Aspirin contains an acid known as salicylic which is not only good for your health but also for your plants back in the garden.
Usually, plants produce salicylic acid to aid their healing especially in situations where they’re threatened by diseases and they even go a step further to produce salicylic gas as a signal to other plants about the presence of harmful insects.
Therefore, if a farmer sprays or rather waters their crops with aspirin painkillers, it shall boost the plants’ immune system as well as triggering their own defense against bacteria, fungi and viruses, research says.
According to a US department of Agriculture study, using the aspirin spray that could even be homemade reduces blight by 47%. This only further proves the impact of aspirin on plants especially in boosting their immunity.
Salicylic acid is a compound that occurs naturally in plants especially when it is stressed out or at times when it is attacked by pathogen, the above mentioned compound is meant to stimulate the plants’ defense system.
To treat a plant with additional salicylic acid usually has the same impact on the plants’ defence system as would in a situation when the plants are stressed out.
Studies also show that aspirin is particularly know for it’s efficiency in fighting blight, a fungal disease capable of destroying the entire crop in just days. While at it, any kind of aspirin may work although scientists specifically recommend uncoated tablets due to their chances of dissolving faster in water.
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It is advisable that a farmer should use 250 to 500 milligrams of aspirin that is almost the equivalent of one or two regular aspirin tablets. These are meant to be dissolved in 4 and a half liters of water.
After making your aspirin spray, it would be best to spray your plants two to three times a month for best results.