I checked an odd individual into the hotel once where I used to work and he went on and on (unprovoked) about how he gets his houseplants to grow and bloom so well by peeing on them. Come again? Yes, he pees on his houseplants to get them to grow, and while this may seem odd, apparently there is truth to this odd method of fertilization. Really, there is, I looked it up. Here is what I found out about giving your houseplants a “golden shower”.
At urbangardener.com Mike Lieberman states that, 3 months after he began urinating on his tomato plants, “It’s hard to say, but the plant is still fruiting and blossoming. So they didn’t necessarily grow larger, but it could’ve helped to extend their lives.” He left this blog on his website on Dec 11, 2009. If a tomato plant is still producing tomatoes in winter, the urine watering must work.
ChaCha states that urine provides excellent nitrogen for plants to enable them to grow, but it must be diluted prior to watering. So I suppose you have to drink a lot of water before you urinate on the plants so as to not potentially harm them.
If you don’t believe this theory, consider this- why is the grass so much longer, greener, and thicker everywhere your dog pees consistently in your yard? It’s the urine. And, when your dog has a UTI or bladder infection, making the urine too concentrated, those same grassy areas begin to die. Hmm…
Everywhere I read about peeing on plants and people who have tried it say the same thing: it’s the nitrogen in the urine that makes the plants grow better, stronger, and last longer. While this isn’t an idea I’m going to start utilizing on my own plants (sorry, Christmas Cactus), it is a little food for thought. Who knew urine could be so beneficial?