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Dilution Rate

First a tip:  If at all possible, use non-chlorinated water.  Compost tea is alive with microorganisms.  Chlorine is added to water with the intent to kill microorganisms.  If chlorinated tap water is all that you have available, try to use the solution as quickly as possible.  The longer the tea is in a container with tap water it will make the benefits less effective. Indoor Plants: The instruction on the bottle (at 1 tablespoon per quart of water) is a very conservative/economical dilution rate that is safe for all plants, primarily potted indoor plants (even the most sensitive ones).  This dilution is also safe to be used in regular watering intervals.  The amount of tea-to-water may be increased depending on the application. For indoor potted plants that are sensitive to watering and nutrition like Indoor Azalea, Peace Lilies, and some varieties of Orchids, we recommend not to deviate from the instruction on the bottle.  For more hardy indoor plants, like Philodendron, Ivies, Cast Iron Plant and more, given regular watering use, the dilution can increased up to around 1:4 (tea:water) give or take.  For these sorts of hardy plants measuring the dilution rate carefully isn’t even necessary.  Just eyeball it. Dilution can be altered everywhere between. Outdoor Potted Plants: Outdoor potted plants are generally watered more often.  In fact, in warmer weather they may need water everyday or even a couple times a day.  We recommend NOT adding compost tea on every watering but more like once or twice a week to ten days. The dilution rate can be altered similar to as defined for indoor potted plants, depending on the plant sensitivity.  Though, typically outdoor potted plants are more hardy as a rule of thumb. Gardens and Flower Beds: For plants that grow directly in the ground, the dilution rate is even less stringent. It can safely go all the way up to 1:1(tea:water), even if adding everyday.  However, that is not necessary and would be rather costly.  We recommend using something more like 1:4, once or twice every week to ten days. Lawns: Grasses generally will not benefit much from the trace nutrients in compost tea unless a very large amount is used, but they may certainly benefit from the microbes and bacteria as disease protection sprayed directly on the foliage. Given the large volume we recommend a dilution rate of 4oz per gallon of water.  You don't really need to water the soil for this benefit, just give the leaves a good soaking. Do this separately than regular watering, and at a time that allows the longest period to the next watering or rain Trees and Shrubs: Trees and shrubs are similar to gardens and flower beds.  It is safe to use at pretty much whatever concentration you want.  Our recommendation is 1:4 maybe a few times a year.  If it’s a new planting, we suggest increased frequency up to the couple times a week as prescribed for gardens.

Foliage Sprayer

Disease Protection: Compost tea provides a bio-film of good biology for plants.  It is best to use with no dilution.  If you desire to dilute, use non-chlorinated water only and maximum ratio is around 1:1.   Gardenersbud regular Super Compost Tea has a considerable amount of solid particles in the bottle. If you want to use this product you will need to pour it through a cheese cloth or piece of fabric.  Otherwise, the sprayer will get clogged.  We have “Sprayer Ready” Compost Tea available.  This product has been pre-filtered for your convenience.
©  Gardenersbud.com  All rights reserved and Copyrighted 2016
Gardeners b ud

Dilution Rate

First a tip:  If at all possible, use non-chlorinated water.  Compost tea is alive with microorganisms.  Chlorine is added to water with the intent to kill microorganisms.  If chlorinated tap water is all that you have available, try to use the solution as quickly as possible.  The longer the tea is in a container with tap water it will make the benefits less effective. Indoor Plants: The instruction on the bottle (at 1 tablespoon per quart of water) is a very conservative/economical dilution rate that is safe for all plants, primarily potted indoor plants (even the most sensitive ones).  This dilution is also safe to be used in regular watering intervals.  The amount of tea-to-water may be increased depending on the application. For indoor potted plants that are sensitive to watering and nutrition like Indoor Azalea, Peace Lilies, and some varieties of Orchids, we recommend not to deviate from the instruction on the bottle.  For more hardy indoor plants, like Philodendron, Ivies, Cast Iron Plant and more, given regular watering use, the dilution can increased up to around 1:4 (tea:water) give or take.  For these sorts of hardy plants measuring the dilution rate carefully isn’t even necessary.  Just eyeball it. Dilution can be altered everywhere between. Outdoor Potted Plants: Outdoor potted plants are generally watered more often.  In fact, in warmer weather they may need water everyday or even a couple times a day.  We recommend NOT adding compost tea on every watering but more like once or twice a week to ten days. The dilution rate can be altered similar to as defined for indoor potted plants, depending on the plant sensitivity.  Though, typically outdoor potted plants are more hardy as a rule of thumb. Gardens and Flower Beds: For plants that grow directly in the ground, the dilution rate is even less stringent. It can safely go all the way up to 1:1(tea:water), even if adding everyday.  However, that is not necessary and would be rather costly.  We recommend using something more like 1:4, once or twice every week to ten days. Lawns: Grasses generally will not benefit much from the trace nutrients in compost tea unless a very large amount is used, but they may certainly benefit from the microbes and bacteria as disease protection sprayed directly on the foliage. Given the large volume we recommend a dilution rate of 4oz per gallon of water.  You don't really need to water the soil for this benefit, just give the leaves a good soaking. Do this separately than regular watering, and at a time that allows the longest period to the next watering or rain Trees and Shrubs: Trees and shrubs are similar to gardens and flower beds.  It is safe to use at pretty much whatever concentration you want.  Our recommendation is 1:4 maybe a few times a year.  If it’s a new planting, we suggest increased frequency up to the couple times a week as prescribed for gardens.

Foliage Sprayer

Disease Protection: Compost tea provides a bio-film of good biology for plants.  It is best to use with no dilution.  If you desire to dilute, use non-chlorinated water only and maximum ratio is around 1:1.   Gardenersbud regular Super Compost Tea has a considerable amount of solid particles in the bottle. If you want to use this product you will need to pour it through a cheese cloth or piece of fabric.  Otherwise, the sprayer will get clogged.  We have “Sprayer Ready” Compost Tea available.  This product has been pre-filtered for your convenience.