Are Eggshells Good For Fig Trees?
This article will go over the pros and cons of adding eggshells to your fig tree. You can skip it if you want to keep just reading through other articles on this blog. If not, read on to see what we’ve found!
You may be wondering why anyone would add eggshells to a fig tree in the first place. Egg shells contain calcium carbonate (the main component in all types of cement), which is often lacking in soils. This could be a big boon to a fig tree because calcium carbonate helps create a perfect environment for roots. It has also been used to fight fungal infections in citrus trees, so it may also do the same for fig trees.
Let’s look at the pros of egg shells in more detail. First of all, eggshells are recycling at its best! They are completely biodegradable and can be added to your own garden without any sort of harmful effects on the environment or on humans who may come into contact with them. Also, eggshells don’t just provide calcium carbonate; they’re relatively rich in phosphorus, magnesium, silicon and sodium all of which can help your fig tree grow better.
Unfortunately, if you have a tree in your yard, it’s going to be very difficult for you to incorporate eggshells into the soil. They’re just too small and would get washed away in the rain. In addition, it’s hard to be sure that they would stay where you added them since chickens love to scratch around in the dirt and might just ingest them. If they do stay where you want them, they’re going to take a long time before they begin doing any good for your tree. It can take a full year for eggshells to decompose completely.
The final pro/con is that eggshells are easy to get. If you have a chicken or access to cheap eggs, you can get them very easily. Just be sure not to add too many fresh ones to your garden until they’re completely dried out.
And now for the cons. Like I mentioned before, it will be extremely difficult for you to use eggshells in your own yard since they are so small. You will probably have better results if you ask friends or neighbors who have chickens if they would be willing to let you collect their shells when they clean their coop.