Use Ammonia to Power Grow Plants like Grandma

My grandmother had told me that back in the day, they never had Miracle Gro or any other type of fast growing fertilizer. She always had the most amazing flowers.


She had taken a empty gallon container (plastic/milk container), covered the bottom with ammonia, then filled the rest with water. Then she shook it and watered her plants.

Last year, I had tried this on my dying geraniums. Within 2 days, they perked up. Then produced buds everlasting until October. I live in Michigan and they went through frost!

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June 10, 20141 found this helpful

When you say, "covered the bottom", how much is that? I'd like to give this a try, but I'd like a little more info.

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March 10, 20181 found this helpful

I've done this for years and it means just that - cover the bottom...not an inch deep or any measurable amount - just cover the bottom.

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October 28, 20140 found this helpful

Can this be used on vegetable or just flowers, because I only have a vegetable garden?

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June 2, 20201 found this helpful

I use ammonia, too. Grandma was right because they always are. There's a DIY that I use and it is super inexpensive. Am I allowed to say the brand name? Let's say it rhymes with Shmiracle Shmgrow. Anyway, into a cleaned out plastic milk gallon jug add:

1 gallon of water
1 tbsp epsom salt
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp of household ammonia
Shake up and use for flowers, vegetables, and houseplants.

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March 8, 20211 found this helpful

I have a well loved geranium plant for several years..they quit blooming for a while...I had some silk geraniums around here & stuck them in the same pots,,,surprise...the real plant started blooming and had been beautiful every year since...

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March 8, 20210 found this helpful

This is like a great idea and assuming you mean water the soil plant correct?

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