Provide ‘huge advantage’ for roses and hydrangeas with common kitchen scrap
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Provide ‘huge advantage’ for roses and hydrangeas with common kitchen scrap

Roses and hydrangeas provide the garden with a pop of colour as well as their low maintenance qualities.

How long each plant blooms depends on the variety and how they are cared for, but it is typically for a couple of months.

According to one expert, using banana peel can make roses and hydrangeas bloom for longer.

John Dempsey, a gardening expert at Housetastic, said that applying two to three peels to the soil will provide a “huge advantage” for these plants.

If you are about to introduce roses or hydrangeas into your garden, the peel can be cut up and placed into the soil.

However, if they are a couple of years old, the banana peel can be placed around the top of the soil.

The expert explained: “You should put a chopped banana peel in the bottom of the hole before inserting the plant and mixing the rest with compost and soil around the new plant.”

Banana peel can help to provide potassium to the soil, which will help to enrich it, encouraging the rose to “bloom for longer”.

Other nutrients include calcium, iron and copper which can all help roses and hydrangeas to grow.

The gardening expert continued: “Watering the soil thoroughly afterwards will aid in the breakdown of the peels and will support new growth.

“Putting a banana peel on the ground near the base of the plants is the simplest way to increase potassium levels.

“Chopping the peel first reduces the time it takes for the peel to degrade, allowing the potassium to reach your plants sooner.”

Coffee grounds and tea bags also work miracles in the garden, as well as helping to deter pests at the same time.

Eggshells are another ideal supplement which helps to feed outdoor plants and flowers.

Simply place them around the border or container of plants to keep slugs and snails away.