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Centennial Colorado

Hi all,
I am wondering if foliar spraying compost tea would be benificial. If so, what would be the best way to do this?

6/15/2020 9:43:38 AM


Where the PUMPKINS grow/My backyard

It would be beneficial, but i am not sure what the best way to do it would be. Probably just mix half and half qith water, and spray, with a garden sprayer.

6/15/2020 10:09:54 AM

Porkchop(team sLamMer)

Central NY

Depends on the tea but yes.. plants love foliar tea. Don’t mean to sound like a commercial but that Wallace wow tea is something else. We will be bathing our plants in it this year. Straight tea for foliar for us. Pump sprayer.

6/15/2020 10:20:20 AM


Centennial Colorado

Will put on 25 gallons tonight from wow. It will be foliar and through the drip system. Thanks for the help. I think I will do just tea and not mix with water for foliar.

6/15/2020 1:30:20 PM

G. Kins

Catinthehat, WA

I like the leaves to not have any fertilizer salt on them if it's going to be sunn... but with a strong root system it shouldn't matter. Compost tea shouldn't have too much dehydrating affect compared to chemical fertilizer. Also I wouldn't apply it if the plant is going to remain wet for more than a half hour. Bad things can start to grow on your leaves and stems if there is a chance for those things to get started.

6/15/2020 3:04:31 PM


Centennial Colorado

is 20% humidity too much or dry enough to apply on leaves. don't want rot or powdery mildew to start forming.

6/15/2020 3:23:27 PM


chops grew a world record and other big ones and yes your leaves and soil/roots will love it. Look at this discussion and read. There is a very good link .


6/15/2020 4:42:54 PM


Better ask to see if that might gum up your drip lines.
Grower is right if your tea was done in a 5 gallon bucket with strength for 55 gal. but Pork would know better than me.

6/15/2020 4:52:30 PM

G. Kins

Catinthehat, WA

If you apply after about nine in the morning or a couple hours before sunset there should be sufficient time that the plant will get mostly dry. Just a precaution in case your tea has any disease organisms. Any humidity 50% or below should be ok I think. You can blow excess water off plants with a battery powered leaf blower (dont want to break leaves or scratch the plant obviously).. It works. The reputable sources like Wallace should not harm plants but making my own has caused me to be cautious. I dont count on it to always turn out right.

6/16/2020 2:18:41 AM

G. Kins

Catinthehat, WA

Wow tea btw... does effectively contain fertilizer I think? It's not just friendly bacteria... I looked it up it is analyzes to approx 1.0-0.2-1.0 probably dont need to worry much... it might help reduce disease even.

6/16/2020 2:39:54 AM

ESheel31(team sLamMer)

Eastern Shore of VA

I used it Sunday.
My first impression ?
Cannot believe how good the leaves look.
Dark green and almost glossy.
So far I’m a fan.

6/16/2020 6:10:45 PM


Centennial Colorado

I agree. My plants look much more healthy. Tomato doubled in size after application. I think I just didn't have enough microbes in the pots, so the roots couldn't uptake the nutrients quick enough. leaves really liked the soak as well.

6/16/2020 9:05:05 PM

Richmond Dave


I've made some WOW tea but after 3 days of aeration I did not get any foam. I used it anyways. I think one of my brewing problems is that I cannot sustain 60 plus degrees while brewing especially nights. So question is .....while the tea be very effective?

6/17/2020 10:26:07 PM


South Dakota

Foam is a by-product of the brewing process and does not coincide with the "life" in your brew. Sometimes I get much foam, another time little foam, does not concern me. I usually get more foam the more kelp meal I put in the mix. I put an aquarium heater in the brew to keep temps up during the brewing process. Keeps tea about 70 degrees or so. Be sure you clean up ALL of your brewing equipment with bleached water to prevent any biofilm from contaminating your system,

6/18/2020 8:25:24 AM

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