Are you going to think I’m crazy for suggesting that you absolutely 100% should consider using molasses as fertilizer in your organic garden?
If the health of your garden is suffering, if some of your plants are riddled with pests, or if you just want to grow the best plants possible, molasses fertilizer may be what you need.
Actually, it’s not so much a fertilizer as food for the beneficial microorganisms on your leaves. Molasses definitely has some nutrients, too, but it’s mostly about the carbohydrates – the sugar.
And it’s not some silly home remedy. It’s promoted by organic farming consultants and is actually one of the most important things I bring in to my garden.
In this video, I want to pass onto you how I use it.
When To Use Molasses
Sometimes it’s just the simple things that our garden needs.
You can use molasses as fertilizer because microbes need sugar.
Our plants may very well be lacking in this sugar, especially if we don’t have a functioning ecosystem with nutrient cycling and humus formation occurring, and especially if we’re removing the grass clippings or neglecting to keep a quality mulch layer in the garden.
Molasses is a relatively inexpensive tool to use as we transition to an ecosystem that is more alive.
It’s a very good idea to apply it with most microbial inoculants such as compost tea because it gives the microbes instant food to begin working with.
It’s essential to apply a sugar source like molasses with nitrogen fertilizers to give the microbes a carbon source they can use in order to effectively work with that nitrogen, kind of like how we try to balance carbon and nitrogen in a compost pile.
How To Apply Molasses
Molasses can be mixed with water and sprayed directly onto plants. This can be done regularly, such as monthly or even weekly.
Usually, I’ll combine this molasses fertilizer with other liquid organic fertilizers like seaweed fertilizer while I’m doing it, and I always combine it with microbial inoculants and nitrogen fertilizers like fish. Molasses is also sticky and helps everything stick to the plant leaves.
I mix it with water in a backpack sprayer or hose end sprayer.
What Kind Of Molasses To Use
The unsulfured variety is preferred when using molasses as fertilizer because the form of sulfur used in most molasses is there to kill microbes, while we’re trying to feed microbes.
Blackstrap molasses is what I use, because it’s also used in the fermentation process to activate effective microorganisms, but any kind of molasses will work for spraying onto plants.
Update: About 2 years after writing this article I began selling a few organic fertilizers, including molasses, so you can read my new feelings on it here.
Here’s An Experiment
Next time you’re starting seeds or you get some new, young houseplants, water half of them with just water and the other half with 2 teaspoons of molasses per liter of water. See which plant gets bigger when you do this over time.
Any questions about using molasses as fertilizer? Let me know below, and be sure to tell me your experiences with molasses.