Alcohol in Garden – The Effects of Drinking and Rubbing Alcohol on Plants

This topic explains you the top benefits of alcohol usage in garden and on plants – Alcohol in Garden – The Effects of Drinking and Rubbing Alcohol on Plants.

Today we will look into a Weird but an interesting topic – Alcohol in Gardening.  The Benefits of alcohol and the effects of Alcohol on plants. I shall Talk on both Ethanol  (Drinking alcohol like beer, wine, vodka) and also on Isopropyl alcohol – also called as Rubbing Alcohol which is usually used as a  bathroom disinfectant.

This topic is also for those who have a habit or dumping or throwing their left over drink on garden plants. So First we will list out the Top 5 uses of alcohol in garden and plants.

  1. As a Pesticide: Rubbing alcohol can be an effective pesticide for use against Aphids, mealybugs, spider mites and whiteflies. Please note that rubbing alcohol if applied without dilution can burn the plants. For this you need to make a spray solution of 1:10 dilution in water. First do a patch test on a leaf and then spray on the plant. Leave it for 4 to 5 hours and then rinse the plant with water. Repeat after a week if necessary.
  2. Weed Killer: Whether it is drinking alcohol or rubbing alcohol, both work as weed killers and the action is faster with higher concentrations like Vodka in case of drinking alcohol and rubbing alcohol when undiluted.
  3. Disinfect your Cutting Tools : Rubbing Alcohol can be used to Disinfect your Cutting Tool or pruner in growing plants from cuttings. Hydrogen Peroxide is an alternative.  You can also disinfect other garden tools, germination trays and pots with rubbing alcohol.
  4. To Trap or kill slugs and snails in Garden. You can use Beer to make a trap under the soil and slugs and snails are attracted to it and fall in the trap of beer.
  5. Other insects like fruit flies, cockroaches, etc are also attracted to fermented beverages like beer and wines and hence these insects can also be trapped. Just keep a beer can partially open and insects attracted, fly in and drown into it.

So there we have it folks, that was our episode on the possible uses and effect of alcohol in gardening.  This is actually a weird topic and I thought will share this info with you, just for the sake of some general knowledge.

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