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Expert Compost Teas Made Easy

Compost Tea

Compost Tea’s work wonders in a garden by feeding the micro-biology “bugs” (Biological Under Ground System), in the soil for fast, healthy plant growth. We have been brewing and applying Compost Tea’s on 500k+ acres of Farm Land since 1974. 5000 Gallon batches at a time, we have a good idea on how to increase the micro-biology in the soil and brew a great Compost Tea.

More micro-biology equals faster root development, which in return will result in faster plant development. After all, a plant cannot grow if the roots cannot sustain the growth. Lets discuss a few easy Compost Tea Recipe’s, we will be covering a Veg/Grow Compost Tea Recipe as well as a Bloom/Flower Compost Tea Recipe.

Compost-TeaThe base of any good Compost Tea is Water. Not just any water though, most people think water is just that, water. Nothing special about it. But understand the process to clean the water we consume daily, is filled with elements and residue’s, both natural and synthetic, such as chlorine, which will not assist in the growth of the “bugs”. To help, simply fill your 5 gallon bucket with water from your hose, and let it sit out, in the sun, for 12-36 hours.

Stir any time you walk by or move the bucket. This will allow the chlorine to dissipate. Leaving behind water that will promote biological acitivity. These “bugs” are the reason your roots grow fast. They breakdown all the organic matter, allowing your roots to identify the leftovers as food, ready to be eaten. Lets get feeding!!

Grow/Veg Compost Tea Recipe:

Per 5 Gallons of Water

  • 1/2 TSP Grow Pack A
  • 1/2 TSP Grow Pack B
  • 1/16 TSP Silica Powder
  • 1/4 TSP Extreme Blend
  • 1/8 TSP Enzyme Powder
  • A “dusting” of Myco + Inoculants (dip your finger in the powder – whatever sticks is a “dusting”)
  • A “dusting” of Yucca Powder

This Brew should be diluted down, up to a 5:1 ratio. Meaning this 5 Gallon Batch will make up to 25 gallons of Compost Tea, depending on how much you would like to dilute.

This Grow recipe is covering many different elements for plant growth, development and production. Grow Pack ensures all of the essentials are there for the Grow/Veg cycle. The Silica will help the plant resist drought. Also allows for increased Heat and Cold tolerance as well as increase Chlorophyll content. Extreme Blend provides Organic Acids, such as Kelp, Humic Acid, Fulvic Acid and Amino Acids. Enzyme Powder will help the micro-biology break down organic matter to allow for new root development. Myco + Inoculants providcs 15 beneficial bacteria strains, which will only promote root growth and development. Monster roots will always lead to monster harvests. Now that we have a Grow/Veg Compost Tea done, lets do a Bloom.

Bloom/Flower Compost Tea Recipe:

Per 5 Gallons of Water

  • 1 TSP Bloom Pack (Can substitute with Mid or Late Bloom)
  • 1/4 TSP MKP – Mono Potassium Phosphate
  • 1/16 TSP Silica Powder
  • 1/8 TSP Extreme Blend
  • 1/16 TSP Enzyme Powder
  • A “dusting” of Myco + Inoculants (dip your finger in the powder – whatever sticks is a “dusting”)
  • A “dusting” of Yucca Powder

This Brew should be diluted down, up to a 5:1 ratio. Meaning this 5 Gallon Batch will make up to 25 gallons of Compost Tea, depending on how much you would like to dilute.

This Bloom recipe is covering many different elements for flower growth, developmentCompost Tea and production. Bloom Pack ensures all of the essentials are there for the Bloom/Flower cycle. The Silica, again, is there to help the plant resist drought and develop Cell Walls so the plant can hold the harvest. MKP will be the Bloom Supplement to really help flower development. Always use Extreme Blend to provide Organic Acids, such as Kelp, Humic Acid, Fulvic Acid and Amino Acids. Enzyme Powder, again, will help the micro-biology break down organic matter to allow for new root development. Myco + Inoculants still providing the 15 beneficial bacteria strains, which will only promote root growth and development. Monster roots will always lead to monster harvests.

During your Compost Tea brews – you will experience some foam – this is a good thing. Let it foam…let if foam

-Mad Scientist

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17 thoughts on “Expert Compost Teas Made Easy

  1. Do you immediately apply the tea mix or do you let it “brew” for a while?

    1. Common brewing times will be around 24-48 hours. Try to use it as soon as possible. If you continue to pump air into the brew and provide food (molasses), you can still get really good results from a tea that has been sitting for a week. Best if used early though.

      1. Thanks for the advice! One last thing… I have your molasses powder, how much should I put in a 5 gal batch of tea?

        1. 1/8th tsp per 5 gal, works great in our experience. Thanks for the response. Happy to answer any other questions.

  2. Can I brew my nutrients as a general feed technique using full strength grow and/or bloom packs using the 1 teaspoon per gallon of RO water? With or/without molasses or other sweetener?
    Thanks, Jim

    1. Great question, and Yes you certainly can. In fact – it will only enhance the Grow and Bloom Packs.

  3. Have a question on your grow/bloom feeding charts… What do the numbers mean? I understand the 1tsp/50 gal obviously but the numbers without measurements, is it in lbs/50gal? Or tsp/gal? Or…?

    1. Great question. All measurements are in TSP Per Gal increments.

  4. Thank you for this timely article. It gave me a clearer picture that I much needed. How frequent should I apply this compost tea to my plants? How do you apply this; root drench or foliar spray?

    1. Both options, whether root drench or foliar spray are beneficial, however, we have found that a foliar spray of compost tea is absorbed easier and responds faster for most plants.

  5. I am confused with the dilution. Can I ad this straight to my reservoir before I feed and if so how many cups per gallon of the non diluted would suffice? Do you also suggest brewing Tricoderma in there too or no because it may harm the mycorrhazie?

    Thanks

    1. Hello, Great questions. This can be diluted up to 5 times, or a 5 to 1 ratio. The amounts and ingredients you added to your tea will ultimately determine your dilution ratio. For example, a very nutrient rich tea will need to be diluted at a 5 to 1 ratio, where as a light tea, with a few nutrients added, I would use at a 1 to 1 ratio. Use a gallon of tea for each gallon of water. Hope that clarified your Compost Tea dilution questions.

  6. Compost tea is really good. Have you ever heard of bokashi? Made in okinawa and is totally awesome, great results, ultra quick composting.

    1. We love Compost Tea. Bokashi is great, a super quick composting technique.

  7. Using k4l grow and bloom packs as well as extreme blend for foliar. I’m currently using botanicare ready Gro coco. My question is can I use k4l compost tea in coco?

    1. Absolutely. Compost tea is great for any root system. Drench that compost tea, they will love you for it.

  8. 500 gallon AACT recipe
    10 gal fish emulsion
    10 lbs Bokashi
    2 lbs myccrozzi
    50 lbs semi (coop composted with Bokashi)fresh chicken manure
    25 lbs alfalfa pellets
    12 cups soluble seaweed
    2 cups humic fulvic blend
    4 cups molasses powder
    brew this up for huge results in the veg stage For your bloom tea start soaking your high phos guano and colloidal phosphate for use in your bloom tea ..

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