How to Make Eggshell Water For Houseplants

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.

How to Make Eggshell Water for Your Houseplants.intelligentdomestications.com

1. Save your eggshells. I save mine in an empty egg container and keep them in the refrigerator until ready for use.

Save your egg shells to make Egg Shell water for feeding your houseplants.intelligentdomestications.com

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.

Carefully add the egg shells to your container.intelligentdomestications.com

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.

Fill the container with water and replace the lid.intelligentdomestications.comNeed 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.

My Christmas Cactus.intelligentdomestications.com

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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18 comments

  1. Thanks for the info. Your plant is a Thanksgiving Cactus. A Christmas Cactus does not have the thorn looking things on the leaves, they are smooth edge leaves. Hope this helps to identify your plant . I thought mine was a Christmas Cactus too, but http://www.agardenforthehouse.com had an item on this around Christmas which shows the difference.

    • It really only smells when you add fresh eggs. I keep adding water to the eggs for several months. The smell does dissipate quickly when you are watering the plants. It doesn’t stink up the whole house at all.

  2. This is great to know. I’ve been meaning to get a houseplant for years because I’ve heard that they help to purify toxins from the air inside your house. Whenever, I finally get some houseplants I will use your tip to keep them healthy.
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    • I have houseplants in most rooms where I can have them near windows for natural light. I like to always have house plants in the bedrooms also for the oxygen they do add to the air.

  3. As I was reading this I was thinking what a great idea this was while wondering if the smell was horrible. Glad to know that it dissipates quickly because I hate the way eggs smell. I won’t place anything in my dishwasher that had eggs on it because (to me) it stinks up every dish in the dishwasher. My family thinks I’m crazy. 🙂

    This is a great way to reuse those shells. Your Christmas cactus is gorgeous!!
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