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Alternative Bonsai Fertilizer: Rice Water
Last Updated: 03/11/2011
It is important to fertilize your bonsai tree properly for greener growth. However, when specific bonsai fertilizer is unavailable or you have run out, there is still a way to fertilize your bonsai.

Rice water, or the water you use to rinse your rice before cooking, contains beneficial nutrients that are washed away from the rice grains.  These nutrients when added to the topsoil of a bonsai tree can act as a temporary alternative to bonsai fertilizer. It is still recommended that proper fertilizer be used to give the tree all its necessary nutrients.

So next time you’re cooking a pot of rice, save the water rather than flush it down the drain. Not only do you conserve water but you end up with a nice fertilizer for your bonsai trees.

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