Boa dica: samambaias precisam de cálcio – Good tip: ferns need calcium

Quem disse foi a Carol Costa, numa coluna na rádio Bandeirantes, naquele dia sobre tomates. Tomates e todas as samambaias (inclusive o chifre de veado) precisam de cálcio, que se pode dar a eles espalhando cascas de ovo moídas sobre a sua terra.

As cascas de ovo aqui em casa já iam pra terra dos canteiros, mas nunca tinha me ocorrido pôr nas samambaias. Depois de ouvir a moça, fiz a experiência e, cara, funciona muito! Faz uns dez dias que fiz a primeira aplicação e todas as nossas samambaias estão mais saudáveis, com várias folhas novas.

Detalhe: acho bom tirar aquela película, que atrair mosquitinhos. Se você quiser tirar também e não for fazê-lo imediatamente, é preciso deixar as cascas n’água.

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The tip came from Carol Costa, who has a podcast at Radio Bandeirantes, that day focusing on tomatoes. They and all ferns (the staghorn included) need calcium, which you can give them by spreading powdered egg shells on their earth or support.

Eggshells never went to waste here, but I’d never thought of putting them on ferns. After I heard the lady, I tried it, and wow, it really works! It’s been about ten days since, and all our ferns look healthier, and have several new leaves.

Just a detail: I think it’s a good idea to remove the skin from the shell’s interior, because it can attract flies. If you’re planning on delaying the removal, the shells should be kept in water.

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