What Contains In Rice Water Why is Rice Water a Good Orchid Fertilizer?. Rice water is a milky liquid that is left after washing rice. It has been used traditionally in the treatment of skin and hair, but in this video, I want to share my experience use rice water as an orchid fertilizer.
I don’t use chemical fertilizer anymore for my orchids collection, I use rice water in watering all my orchid plants. Rice water contains nutrients that can help the orchids to grow and bloom flowers.
I used the first rice rinse when washing the rice before cooking water because the carbohydrate content in the form of starch was more than the second washing.
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Making this rice water fertilizer is quite easy.
When washing rice, usually the first washing water will be turbid. The murky color of the former laundry indicates that the outermost layer of rice has eroded. Although many nutrients have been lost, in the epidermis, there are still remnants of these very useful nutrients.
What contains in rice water?. Rice grains contain 75–80 percent starch, gluten protein, cellulose, hemicellulose, sugar, and high vitamins. Rice water is the starchy water that remains after soaking rice.
Water that has been used to rinse rice can help plants grow better. How to make rice water for orchids:
- Wash the rice. Strain the rice water into a clean bowl.
- I collect (used) the first rice rinse when washing the rice before cooking water because the carbohydrate content in the form of starch was more than the second washing.
- You can use this fresh rice water to watering your orchids, but because it’s not too much so I like to collect the rice water up to next time when I cook the rice.
- I like to use fermented rice wash water.
- Before I used the rice water to be watering the orchids, I filtered the rice water so that no thick liquid would be splashed on the orchid.
Video Why is Rice Water a Good Orchid Fertilizer?
Rice water has nutrients that have a positive effect on plant growth.
For example, phosphorus (P), one of the main elements needed by plants and is always present in compound fertilizers such as NPK. Phosphorus plays a role in stimulating root growth and the formation of a good root system of seeds and young plants.
Other nutrients are iron (Fe) which is important for the formation of green leaves (chlorophyll) also plays an important role in the formation of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Besides the epidermis also contains vitamins, minerals, and high phytonutrients. Vitamins are very instrumental in the process of hormone formation and function as coenzymes (non-protein components to activate enzymes).
Rice contains high carbohydrates. It is very possible that these carbohydrates are degraded when washing. The initial hypothesis, when sprayed into plants, carbohydrates will split into simpler elements and provide nutrients for microbes that are beneficial to plants.
What you need to know for you who are just starting to care for orchids, is not the Rice Water that makes the orchids rot or die, but because of the overwatering will make the orchids eventually die. Orchids like to be watered if the media has dried. Orchids come from forests that only get water when it rains, if you give water too much and the media is still wet you watering, then the orchids will rot.
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