Everything you’ll need to make a seed sprout tea
Drain and rinse the seeds in clean water after soaking for at least 8 hours and put them back into the jar. They should be wet enough so that the seeds will adhere to the sides of the jar, but not sitting in water. Cover the jar mouth with cheesecloth and fix with a rubber band. This gives ventilation while stopping any insects, or dust falling in. Placing the jar on its side allows for a greater surface area of the seeds to be in contact with the air.
If whole barley grains are difficult to find then malted barley is a good substitute. Because the grain has already been sprouted as part of the malting process, this is a much faster method and will only need to be steeped, or “bubbled” in water for a few hours to make a natural enzyme tea, although freshly-sprouted seeds will always be more effective. To use malted barley add 2 tablespoons per gallon of water. Apply this or Barley SST once a week during vegetative growth and then give a top-up application roughly halfway through the flowering period.
Lentils (Lens culinaris or Lens esculenta) and other legumes
Dilute the resulting liquid in 10 litres water before using it to irrigate your plants. In the case of alfalfa SST, which is much more potent, use 20 litres to dilute or, alternatively, start with half the quantity of seeds.
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These are the most commonly used seeds for making SSTs, but it doesn’t mean that other types of seed won’t work equally worth experimenting with. For example, an SST using sprouted hemp seeds ought to be an excellent growth booster for cannabis plants, while sunflower seeds are well known to be high in phytohormones, and many others such as rice, fenugreek, pumpkin have been recommended as well.
While alfalfa is, in fact, a legume, here we’re talking about other legumes, not only lentils but also larger seeds such as peas, beans or chickpeas. The sprouts of these seeds contain high concentrations of auxins, producing an SST that makes a great rooting stimulant as well as working to boost growth in general. Lentils are a great choice because, due to their relatively small size, they will germinate faster than the larger legumes.
Here is a lower canopy look of what’s getting fed today. Some ayahuasca purples & blueberry cbd in the foreground & Delhi Friends in the background.
We are two weeks into flower here, so now they are pretty close to their finishing height. I just put the second layer of trellis on today, I had some tops taller than my tall ass so they had to lay down & chilllllll ?
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& a perspective shot of my two beds in flower. These are the most full canopies I’ve had inside, I’m excited!
This first picture is sprouted seeds being dropped into my blender. I soak one ounce of organic alfalfa seeds for a day, then spread them out on this sprouting tray I picked up. Takes a couple days for them to sprout.
A quick 30 second blend & then I add that into about 4 gallons of warm bubbled (69F ish) water for an hourish before feeding.
Today I’m giving my dirt life & virgin girls a lovely alfalfa seed sprout tea. Alfalfa seed sprouts have a lot of beneficial growth enzymes that benefit soil life greatly, such as triacontanol.
7. While your new natural fertilizer is fermenting, open the container at least once daily to get the gases to escape. Probiotics produce a lot of gas.
The seeds in the list below are normally recommended for seed sprout enzyme tea because they provide a lot of the above nutrients.
Tip: Try to use organic seeds to ensure there are no synthetic contaminants.
How to Make & Use Seed Sprout Tea Alternative Fertilizer
Nutrients from seed sprout tea include vitamins, minerals, phytohormones, enzymes, antioxidants, and amino acids, and they are highly abundant.
3 Add sugar or molasses to your sprouts. How much? If your sprouts weigh 90g (3.2oz), for example, add somewhere between 30g (1oz) and 45g (1.6oz) of sugar to your sprouts. That’s about 1/3 to ½ of the weight of the sprouts. If you use molasses, which is measured by volume, change grams to milliliters. This means you can add 30mL to 45mL of molasses.
Seeds for making seed sprout tea:
1 Follow steps 1-7 in the previous recipe.