6 uses of glycerine in the garden

Glycerin or glycerol is a polyalcohol that is present in the composition of oils and fats, both vegetable and animal. Sure that all os will sound the glycerin soap. In addition to the common uses we can also lay hold of the glycerin in our garden. So what are these 6 uses of glycerine in the garden.

1.- Activator of compost.

You can add glycerin to the compost to accelerate the composting process. You have to mix well with the other products that we have taken in the stack. According to the University of Wisconsin, the glycerin in the fair share act in a positive way in the activation of the composting. The glycerin also helps to heat the compost pile to temperatures considerable, thus creating an optimal environment for the growth and metabolism of soil bacteria. Another study from the University of Singapore attributed to the compost activated with glycerin an improvement in the growth of the wheat and an increase in their production.

2.- Improves the growth and production of plants.

The glycerin promotes the rooting of the plants and increases the production of their crops. To facilitate the rooting is used glycerin in a concentration of 10 ml per liter and sprayed on the plant. According to a study from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, the use of glycerol as an organic soil amendment could improve some conditions of the soil.

3.- Stimulating soil micro-organisms.

Glycerin has been used to stimulate the metabolism of the nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the soil. Certain strains of bacteria use glycerol as a carbohydrate source to produce by-products of alcohol, such as ethanol, butanol and propanediol as well as acetic acid. This allows them to replenish their reserves of energy to carry out important anabolic function such as cell division, motility, and growth. To allow the beneficial bacteria in the soil thrive, the glycerin promotes indirectly the health of the plants.

4.- Replacement of the water.

There is not enough evidence to say if this works or not but you can try and experiment. Dilute solutions of glycerin can be used in place of water to moisten and aerate the peat moss. According to a study, the glycerol (in dilution of 0.1 to 10%) can replace the water to moisten the peat moss around the roots before the transplant. Bulbs of narcissus grown on gravel and moistened with a solution of glycerol showed higher growth and flowering.

5.- Stimulating the germination of the seeds.

Soak the seeds in a solution of glycerin diluted helps to counteract the negative effects of salinity on the growth and metabolism, allowing in this way that the seeds germinate with greater force.

6.- Preservative for cut flower.

When we want to preserve a bouquet of flowers in a special, a wedding bouquet for example, we may use a dilution of glycerin. Just dip the flowers in a dilution of water and glycerin. It is the method that gives flowers a more natural look.


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