Q:

What is the chemical composition of banana peels?

A:

Quick Answer

Banana peels are chemically composed of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, manganese, sodium, magnesium and sulfur. Potassium is by far the most common element, composing as much as 42 percent of dried banana peels.

 Know More

Full Answer

Potassium is useful in the growth and development of plants. Plants need potassium to promote nutrient flow among cells, as well as to strengthen stems and protect the plant from disease.

The phosphorus content in banana peels is used by plants to promote flowering and fruiting. Phosphorus also helps improve the durability of plants during winter.

Magnesium and sulfur are needed by plants to form chlorophyll, which is needed for photosynthesis.

For these reasons, dried banana peels are often placed around plants in order to absorb these elements.

Learn more about Chemistry

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Is lemon water good for you?

    A:

    Lemon water contains antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties; vitamins A and C; and mineral nutrients -- potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron, notes Food Matters. The properties make lemon good for health, as it bolsters immunity, cures cold, fights pain and inflammation, nourishes the brain and skin, enhances bowel movements and waste removal, balances body pH, cleanses the liver, and aids in weight loss, states Huffington Post.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What are some examples of metallic elements?

    A:

    Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and chromium are some examples of metallic elements. More than 90 of the 118 known elements are considered metals.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What minerals are found in tap water?

    A:

    Minerals found in tap water include calcium, sodium and magnesium. Selenium, potassium and silica may also be found in some tap water, depending on location. The amounts of these minerals in drinking water have ramifications for health and the proper working of plumbing systems and appliances.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the most active metals?

    A:

    The most active metals in the activity series are lithium, sodium, rubidium, potassium, cesium, calcium, strontium and barium. These elements belong to groups IA and IIA of the periodic table of elements.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore