Have you ever seen someone pound nails into a lemon? At first glance this may seem surprising, but for many reasons it is a technique that has been used for a long time. Today, dear readers, we will explore together why and how this practice can be useful to you.

Pounding nails in a lemon: the trick that will save your houseplants

Whether for the skin, for cleaning or for cooking, lemon has proven itself many times. But did you know, dear readers, that it is also excellent as a fertilizer for your houseplants? What if we told you that you only need to add a few nails to ensure its effectiveness? To pique your curiosity, we decided to share with you our simple trick on how to breathe new life into your beautiful plants with this lemon and nail combination. It’s quite simple, just follow these steps:

  • First, take a lemon and roll it on a hard surface.
  • Next, get some nails and simply stick them into your citrus.
  • Let them sit in a dry place for 12 hours. (At this point, the nails will release their iron oxide, which will naturally transfer into the citrus).
  • Time is up? Now remove the nails and squeeze the lemon juice.
  • All you have to do is add the juice obtained to a quart of water.
  • Mix everything well, pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray the liquid on your houseplants (especially those that prefer acidic soil).

This iron oxide water is beneficial for plants that lack iron and do not grow in acidic soil. This water provides them with the sufficient amount of these minerals that they lack. No more yellow leaves due to iron deficiency, among other things.

And here we go! It is a very simple and effective way to rebalance the pH of your plants and give them new life. We can imagine your famous question: What are the benefits of lemon for plants? Read on to understand!

What are the benefits of lemon juice for houseplants?

Lemon juice offers countless plant benefits, including:

  • Balance the pH of the soil: In fact, lemon juice is acidic and therefore helps to lower the pH of the soil, especially if the soil is too alkaline.
  • Provide nutrients: Lemon juice is packed with nutrients like vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals like calcium and potassium that are beneficial to plants.
  • Repel insects: Yes, lemon juice is actually considered a natural insecticide. Therefore, it is often used to repel harmful insects in the garden.
  • Eliminate bad odors: the deodorizing properties of lemon juice not only eliminate stubborn odors in the home, but also in the garden (vegetable garden, pond, animal urine, etc.).
  • Promote flowering: the citric acid in lemon juice can stimulate flowering and prevent root rot in some plants, including orchid.

Our lemon nail combination is not limited to this one and only application, think again! It can be used for other purposes, and this trick will (literally and figuratively) shed some light on you.

How do you build a battery and start a fire with a lemon?

Did you know that you can start a bonfire with a simple lemon? However, it is completely TRUE! Do not underestimate this small citrus fruit! In fact, you can make a battery out of it, and it has enough energy to start a fire. We will show you how to do it safely!

  • First, rub the fruit between your hands to soften it a bit (this is necessary to make it easier to insert the nails).
  • Then plant the nails about 0.5 inch apart.
  • Then hammer zinc thumbtacks, forming a row parallel to the first nails.
  • It is ready? Now connect with a piece of wire the first thumbtack to the second nail, then the second thumbtack to the third nail and so on.
  • Finally, connect a piece of insulated electric wire to the first nail and do the same with the last thumbtack at the other end. For clarity, the copper nail (top line, far right) corresponds to the negative terminal and the thumbtack (bottom line, far left) corresponds to the positive terminal.

Your little lemon is now capable of producing about 0.9 volts of electricity, enough energy to start a fire. To test if the trick works, all you have to do is place steel wool on a dry surface and add a dry fuel, such as toilet paper. Then all you have to do is touch the steel wool with both poles (positive and negative) to start your fire, and you’re done!