Rice water! Have you tried it on your plants? I personally don’t cook rice often but when I remember I use it on my plants. After you wash your rice the water that is left back contains starches and minerals. The minerals contain trace macronutrients of NPK, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that help your plants grow.
Not enough studies have been focused just on plants but the few that are out there show they can be just as powerful as a complete food.
I personally use rice water on my houseplants (my Pothos really made a comeback) and my edible plants too.
I try to use it all at once. If you have any leftover it may be wise to keep it cool, but bring it back down to room temperature when feeding plants to not shock their roots.
Beneficial to soil and stimulating healthy bacteria. On soilless plants the nutrients go directly to the roots.
It's really is to make as well, here's all you have to do:
- In a bowl add your rice.
- Add water to the bowl with rice and gently swirl it around with your hand or a spoon.
- You will begin to see the water change color, these are the starches separating from the rice.
- Carefully strain the rice from the water into your container. You can use a mesh strainer or pour it out carefully without all the rice falling out. The trick here is to use height and pour from higher above.
- Rinse and repeat! Continue to wash the rice until it runs clear.
- Use right away to feed your plants and/or store the unused water.
- Store in a cool dry place. Dilute as needed or preferred, there are no hard rules when it comes to feeding your plants.
- Enjoy! You just created a plant fertilizer from plants. How cool is that?!
So have you given it a try? Let me know!