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Plants have to deal with a lot of environmental stressors.
These include heat, cold, wind, drought and disease.
That’s where liquid seaweed fertilizer comes in.
Seaweed for plants has been used by gardeners and farmers for thousands of years.
People collected it off the beach and put it right on their gardens as a seaweed fertilizer diy and mulch that quickly broke down, releasing dozens of minerals and vitamins and other beneficial components.
When I lived near the ocean in Victoria, B.C., I would drive to a nearby beach to do the same.
But nowadays I use liquid seaweed fertilizers instead, made from one of the most common seaweeds: kelp.
Kelp for plants: from the beach, it’s a wonderful soil amendment, but when we don’t have it around, a seaweed liquid fertilizer still brings many of the same benefits.
And a big advantage of these liquids over the solids is that we can spray them directly onto plant leaves for direct leaf uptake.
When you do that, the plants still get that nice shot of dozens and dozens of different minerals and vitamins.
But the main benefit of liquid seaweed is the natural plant growth regulators and hormones it contains that help plants grow faster, healthier and stronger.
And one of the main things they do is help plants deal with those environmental stressors.
Benefits Of Liquid Seaweed Fertilizer
These record-breaking watermelon were grown with my liquid seaweed fertiliser and liquid fish.
Probably the most important of seaweed fertilizer benefits is that it’s the best when it comes to boosting plant health and helping plants deal with environmental stressors such as heat, cold, wind, drought and disease.
Like all of my organic fertilizers, it can have a big impact on boosting plant growth, but I often think of it as really excelling at promoting healthier plants.
Using seaweed as fertilizer also increases overall nutrition, including protein content (we’ve lost a lot of protein in our crops in the last 50 years).
Seaweed feed has been well studied and has become a mainstay of organic farming and gardening. T. L. Senn did a lot of research on using seaweed as a fertilizer back in the day. He eventually wrote a great little book called ‘Seaweed and Plant Growth.’
His research showed not only the kelp fertilizer benefits for plant health and growth, but also that a quality liquid seaweed can help control insect pests such as spider mites.
By the way, be sure to read the comparison to both sea minerals and fish fertilizer on the right side of the page.
Who Needs This The Most?
The reason I recommend this to everyone is because it really is helpful in most gardens.
It doesn’t necessarily give the big boost in plant growth that some products give, but it really boosts plant health, which helps discourage pests.
It’s just a nice piece of preventative health care to bring into the mix, and at times can be a quick cure for various ailments a plant may face.
That’s why organic farming consultants often recommend it be included in any spray application regardless of what else is being used.
Seaweed Fertilizer Make Your Own
How to make seaweed fertilizer: if you live near a beach with some seaweed on it, you can just take that and use it directly as a seaweed garden mulch, provided it’s legal in your area to remove it.
Be sure to leave some for the beach, though, as it has a big role to play there as food and habitat for many different species.
Or if you want to make a basic liquid seaweed fertilizer, pack the seaweed into an airtight container and fill it with water. You don’t have to rinse off the salt first.
Let it sit for at least a couple of weeks (or more like a couple of months in cold weather).
It smells quite bad because it’s an anaerobic fermentation, but that’s okay. Adding a bit of SCD/EM into the water can cut down on that.
When you’re ready, mix it with 10 parts water and spray it directly onto your plants. It’s not nearly as concentrated as a professionally manufactured kelp fertiliser, but will still have many benefits.
If you let it sit long enough, the seaweed will probably decompose and dissolve, but if there’s any left, you can still throw it onto your garden as a mulch.
Finding A Quality Liquid Kelp Fertilizer
Some seaweeds can grow over 2 feet per day.
There are several species of seaweed that are commonly used for fertilizer.
There are debates as to which one is best, but the similarities are far more important than the differences, so when you’re looking for a seaweed garden fertilizer, my view is to not worry too much about the species.
What’s more important is that the kelp plant food be processed without heat and high pressure, so as to keep as many of the beneficial components in tact, and also without toxic chemicals like potassium hydroxide and sodium hydroxide.
Most seaweed fertilizers use one of these caustic chemicals along with high heat and pressure, but we want an organic seaweed fertilizer that’s processed at cooler temperatures without chemicals.
Even some of the organic products, like the popular Maxicrop liquid seaweed, are processed in such a way that they don’t retain near as many of the natural growth regulators and even the beneficial microbes. That’s not to say products like that wouldn’t have any benefit, but they’re definitely not the same quality.
The other thing to think about is whether the manufacturer is sustainably harvesting the seaweed, because overharvesting is becoming an issue. That can be more difficult to figure out.
What I do is contact the manufacturer to ask what they’re doing to make sure their process is sustainable. If they have a good answer instead of brushing me off, that’s a good start. Then I go to the internet to see if anyone else has any more info on the company.
I would like more solid info that that, but seaweed harvesting is not an issue under public scrutiny at this point, even by environmental organizations, so I kind of have to go with word of mouth.
The liquid seaweed fertilizer I use is from Neptune’s Harvest, cold processed and organic. I did some digging and found that it’s made by Thorvin, one of the best seaweed manufacturers in the world when it comes to quality and sustainability.
In terms of quality, they dry the seaweed at low temperatures using geothermal energy in order to retain the nutrients and preserve bioavailability.
In terms of sustainability, they harvest in a geographically remote location in very clean water, away from agricultural run-off and commercial shipping. They also rotate harvests to allow for sufficient regenerative growth.
How To Use It
Use 1 quart per 1000 square feet annually.
So I use 1/2 cup of liquid seaweed fertilizer per 1000 square feet every month for 8 months.
Mix it with at least 50 times as much water, which is 1/3 cup (5 Tbsp) per gallon of water, or 1.5 gallons of water for each 1/2 cup of fertilizer.
It goes great with any other liquid product, which is why it ends up in my mix every month.
Liquid seaweed is great mixed with liquid fish and molasses/dextrose. It also goes well with EM, compost tea and mycorrhizal fungi.
You can soak/spray your seeds and root balls to improve germination and early root growth, and decrease transplant shock. Do that at the same ratio above. I often soak seeds overnight before planting.
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When you buy this liquid seaweed fertilizer, you get enrolled into my online Biostimulants course.
The course includes 10 videos totaling about 75 minutes where I chat about seaweed, fish, sea minerals, molasses/dextrose, rock dust, and how to use them all.
Order Now!In summary, this liquid seaweed fertilizer:
- Provides many benefits, but is especially known for improving plant health and helping plants deal with heat, cold, wind, drought and disease.
- Is manufactured sustainably, without heat and pressure and caustic chemicals, therefore providing much more benefit than other brands.
- Is organic (not OMRI-Listed but meets requirements for NOP), and undoubtedly one of the most popular organic fertilizers available.
As a free bonus when you order today, I’ll also enroll you in my online Biostimulants course.
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