A Step-by-Step Procedure in Making Natural Foliar Fertilizer at Home

A Step-by-Step Procedure in Making Natural Foliar Fertilizer at Home

By avatarjorizklenz

Is your foliar fertilizer too costly for your garden? Or do you want plant growth enhancer and fruit sweetener made naturally? If yes, this is for you. In this article, I’m going to teach you how to make natural foliar fertilizers out from plants and fruits that will surely save costs yet effective. 

Let’s start with:

FERMENTED PLANT JUICE

Fermented plant juice is commonly known as FPJ. It is a fermented natural foliar fertilizer out from plant parts such as leaves, stalks, and stems. It found to be rich in macro and micro-elements which are essential for plant growth and development. It promotes healthier plants and greener leaves, gives additional resistance against stress caused by insects and weather, and it could be used as a source of vitamins and probiotics for chickens. 

Materials to Prepare:

• Plant (either or mix)

          o Water Spinach

          o Banana Stem

          o Sweet Potato (leaves and Stalks)

          o Spinach

• Manila Paper / Clean Paper

• Molasses / Crude Sugar

• Tie Box / String

• Clean Container / Pail

• Knife and Chopping Board

• Ladle / Clean Wooden Stick

• Strainer / Clean Fabric 

Procedure:

1. Gather insect, pest, or disease-free plant materials before the sun rises.

2. Chop all collected plants as thin as one inch, or thinner to hasten fermentation.

3. Mix chopped plant parts with molasses at 1:1 ratio in a clean container or pail (one kilogram of chopped raw materials is equal to one kilogram of molasses).

4. Mix it well with a ladle or clean wooden stick until chopped plants are fully coated with molasses.

5. After mixing, cover the container with Manila paper and tie it with tie box or string. On the cover, label the finished product with date made and date to be harvested. 

6. Let it ferment for seven days and store it in a clean cool dry place away from direct sunlight.

7. After one week of fermentation, use a strainer or clean fabric to separate the plant’s extract from its chopped parts. Then, stock the extracts in a clean bottle and store in the same place.

8.  Remove the cup every three days to release the gas since fermentation is still going on.

Application: 

1. Mix two tablespoon of extracted fermented materials in every one liter of water. 

2. Spray or drench it the morning or late afternoon. (Beneficial microorganisms will not survive under intense heat) 

3. Apply at least one or two times a week for healthier plants. Best applied with fermented fruit juice.

FERMENTED FRUIT JUICE

Fermented fruit juice is also known as FFJ. It’s a good source of Potassium (K) and Phosphorous (P) which are essential during the flowering and fruiting stage. And it makes fruits even sweeter. Moreover, it may also use as soil conditioner since it accelerates the microbial activities in the soil due its sugar content which will serve as microbe’s energy source for synthesizing plant’s nutrients. 

Materials to Prepare:

• Ripe fruits (either or mix)

          o Mangoes, Papaya, Jackfruit, Banana, Squash, etc. any kind of ripe fruits which are available in your homes, except sour ones.

• Manila Paper / Clean Paper

• Molasses / Crude Sugar

• Tie Box / String

• Clean Container / Pail

• Knife and Chopping Board

• Ladle / Clean Wooden Stick

• Strainer / Clean fabric

Procedure:

1. At 1:1 ratio, get 1 kilogram of ripe fruit and chop it as thin as one inch, or thinner.

2. Mix it in a clean container or pail with 1 kilogram of molasses.

3. Mix it well with a ladle or clean wooden stick until chopped fruits are fully coated with molasses.

4. Then, cover it with Manila paper and tie it with tie box or string.

5. After covering, label the finished product with date made and date to be harvested.

6. Like FPJ, store it in a clean cool dry place away from direct sunlight.

7. After seven days of fermentation, it’s usable. Extract, then bottle the juice and store it in the same place.

8. Every three days, remove the cup to release the gas since fermentation is still going on.

Application:

1. In every liter of water, mix with two tablespoons of fermented fruit juice then spray or drench it into the plants and soil morning or late afternoon.

2. Do spraying at least once or twice a week for healthier plants and sweeter fruits. Best applied with fermented plant juice.

Tips: 

• Collect plant materials before sunrise, lots of beneficial microorganisms are present on the plants.

• Do not throw your extracted plant parts and fruit chunks instead mix these in your garden plots. These will serve as an additional source of organic material.

• The fermented plant and fruit juice will last for a few months. As acidic sweet smell turned into foul odor do not use it, make another one. 

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