2 TOP SECRET GARDENING HACKS FOR CALCIUM + 6 Easy Organic Sources of Calcium to Plants

Hello Friends! In today’s episode we will look into the
importance of calcium in gardening and 6 easily available sources of calcium to plants, And
What out of these really work and Why? Then, Finally Two Gardening Hacks or Tricks
to get instant supply of calcium to your plants. Coming up! Before we start listing the 6 easy sources
of calcium to plants, we will quickly know the importance or the function of calcium
in plants. Calcium plays a very important role in overall
growth of plants. It helps in absorption of major nutrients
by the roots in the presence of water. It is essential for formation and integrity
of plant cell wall and hence very essential for fruit formation. So, What are the signs and symptoms of calcium
deficiency in plants? Calcium deficiency can cause necrosis or death
of plant tissue at certain parts of the plant particularly at the tips of fruits and tips
of growing leaves which appear like burnt tips. Blossom End rot Disease seen in tomatoes,
peppers and squashes is the best example of such necrosis due to calcium deficiency. Plant chlorosis or leaf yellowing and stunted
growth are also signs of calcium deficiency. Having said that, now let’s list out the
top 6 options or the sources of calcium to plants. If you do vegetable gardening or intend to
grow veggies organically in your home or terrace garden, please follow this till the end! 6. Milk: This is the most expensive option and
not recommended because most of the ingredients found in milk along with calcium are not required
by plants. Like Fats, lactose and proteins are not essential
to plants. But, If your milk is spoilt, you may dilute
it and water it to your plants or make a foliar spray by mixing it with compost tea, like
how we have done this in my previous episodes. All related links can be found in description
below. 5. Egg Shells: No doubt egg shell is composed
of calcium carbonate. You know Even one of the hardest thing Marble
is calcium carbonate and also the soft Chalk sticks is also calcium carbonate. The point here is if you add crushed or even
powdered egg shells into soil, it might take many months and even years for it to decompose
and release that calcium for uptake into the soil. This option is least effective for treating
a acute disease like Blossom end rot or a stunted plant. Perhaps this option of powdered eggshells
may be utilized while preparing your potting mix before planting. Another option for instantly providing calcium
for plants is to water the plants with the water used to boil eggs. Do not throw away this water. Cool it and water your plants with this. Egg shells release some calcium into water
during the process of egg boiling. 4. Bone meal: Yes! It’s an excellent source of calcium, but
the problem is the Plants can only get phosphorus from bone meal and cannot utilize calcium
from bone meal. This is because of Garden Soil PH of around
6.5, that’s slightly acidic for most garden plants. And at this PH level, it’s not a good option
to use bone meal as a source of calcium. 3. Expired Calcium or Iron Tablets: Are these
of any use to the plants? Certainly not for instant supply of calcium
unlike in humans. These are complex binding forms or compounds
in these tablets that take time to decompose and release them for uptake by plants. The best way to use these expired tablets
is to add them to your compost bin. The final compost formed will be rich in calcium
and other minerals. 2. Lime: Agricultural Lime is chemically calcium
Hydroxide. And another variety garden lime called Dolomite
lime is more commonly used and It’s also a good source of magnesium for plants. No doubt, it’s a great source of calcium. The only draw back is it increases your soil
PH level to alkaline levels which is not desirable for most plants. Unless, you have tested your soil PH and if
its found too acidic like below 5.5 levels, you can safely use lime for your plants. This PH meter is quite handy and very inexpensive. You can buy that Online from amazon link in
description. Well, The dosage of Lime should not be more
than 1 teaspoon per litre of water or 1 tablespoon per gallon of water once in a while like once
in 3 months. But still if you want to use this and keep
your soil ph unchanged, you have many options – like adding lot of compost manure to raise
the PH or you can mix about 10 gms of alum powder in 1 liter of water to compensate for
the soil ph level because alum acidifies the soil or alternately add 1 or two teaspoons
of white distilled vinegar into this. 1. Gypsum: Gypsum is one of the best sources
of calcium to plants and the safest option simply because it will not alter the soil
ph levels. Chemically its calcium sulfate dehydrate. Its also called Lime sulfate. Gypsum is also used in clayey soils to remove
soil compaction and improve soil drainage. It drastically reduces the sodium levels or
salinity in the soil, which is very important if you are watering your plants with salty
or hard water. Well, The Dosage for gyspum is 1 teaspoon
per litre of water or 1 tablespoon per gallon of water once in about 3 months. Depending on the container size or the plant
size you can safely increase the dosage if necessary. And Finally, the most inexpensive sources
of calcium for home gardening: The Calcium Hacks using Chalk Pieces, Egg shells and White
Vinegar. The Chalk Sticks Hack: Chalk is chemically Calcium Carbonate. You can take white chalk sticks and bury them
into the soil while planting your veggies. That’s in intital stages. This really works wonders for plants like
Tomatoes, Peppers, squashes, egg plants and almost any vegetable plant. You can bury two chalk sticks per container
for these vegetable plants safely if you soil ph is around 6.0. For other plants to provide slow release calcium
source, you can bury one chalk stick per container. The second hack is The Vinegar Hack. To treat blossom end rot disease or any acute
deficiency of calcium in plants. You can mix lime and vinegar or egg shell
powder + Vinegar to break down the compound and prepare a water soluble form of calcium
that can be quickly absorbed by the roots. Make sure if you use egg shells, sun dry them
for atleast two days or microwave them for few minutes. Its simple! Just take a handful of egg shell powder or
one or two spoons of lime and add same amount of white vinegar to this. You can see a chemical reaction between calcium
carbonate and acetic acid which releases carbondioxide as gas and free calcium into the solution. You can leave this alone for few hours and
then mix with water and water your plants. This is the cheapest source of calcium to
treat acute deficiency. That’s it! Let me know in the comments section if you
have tried any of these sources discussed today and please share these experiments with
your friends and fellow gardeners. Please hit the thumbs up button if you like
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  1. I love your all videos ๐Ÿ’•they are so inspiring and informative ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  2. Ur videos r very informative n perfect , I never them . Can I use apple cider or home made vinegar ( of coconut neera) instead of white vinegar ? My ixora leaves have chlorosis problem, I added N, Fe, mg, etc, but no effect .Kindly suggest

  3. calcium nitrate is much better option thsn sny other . Also improves soil structure a lot . There are lots of studies on it u can read on google

  4. Can we use all that remedies on ficus,money plant,palm trees,cactus,succulent
    Basically on all shady green and decorative plants??

  5. I ground up eggshells boiled them in a big pot of water for a few minutes let it cool and poured it around the plant with blossom end rot and I noticed results in just a couple of days works amazing

  6. Dr Sahib Namaskar ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ regards

    First let me wish 16th being the "Happy Birthday" of your Watsapp group. I am in group too and watching your vedios for the last 2years atleast. I liked your Voice from the day of first watched Vedio.
    Undoubtedly the Vedio is very informative on calcium,but your straight forward Answering is also appreciated ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    My regards ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’•

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