BOTANICAL TEAS IN THE GARDEN

January 17, 2017 4:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Botanical Teas are an excellent way to provide nutrients back into the soil as well as providing a rich source of growth hormones for the plant.  Though both provide nutrients, I generally teach that Kelp teas provide an abundance of micronutrients and alfalfa teas are great for flower production.  Generally, kelp tea is great for micronutrients and alfalfa tea is a great hormone booster through use of its compound triacontanol.  If alfalfa is difficult to acquire, flax or canola seed can be used as a substitution.

Here are a few examples below.  I prefer to use the Alfalfa & Kelp almost exclusively, although the other teas allow better control for different fruits, strains and genetics.

Alfalfa & Kelp Meal Tea

Apply at a rate of 1x per week through week four of fruiting/flowering.
5 Gallons of Water
1.5 Cups Alfalfa Meal
1/4 Cup Kelp Meal
Aerate with air stone for 24 hours.  Do not exceed 36 hours.

Alfalfa Tea

Apply at a rate of 1x per week through week four of fruiting/flowering.
5 Gallons of Water
1 Cup Alfalfa Meal
Aerate with air stone or stir for 24 hours or until amber brown.  Do not exceed 36 hours.

Botanical Enzyme Tea

Apply at a rate of 2x per week through all phases of growth.
1oz Barley Seed per gallon of water; grind seeds to powder.
2 TSP Kelp
Aerate for 6-24 hours.  Strain, drain, dilute to 5 gallons water.
Add 1/2 oz Ful-Power and 1/2 Cup aloe juice.
Drench soil.

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