Watered Plants With Milk


Will Plants Grow Better if Watered With Milk
Because Milk Contains Vitamins & Calcium

Low-fat milk is a good supplement to your plants' watering routine.

Milk is a nutritious and vital ingredient in a healthy diet. When taken in moderation, milk benefits the human body by helping to build strong bones and teeth. In addition to calcium and protein, milk naturally contains small amounts of vitamins A, B12 and C as well as iron. As with humans, milk is beneficial to plants in moderation: too much can compromise plant health.


  1. Fat Free or Low-Fat Milk

    • When giving your plants milk, always use either low-fat or non-fat milk. Whole, unpasteurized or raw milk contains natural sugars and fats. If you give your plants these heavier milks, the natural sugars and fats in them will create a crust on the outer layer of soil, inhibiting growth. Too much of this crusty layer will kill your plant.

    Use in Moderation

    • Use milk as a supplement to watering once a week. If you water your plants with milk exclusively, the solids in the milk will build up and suffocate your plant. The extra calcium your plants receive with a weekly milk bath helps to boost growth and increase yield if your plants bear fruits or vegetables. The calcium in the milk helps to build the plants' cell walls. This is essential in the transportation of nutrients and it also serves to help stabilize the pH levels in the soil.

    Anti-Fungal Benefits

    • Milk has an extra benefit to plants aside from its nutrients: It acts as an anti-fungal. Milk naturally contains enzymes and fungicides that prohibit the growth of bacteria and fungus. Tomatoes respond especially well to it. To use in this manner, dilute low-fat or non-fat milk in a spray bottle with regular water. Use a 50:50 mixture. Spray on the plants' leaves every four to five days. Doing so helps reduce the occurrence of fungus and mildew, which is a problem in humid environments.

    Germinating Seeds

    • Using milk to germinate seeds appears to not work. Two students conducted a study in which they attempted to germinate two groups of seeds: one was watered exclusively with milk and the other watered with tap water only. The seeds given milk failed to germinate, while the ones given water sprouted within a matter of days. While this experiment was a school project and not a highly technical study, it does illustrate the point that milk should only be used as a supplement to plain water.



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