Only one atom more (or less) makes a big difference, just as it is with water and hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide from water differs only in one oxygen atom but this one atom completely changes the properties of this compound. This is a strong oxidizing agent, a transparent liquid that, because of its properties, is often used in households as an antiseptic, disinfectant and as a bleach.
For household use, the smallest hydrogen peroxide concentration should be used, that is the 3 % solution (containing 97% water and 3% hydrogen peroxide), while higher concentrations are used for other purposes and can be hazardous if they are improperly used. Do you know that you can use hydrogen peroxide on your plants? It sounds crazy, right? We will show you how and why.
Hydrogen Peroxide Uses For Your Garden
- Your seeds will grow quicker
What you need to do is to soak the seeds in a made of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water solution. Then, rinse the seeds and plant them in your garden or pot.
- Prevent rotting roots
If the soil is too moist and it’s lacking oxygen, the roots of your plants will easily rot. Once again, the hydrogen peroxide comes in handy! Pour a diluted solution made of water and 3% hydrogen peroxide. In fact, this solution will quickly increase the oxygen level and remove the anaerobic environment.
- Clean the water
In urban areas, people usually water their plants with chemically treated water. Moreover, this water is harmful to the plants as is for the human body. To clean the water you can use hydrogen peroxide. Because it has strong oxidation property, the hydrogen peroxide will eliminate chemical pesticides, chlorine, and any chemicals that are present.
- Repel insects and acts as a pesticide
If you grow plants in your garden, then you know how annoying insects can be. To stop them ruing your plant you should dilute hydrogen peroxide with water (1 % hydrogen peroxide) and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the crop with the solution starting from the bottom all the way to its leaves. The hydrogen peroxide will keep spiders, aphids and other bugs at bay. It will also remove mushrooms, parasitic nematodes, and cutworms.
- Sanitize the garden utensils
If you found fungus anywhere near your plants, you should sanitize your gardening tools, to avoid spreading the disease. Soak your gardening tools into a mixture made with 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide and 3, 5 liters of water.