Hydrogen Peroxide Garden Applications

gardeniasHydrogen peroxide is a natural part of the plant metabolic system and is produced and synthesized in different systems within plant structure. It is a natural compound produced in the breakdown of plants as well, particularly well suited for water garden applications.

In the home garden, a 3 percent solution in a mister works well to combat black spot leaf disease on roses, gardenias and other susceptible plants. Simply mist the leaves one to two times a week between or just after waterings.

It is also an excellent soil oxygenator, and can be applied in a dilute solution of one half cup 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to one gallon of water. This application will often restore damaged or injured plants within weeks, particularly drought stricken plants.

In stronger concentrations, hydrogen peroxide makes a great weed killer. Rather than spreading toxic chemicals over your garden to kill unwanted plants, use commercial agricultural grade sodium percarbonate, the dry form of hydrogen peroxide and dilute to a strength of 10 percent solution. (Approximately twice as much water in the dilution as a straight application of the dry concentrate). Apply directly to the unwanted plant or plants.

When using higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (over 3 percent) always wear protective rubber or latex gloves. Nornal gardening gloves are not waterproof and higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide will burn your skin as easily as they will burn the weeds you want to eliminate with them.

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