How to Use Aspirin in the Garden
You should be careful when using aspirin in the garden. Too much can burn or damage plants. Incorrect use can lead to the development of brown spots that make the plants appear to have burned leaves. This guide shows how to properly use aspirin in the garden to help prevent any damage to plants.
Proper dosage of aspirin should not be more than one tablet per liter of water. Start by breaking the tablet and make sure it is well dissolved before spraying. * It has been observed by horticulturists that aspirin dissolves well in distilled water!
Polarize in the morning because plants tend to absorb the best at this time. Also, morning spraying helps to avoid affecting beneficial insects such as bees and other pollinators that are active later and gives plants a chance to dry out.
1. Improves plant growth and productivity
At the University of Rhode Island, the gardeners made a solution containing 4 tablets of crushed aspirin and 4 liters of water. They then sprayed the solution on the crops every three weeks during the growing season. At the end of the season, they found that the treated plants grew faster and were more fruitful than the group that was left untreated.
They have concluded that aspirin causes increased vitamin C content and increases growth.
The science behind this statement
Aspirin contains an active ingredient known as salicylic acid. It is derived from willow bark. This acid improves the immune system of plants (plants naturally prepare them, but in smaller quantities), especially those in the Solanaceae family. Treated plants receive extra power and immunity, which helps them in pest control, microbial attack and prevents fungus formation.
2. Helps plants to combat fungal diseases
Verticillium and Fusarium are common fungal diseases, widespread in the soil and can radiate an entire culture in a matter of days. Fortunately, according to a recent study by the US Department of Agriculture, the use of aspirin can significantly reduce the spread of the fungus on the plant. It is also useful in the hand.
Apparently, plants produce small amounts of natural salicylic acid, especially when stressed. Salicylic acid creates a systematically acquired resistance protecting plants from microbial attack, drought, and even insect attack. Since salicylic acid is the active ingredient in aspirin, when a solution of aspirin is sprayed on plants, the amount of salicylic acid in plants is increased, which in turn stimulates the immune system by protecting seedlings and plants from soil-borne diseases, bacteria and fungi.
Gardeners can spray the plants with a solution of aspirin mixed in distilled water. The drug is particularly effective in defending the body against Solanaceae, including tomatoes or potatoes. You can also soak the seeds in the aspirin solution just before sowing to improve germination.
3. Help cut plants and flowers to last longer
Wondering how to keep fresh cut flowers for a long time? May! Shake an aspirin tablet, dissolve it in water and add the solution to the vase.
The science behind this statement
According to Judy Jernstedt, plant professor and soil department at the University of California, Davis, salicylic acid reduces ethylene production. Flower wilting is delayed and cuttings can last longer.
Also, an anti-fungal property of salicylic acid that dissolves in water slows the growth of mold, which, if it enters the stem of the flower, can block the vascular tissue leading to plant’s death. For longer-lasting flowers, make sure you change water regularly.