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Worm Humus

This is a discussion on Worm Humus within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I've been reading about worm tea. I am convinced that it is a great way ...

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    I've been reading about worm tea. I am convinced that it is a great way to fertilize. However, I live in Brazil and am not able o purchase the already made stuff. I bought a bag of worm humus. Any ideas on how to prepare the tea from the humus? Is it possible to prepare from humus? Am I way off track here? Any help would be appreciated, Take Care, Eddy

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    I make manure tea for some of my chids. I put some horse manure in an old pillow case and tie it closed. I then sit this in a 5 gallon bucket of water and let it sit. I use it to water my high light plants like my Cyms. I imagine that you can do the same with worm castings. What I would be concerned about is not knowing how strong your solution is. Some plants may be sensitive to too strong fertilizer.

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    Just saw this recipe online, hope it helps!

    Worm Tea Recipe

    8-10 cups Earthworm Castings

    ¼ cup sulfur free molasses

    4+ gallons Chlorine free water

    Tea Brewer components:

    Min. 5 gallon plastic pail

    Air pump with air stone or some other air dispersal device.

    Sieve (a paint filter will do)

    First, ensure that all components are clean and there are no buildups or areas of your brewer that will prevent the circulation of air and water.

    In a 5 gallon pail, fill with 4 gallons or so of warm water with the molasses, seaweed, and fish powder. Place the airstone or other bubbler at the bottom of the pail and turn it on. For best results, open brew by placing the Earthworm Castings directly into the water. (You can strain the castings later if you are going to use a sprayer for worm tea application.) Alternatively, place the Earthworm Castings into the filter and place into the pail over the bubbler.

    Brew until a noticeable frothy slime (“bio-slime”) develops on the surface of the water and the smell of the ingredients is no longer present. The absence of noticeable molasses odor indicates that the microorganisms have consumed the ingredients! Once the food is gone, populations will begin to decrease. On these warm summer days, you can begin a brew in the evening, and the will be ready for application the next morning. We find brewing is complete in as little as 12 hours if the brew is kept warm. However, brew times are heavily dependent on the water temperature. With every 10 degree F drop in temperature, brew times increase by 12 hours.
    Be sure to keep the tea aerobic by leaving the bubbler on until you use the tea.
    While brewing, the population of beneficial microorganisms are doubling in as little as 20 minutes. By the end of the brew, your solution can contain over one billion little critters per teaspoon of tea!
    Apply the tea when the populations of microorganisms are at their largest numbers. Spray the tea onto foliage, stems, roots and surrounding soil, or simply pour it onto you plants and vegetation. Spray early morning or in the evening or in the shade, not in the sunshine.
    Last edited by Lambert; June 4th, 2008 at 12:39 PM.

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