Tired of watching your garden wilt away? Wish your plants would bloom back into life? If your garden needs a push in the right direction, give it a drink. Instead of using just water, pour some Coca-Cola into your perennials.
After spending many long and hard spring days planting my garden, I expected to see beautiful bouquets of brightly colored flowers in my front yard a few months later. I watered them regularly and even invested in some good fertilizer, not the cheap stuff by the way. Instead of lush foliage, however, I was growing blooms that were small, wilting, and sickly.
After buying some more garden rejuvenation products and failing to bring life back to my dying plants, I decided that gardening just wasn’t for me. Everything I tried failed miserably. Good thing I didn’t attempt planting any vegetables because the FDA would have had to be called! I just thought of it as a lesson learned and went on with my summer.
I am a regular Coca-Cola drinker. I like to sit on my front porch with a few ice cold cans and enjoy the day watching my little girl play in the front yard. If I happen to set a can of Coca-Cola down too long, it gets too hot to enjoy and so I dump the contents over my front of the porch and, consequentially, into my little garden.
One afternoon, after completely giving up on my dying garden, I was shocked to find that my plants were coming back to life. A few days later, my garden was more of a small jungle than anything else. I couldn’t figure out why this was happening, especially since I hadn’t done any maintenance to my plants in weeks. The fact that the Coca-Cola might be the cause for my garden’s resurrection didn’t occur to me until I caught myself pouring my leftover Coca-Cola into my garden.
I did some research on the matter and found that it’s not the Coca-Cola itself that causes plants to grow better, but the caffeine in the Coca-Cola. Caffeine helps aid the plant with cytokinesis, or plant cell reproduction. I am sure that you know how caffeine affects your energy levels, so imagine how this energy burst affects your garden!
I also discovered that the sugar in Coca-Cola is bad for your plants because it causes an osmotic effect. Osmotic pressure refers to the plant’s ability to hold water so that it can stand upright. I don’t see how this would be bad for your plants, but according to botanist David Hershey it is best to use diet sodas to avoid damaging your plants. I have personally been using original Coca-Cola in my garden, which are full of sugar, and have had great results.
I don’t have a certain amount of Coca-Cola that I put into my garden, nor do I have a particular set schedule. I just dump any leftover Coca-Cola into my greenery and let the caffeine do it’s own thing. So if your tired of watching your garden die instead of watching your garden grow, quench your thirst and your garden’s thirst. Just make sure that it’s “Always Coca-Cola”.