Alum Uses In Gardens: Aluminum Soil Amendment Tips. It’s also called Fitaktri or fitkari or phitkari.
Alum or Potash Alum chemically called Potassium Aluminum Sulfate is a chemical compound commonly used in water purification, leather tanning, dyeing, etc.
Alum is available in powder form and also in crystal form and is easily available at any grocery store or supermarkets and even in some garden stores. But How is it useful in gardening and what are the benefits of Alum in garden or on plants?
To start with the uses of Alum in garden, you must know that Alum is not a fertilizer.
Its First and Main Use in garden is to improve soil pH that is Soil Amendment Purpose.
For beginners, A pH level of 7.0 is neutral and soil with a pH below 7.0 is acidic, while soil with a pH above 7.0 is alkaline.
People living in Dry climates often have alkaline soil, while climates with higher rainfall typically have acidic soil. Soil pH is very important in the gardening, because unbalanced soil makes it more difficult for plants to absorb nutrients in the soil.
Most plants do well with soil pH between 6.0 and 7.2 – either slightly acidic or slightly alkaline.
However, some plants, including hydrangeas, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, and even our hibiscus love acidic soil. This is where the role of alum comes in – which can be used to lower soil pH, thus making the soil suitable for acid-loving plants.
If you want to test your soil using a gadget called Soil PH Tester, you can purchase it online – the link is given in description.
Other Alternative to Alum what is use is Diluted Vinegar (Acetic Acid), but it’s a liquid and you need to add frequently like once a week or so to maintain PH. But mixing alum powder in soil keeps the soil acidic for a longer time.
The other use of Alum is it can used in Water plants to settle down dirty water and prevent formation of larvae within water and it is infact a larvicide. It also makes the water look crystal clear and also controls mosquito growth by killing them at the larval stage in water.
Then, it is also believed to keep slugs and snails away and also certain other insects like cockroaches.
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