Pre-Made ready to mix tea recommendation

Good Morning,

Looking for recommendations on a soil tea that is used by mixing it with water before watering plants. Any suggestions?

I am using Nectar for the God’s nutrients if that makes a difference

I use Dr. Earths-


Worm castings are great to make a tea from.

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How much work is involved in making it?

I was looking for something that I mix with water similar to Cultured Biological Tea.

Thank you!

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It’s pretty easy. There’s lots of recipes.



Can I add my own tea brew?
First I use locally sourced and organically fed Red Night crawler
worm castings, sun dried andscreened
through 1/4 " screen
The I put 2 cups of it in a blender (before you ask no it’s not the
one from the kitchen) and turn it to talcum like powder. To make actual tea -
Put 1cap of castings powder in a clean 1 gallon jug
Add warm 7.0pH water to fill the jug
Shake it throughly to mix
Set the mixed jug in a warm dart place and age 7 days
After 7 days you have worm castings tea
You can use it to feed/water as needed
I use it every watering

Compost tea is an extract of compost combined with de-chlorinated water
containing beneficial microorganisms that has been used for centuries to
encourage soil and plant health. The organic matter and its accompanying
organisms chosen are of primary concern when making a nutrient rich
compost tea. Clean compost and worm castings used solely or in conjunction
are common tea bases, but you can also try making a bat guano tea mix.
Composting Bat Manure for Tea Using bat manure for compost tea is one of
the most nutrient and microorganism rich options. Bat dung is harvested dry
after it has been composted by guano beetles and microbes and is obtained
from only the insect and fruit feeding species. It can be worked directly
into the soil as an incredible rich, non-malodorous fertilizer or converted
into an extremely beneficial bat manure compost tea. Using bat guano tea has
the benefit of not only nourishing the soil and plants, but also has been
said to have bioremediation properties. Simply put, this means that the bat
dung can aid in cleansing soils made toxic by the application of pesticides,
herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. Using bat guano tea on foliage aids in
the prevention of fungal diseases as well. Bat Guano Tea Recipe Used as a
fertilizer, bat guano provides a higher concentration of nutrients than
many other types. The NPK ratio of bat dung is a concentration of 10-3-1,
or 10 percent nitrogen, 3 percent phosphorous and 1 percent potassium. Nitrogen
facilitates rapid growth, phosphorus pushes healthy root systems and bloom development,
and potassium aids in a plant’s general health. Bat guano tea is suitable for a wide
variety of plants and is simple to make. A simple bat guano tea recipe consists of
one cup of dung per gallon of non-chlorinated water. Chlorine in water kills beneficial
microbial life, so if you have city water that is chlorinated, just leave it in an
open container for several hours or overnight to allow the chlorine to naturally dissipate.
Mix the two together, let sit overnight, strain and apply directly to your plants. Other
bat guano tea recipes can be found all over the Internet. They can get more complex by
adding additional ingredients such as unsulfured molasses, fish emulsion, worm castings,
seaweed concentrate, humic acid, glacial rock dust and even specific species of bat
guano — such as Mexican, Indonesian or Jamaican dung. As a foliar spray, apply the
bat guano tea using a fine mist either in the early morning or pre-dusk.
For root application, apply at the root zone followed by watering in to facilitate
nutrients into the root system. Bat guano tea is not a fertilizer, but promotes a
healthy biologically diverse soil with more efficient nutrient absorption, thereby
eventually reducing the amount of fertilizer needed and promoting overall healthier
plants. Use the bat guano tea as soon as possible. It will lose its nutritive power
even as soon as overnight, so use it right away.t from harmful disease.

Using compost tea for cannabis hasn’t been adopted by growers until relatively
recently, but it’s a great way to help grow organic cannabis at home. Organic
compost tea benefits the cannabis plant by protecting it against various harmful
elements and providing rich nutritional elements.

Compost tea should never be a 100% replacement for all soil additives, and there
are still nutrients you should use for growing cannabis. But, when used as a soil
drench, it can still be a great complement for other nutrients. And if you use
compost tea as a foliar spray, it can provide some of its abundant micronutrients
to cannabis via absorption through the leaves’ stomata.
What Are the Benefits of Compost Tea?
Watering a plant sprout

The goal of brewing compost tea is to introduce microorganisms to promote bigger,
stronger, and more resilient plants. Spraying your cannabis plants with compost
tea can place beneficial bacteria on the plants that are thought to crowd out bad
bacteria and help strengthen the plant’s abilities to suppress diseases. When
applied to soil, you’re adding to the soil food web by introducing a healthy
population of microorganisms that are aerobic in nature. These organisms hold
nutrients, aerate the soil, aide water retention, increase nutrient absorption
in the plant, help grow healthy roots, and help prevent diseases.

However, the benefits of compost tea are debated in the agricultural world. Many
gardeners report quality results from using compost tea, while others derive no
benefits greater than you would see from applying compost. The uncertainty lies
in whether or not growing and developing populations of microorganisms in the tea
actually benefits the plants and can prevent disease.
Growing Organic Cannabis at Home

Personally, I’ve used compost tea regularly in gardens as I fully support the
practice and believe in the benefits. Cannabis is developing into an industry
where the use of pesticides is strongly regulated. Accordingly, it’s crucial to
take preventative steps to stop diseases before they occur, and compost tea might
be your solution. The cannabis community is filled with conscious individuals who
are connected to what they grow. This connection has always left me wanting to improve
upon the natural ecosystem that we benefit from and explore ways to do so organically
and sustainably.
Compost Tea Key Ingredients: Your Recipe for Healthy Cannabis Plants
Farmer and her compost pile

In order for your organic compost tea to fully benefit your cannabis plant, you
need to ensure you use the correct recipe and make it properly. A healthy compost
tea pulls the soluble nutrients and microorganisms from compost; this includes
bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes. Nematodes do not have a life cycle that is
rapid enough to increase their population in the time it takes to brew a tea. However,
bacteria, fungi, and protozoa can all increase their populations with the right foods
and conditions.

Below are five key compost tea ingredients recommended by the Beneficial Living Center
located in Arcata, California, to create a successful tea that will work best for your

  1. Compost

Compost is the base for the tea, and a healthy compost should have large populations
of microorganisms and nutrients. Sourcing your compost locally will help ensure the
organisms in the compost are used to the local pathogens. Compost that contains
developed mycelium (fungal colonies) populations will help aid the development of
fungal growth in the tea.
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2. Worm Castings

Worm castings are the byproduct expelled after a worm digests organic material.
Castings provide a high density of nutrients in a broken-down, refined form that
is readily available for the plant to consume. Worm castings also introduce microorganisms.
3. Fish Hydrolysate

Fish hydrolysate is produced by breaking down fish and crustaceans to create a
nitrogen-dense product. Crustacean exoskeletons also have chitin, which works as
an immune booster for plants. Fish hydrolysate also helps feed and increase the
fungi populations.
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4. Kelp

Kelp serves as a source of food for fungi that grow while the tea is brewing.
It’s also thought to provide a surface for fungal colonies to attach to and develop.
5. Molasses

Molasses serves as a source of food for bacteria that grow while the tea is brewing.
5 Steps for Making Compost Tea
Compost tea bin

Making your own compost tea at home is easy. Follow these five key steps and you’ll
soon be feeding your cannabis plants a nutrient-rich mix that will keep them healthy
and happy.

  1. Build Your Compost Tea Brewer

Before you build your compost tea brewer, you need to consider the size of your cannabis
garden. Most home gardens use a 5-gallon bucket. On the outside of the bucket, you’ll
need to have an air pump connected to an aerator device at the bottom. The aerator and
air pump will oxygenate the water so the microorganisms can breathe. You’ll also need a
400-micron mesh bag in which you can place the ingredients for the tea. While you can buy
pre-built tea brewers, you can also easily make your own for a very affordable price.
2. Build Your Schedule

Tea brewing takes time, so it’s important to figure out when you want to apply the tea.
Most teas generally take 24-36 hours to brew. You don’t want to let your tea brew for
too long because the microorganism populations will develop to a point where they won’t
have enough oxygen or space to live and will begin to die, which can damage your tea.

That being said, only start a tea when you know you’ll have time to apply it within 36
hours of brewing it. If you’re going to use it as a foliar spray, you want to time it
so you can apply the compost tea in the evening or morning when the temperature is low
and the sunlight is not direct. This period is also when the stomata (nutrient receptors
on your plant’s foliage) are open to receive the nutrients.
3. Fill Your Compost Tea Bag

When creating your first batch of tea, keep the solution simple. If your water is coming
from city lines, allow it to sit and breathe so the chlorine can to break down. Beneficial
Living Center tea recipes are a good place to find tea formulas. Once your tea is brewing,
keep it out of direct sunlight and make sure the air pump is running and oxygen is being
pushed through the water.
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4. Finalize Your Compost Tea

There are multiple products that can be added in the middle of your brewing process,
towards the end, or right before application. Food for bacteria and fungi can be added
halfway through your brewing process to increase the growth of microorganisms.
Furthermore, products like SeaGreen and Actinovate can be added before the tea is
applied in your garden for additional benefits.
5. Applying Compost Tea on Cannabis

The tea can be applied to the roots or as a foliar spray on the leaves of the cannabis
plant. You can dilute your tea with water at a ratio anywhere between 1:20 when applying
it to the roots. A basic tea can’t harm or burn your plants, so you may apply a potent
dose freely. As a foliar spray, compost tea is generally only diluted with water to 1:2.

Don’t use drip lines to apply the compost tea because the tea will cause the drip line
to clog over time. It’s important to either gravity feed the tea or use a diaphragm
pump (as opposed to a centrifugal pump) to avoid chopping up and disrupting the active
microorganisms when you water.



What’s good Greenies This Buds 4 You. This week we’re checking in with my
man The Rev, Senior Expert Cultivator over at Skunk Magazine. The Rev talks
a lot about True Living Organics (TLO). If you haven’t heard of Skunk Magazine
I HIGHLY recommend you go grab one (pun intended). The Rev also has a
“Best Of” issue of Skunk Magazine; you can pick it up here. Last week
I wrote about the Moonshine Mix and how one can grow a plant from start
to finish with just feeding the plant with plain water. While you can grow
buds using just water with the Moonshine Mix I do recommend that you give
your plants a few pick-me-ups throughout the grow cycle. Since the Moonshine
Mix is a super-rich, all organic living soil we really don’t want to use
chemicals on it to give it boosts. We want to keep all the living fungi and
bacteria in the soil healthy and thriving. We do this by using organics, teas
specifically, to feed our rich soil. The Rev wrote a great article for Skunk
about organic teas back in 07, check it out.

Organic Tea Party with The Rev

Welcome brothers & sisters. In this installation of Living Organics, we’re
going to learn about the glory of organic compost teas. But I’m not talking
about the Celestial Seasonings sitting on your grocer’s shelf. If you’re
growing in soil and want to learn how to come closer to maximizing the
potential of your genetics, read on. You’ll learn how to create, administer,
and benefit from a largely underutilized technique that has produced some
stellar results for me over the years.

You may recall from some of my past articles the nutritional benefits of soil
microlife for cannabis plants in fully organic environments. To get a better
idea of the advantages of teas, note that a teaspoon of compost contains about
one billion beneficial microscopic organisms. However, a teaspoon of organic
tea is populated by about four billion micro-beasties. Another advantage is that
pot plants benefit immediately from teas. Think of teas as organic steroids for
your plants.

Not Just For Roots

Teas are not only beneficial for your plant roots, but also for leaves. I like
to spray a bit on the leaves in a topical application. The benefit comes from
the “coating” of microbes that you create on the leaf when you spray it. This
basically muscles out any bad microbes. Be sure to cover at
least 70% of the
leaf surface with the tea-spray, ensuring that you get both the tops and bottoms.

Fungus vs. Bacteria

Most teas are bacteria-dominant. However, in flowering, fungus is a tremendous
benefit to your plants. I wouldn’t stress this if I hadn’t seen for myself what
a difference the fungi make. Organic plants are all about fungi when flowering.
If the fungi aren’t present, there’s just no way to push your plants to the limits
of yield and quality .In fact, fungi-dominant teas are so good that they’re the trick
to achieving yields that border on those produced in finely tuned hydroponic environments.

Fungus takes longer to grow than bacteria. In the population race, bacteria
always outgrows fungi by a large margin. Thus, when making a fungi-dominant tea,
you have to give the fungi a head start.

Fungus plays a special role during flowering,delivering things such as phosphorous
to the plants roots. They also breakdown secondary mineral nutrients and ammonium
nitrogen available to the roots. Bacteria then convert the ammonium nitrogen to
nitric nitrogen. Both varieties of nitrogen, ammonium and nitric, can be used by a
cannabis plant and help it grow vigorously.

Nitric Nitrogen: Makes the plants grow shorter & wider, with closer node spacing.

Ammonium Nitrogen: Causes some stretch in the plant.

Nutrient Flexible

Teas can provide your plants with more than good bacteria. If your plant are
lacking food or you encounter a problem that you need to correct, teas are an
excellent vehicle for infusing your soil with nutrients.

Personally, I utilize teas mostly to provide my plants with fungi. How many
nutrients you should add to you tea depends on what you already have in your
particular soil (and needs of your plants).I pack my soil with tons of long-term
nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium, so I don’t have to worry about the tea playing
the role of nutrient provider.

Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Bacteria

The only real got’cha with organic teas is aeration. You must continually aerate
your organic teas. Why? There are two types of bacteria that can develop in you tea :
Aerobic and Anaerobic .Anaerobic doesn’t need oxygen and is nasty stuff.If you ever
smell your tea and it stinks of sewer, don’t use it ! I mean that there’s anaerobic
activity.A good tea that’s rich in aerobic activity will smell like very rich soil
(the kind that’s teaming with earthworms).Anaerobic teas are bad for more reasons
than the fact that they literally smell like shit.They can also manifest E. Coli
and introduce things like alcohols,which can kill your plants fast.Good aeration
isn’t just to supply oxygen to your plant roots.It’s also a catalyst that teases
the microbes and protozoa out of the compost-or earthworm castings,in the case of
vermicompost-without killing them.After the continuous bubbling pushes them out,
they consume the nutrients and simple sugars in your tea and multiply in a big way
(creating the microlife boom that will,in turn,produce a bust,wherein large numbers
of microbes will die their carcasses will nourish your plants’ roots).

Thou Shalt Not

There are certain varieties of compost and brewing conditions that should be
avoided when brewing a batch of organic tea.

Chlorine: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Never use chlorinated water
on organic soil! This obviously includes teas. But if your only source of water is
chlorinated, don’t freak out. Simply drop an airstone in an uncovered container of
the water for 24 hours. Your chlorine problems will be gone.

Compost Leachates: This is just compost squeezed and pressed.It’s not very nutrient
rich. But it’ slack of nutrients isn’t the problem (remember,
using teas as a vehicle
for transporting nutrients to your plants is a supplemental benefit).The problem is
anaerobic activity, which can spell death for your plants.

Compost Extracts: While these provide more nutrient value than compost leachates,
they still contain anaerobic activity (the big “I’m a dumbass” move in the world
of organic teas).

Violent Aeration: Aeration is your friend and the key to a potent tea that’s
teaming with good bacteria. But too much aeration on the scale that provides
an excessive amount of agitation and turbulence to the tea-is a bad thing because
it will actually beat the microbeasties to death! Be gentle with the teas; remember
that they’re teeming with microbes!

Ultraviolet/HID/Sunlight: Avoid any high intensity lights or sunlight .Instead, use
“normal” house lighting, such as florescent or tungsten .However, avoid any light
source near your tea brewer. Regular room lighting is fine, but-as a rule of thumb-dimmer
is better.

Mother Mary’s Tea Recipes:

*The measurments below are for a one gallon tea bubbler. When making teas in
smaller containers,simply adjust the recipe or dilute the final tea with water.

*In these recipes, brew the tea with an airstone in a one gallon container for
24 to 48 hours. When you’re done brewing, strain it through a nylon stocking
(for topical/sprayer applications) or a standard strainer (for normal watering applications)
and cut it 50/50 using dechlorinated water.

*Fungi-dominant tea compost should be mixed together and kept very wet for three
to seven days prior to brewing. Store it high in a room, near the ceiling and in
the dark. The microlife and fungi populations will really bloom if you place a
heating pad-set to low-below the container (shoot for 68-75 degrees fahrenheit;20-24 degrees celsius).
After three days ,it will be visibly booming with fungus (what I call “Santa’s Beard”).
Put this in your tea brewer and bubble it (in place of regular compost).

*Prepare for the container to foam up and bubble over. You should place a tray
under your tea bubbler and avoid any electrical or other items that may be damaged
or unsafe around the bubbling water.

Vegetative Stage Recipe:

  • One Gallon Water *: R/O water, rain water, distilled etc. etc.

  • One Teaspoon Black Strap Molasses (unsulfured)1-0-5)*:
    Be sure to use only the unsulfured variety. This is because sulfur kills microlife,
    especially fungus (unless it’s elemental sulfur in small ratios).

  • One Teaspoon liquid Alaskan Fish Fertilizer (5-1-1)*:
    Fungus and bacteria both love fish ferts and go nuts reproducing when it’s included.

  • One Cup Earthworm Castings (vermicompost) or good outdoor compost*:
    Vermicompost provides humates, enzymes, protozoa, nemat odes, bacteria, fungus, trace
    elements, secondary and primary nutrients.

  • One Teaspoon Fox Farms Peace Of Mind All Purpose (5-5-5) *:
    Food for the microlife that balances the pH of the tea (to about 6.5-7.2).

Flowering Stage Recipes:

  • One Teaspoon Black Strap Molasses (unsulfured) (1-0-5) *:
    An excellent source of potassium during flowering; bacteria prefer these simple
    sugars, where as the fungus prefer more complex sugars derived from various organic matter.

  • One Teaspoon Fox Farms Peace Of Mind All Purpose (5-5-5) *:
    Food for the microlife that balances the pH of the tea (to about 6.5-7.2).

  • One Teaspoon High Phosphorous Bat Guano (0-4-0) *:
    Fungi love this nutrient and will deliver it to the plant roots.

  • One cup Earthworm Castings (vermi-compost) or regular compost *:
    Good balance of nutrient (trace and secondary).Also a source for microbes and
    beneficial elements.

  • One teaspoon Maxi-crop liquid or 1/2 teaspoon water soluble Maxicrop or kelp/seaweed
    extract (dry) *:
    A fungal favorite, this is a key tea ingredient that produces a good ratio of happy
    fungus. It’s also booming with trace elements, some nitrogen,and some potassium.

  • 1/4 teaspoon Micronized (soft) Rock Phosphate *:
    Fungus attach to the rock phosphate and grow on it.Also a prime source for
    phosphorous, magnesium & sulfur.

Fungus Dominant (halfway through flowering) Recipes:

  • 1/2 cup Earthworm Castings *:
    See above.

  • 1/2 cup Mushroom Compost *:
    This is fungus waiting to happen. A rich source of fungal spores and dense organic
    matter that fungi like to eat.

  • Two tablespoons Powdered,100% Natural rolled oats *:
    Fungi love this nutrient and will deliver it to the plant roots.

  • Two teaspoons Kelp Meal *:
    I use kelp meal for several reasons. It’s organic matter that fungi like to attach
    themselves to. Fungi love kelp extracts as a primary food source and the rich trace
    elements and potassium it introduces.

  • 1/4 teaspoon Micronized (soft) Rock Phosphate *:
    Fungus attach to the rock phosphate and grow on it, Also a prime source of
    phosphorous, magnesium and sulfur.

The earthworm castings, mushroom compost, oatmeal, and kelp meal are first mixed
together and made very wet. After fungus has grown on this blend, place it in your
tea bubbler for 24 hours with some additional liquid (or water soluble) kelp/seaweed
extract and Micronized (soft) rock phosphate.


I like the veganic Special Sauce brand. You mix it before water shake it good and apply.

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