissipate quickly.
I have always watered my Christmas Cactus with eggshell water. I started this plant from a couple of the leaves given me by a friend about 12 years ago. This photo is from 2013. You can see how beautiful it is now on my Instagram here. I know it is a Christmas cactus but it always blooms in November.
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