The nitrogen in ammonia makes many people think that it can double as fertilizer and promote plant

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The nitrogen in ammonia makes many people think that it can double as fertilizer and promote plant growth. However, using household ammonia, which is present in many cleansers, can do more harm than good. Learning the ins and outs of this chemical and its effect on plant growth might make you think twice about using it. Ammonia and Plants Ammonia is presents in soil, water and air, and is an important source of nitrogen to plants. Nitrogen promotes plant growth and improves fruits and seed production, resulting in a greater yield. It's also essential to photosynthesis, which is the process where plants convert light energy into chemical energy. The ammonia that's present in many household cleanser is diluted in water and contains…show more content…
It slowed down and stunted the growth of the plants, dried out the soil and eventually killed them. (See References 5) In addition to this, ammonia affects plants in that it discolors and burns their roots. (See References 4) Risk of Ammonia Injury Ammonia is most likely to injure plants if you don't known what you're doing. Using ammonia is especially risky if you're unaware of the pH of the soil and water that you're using, and if you don't know the exact concentration of ammonia that you're applying. Concentrations as low as 3.5 parts per million are toxic to seedlings. (See References 2, p. 25) Also, according to the University of California, applying ammonia too close to the plant and not deep enough can also result in plant injury. (See References 4) You might be better off and more successful when using a commercial fertilizer to promote plant growth. Key Concepts effect household ammonia ammonia plant growth ammonia plant fertilizer homemade ammonia fertilizer References North Carolina Department of Agriculture: Plant Nutrients [http://www.ncagr.gov/cyber/kidswrld/plant/nutrient.htm] The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why; Jeff Gillman [http://books.google.com/books?id=aEHoKAFRN6YC&pg=PA25&dq=household+ammonia+fertilizer&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QS5MU4CoAerMyQGUxIGQBg&ved=0CFwQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=household%20ammonia%20fertilizer&f=false] Iowa State University Extension: Nitrogen fertilizers and Soil pH
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