Why Rice Water and Plants belong in the same conversation …

As we continue to move with integrity and intention, we discover tips and tricks along the way. For those looking for a new plant tip, you are in the right place. 

Plants when given fertilizer, use the added minerals to help prevent and fight off bad bacteria making luxuriant plants. Fertilizers come in all types of formulas and recipes such as inorganic or NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium), powders, and organic liquids. 

Rice Water is a formulated organic liquid fertilizer that offers the plant both hydration and added nutrients in the same standing. 

With rice water being a mild fertilizer, it can be used consistently without the harshness that comes with over fertilizing when using powders and NPKs.² 

The Benefits of rice water

  • Easy to make 
  • Ingredients are extremely accessible
  • Has minimal to no synthetic origin minerals *The rice brand is the determining factor 
  • Encourages good bacteria growth in the roots at a faster rate
  • Promotes long term health of the soil

Rice to a meal is either accompanying the main or a side that is called a starch. Well starch is more than just a type of side to a dish, it’s a mineral in rice that gives it the opaque (off white) color that comes off when soaked in water. Starch encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the roots of plants.¹  Other traces of minerals found in rice  water that are beneficial to plants include nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

How to make rice water/ plant fertilizer

This recipe is for one to three plants. For more plants, double or triple the recipe to meet your plant amount. 

Ingredients:

  • ½ or 1 Cup of rice 
  • 1 ¼ or 2 ¼  Cups of water
  • 1tsp of Salt *optional

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients into a deep bowl and let them soak for 20 to 30 minutes. After done soaking, separate the rice and water by straining the water into a container  using a type of colander. The leftover rice can be boiled for a meal or stored for later use. 

Pour the water into the plant’s pot when it’s watering time. 

(1: (Hunker.com) – “Rice contains starch, which gives the rice water its opaque, white color. These starches are beneficial to plants, encouraging healthy bacteria that grow in the roots.” 2: (Bbaliadvertiser.biz) – “Rice water is a mild fertilizer and consistent use could take the worry out of over fertilizing.)