Why Would Anyone Want To Use Bat Guano Tea For Growing
Bat guano, just like other types of manure, works great as a soil mix supplement and is prized by many organic gardeners. The main reason for its popularity is that bat guano provides nutrients that are essential for plant growth, and it also helps garden soil more efficiently absorb needed nutrients.
Where Can You Find Bat Guano For Sale?
Honestly, my first thoughts upon hearing about bat crap fertilizer were:
“How the hell am I going to get bag guano?.”
I know one thing . . . I wasn’t going to go to my local cave with a bucket and start gathering bat droppings.
After a quick look on Amazon, I saw that you can buy bat guano from several companies, some of which, are shown below.
What You Can Expect In This Article
I will go over the following in this article:
- Definition of Compost Tea
- Benefits Of Bat Guano Tea
- Show You A Bat Guano Recipe And the Best Practices For Its Application
- And More . . .
What Is Compost Tea?
Before even getting into bat guano fertilizer you should first though know the basics of compost tea. Compost Tea mixes decaying organic matter (I.E., compost-AKA Mulch) into, non-chlorinated water, which is then applied to plants via a spray or a soil drench.
Various names-Compost tea is what it is comonly called. However, it does have several other names. Some of which are compost extract and also it is named for what the primary source of what it is mad out of. (I.E., Worm Tea is a compost extract that is made from earthworm castings.
How Is a Compost Tea Made?
One of the simplest, yet, time-consuming ways to make a compost tea (AKA-Anaerobic Teas) is to soak the mulch in water, from two days to two weeks or more. It will be ready for application when the liquid turns dark.
Luckily, there are quicker, better, and more sanitary DIY and industrial methods for compost tea brewing, like the video that is shown below.
What Are The Benefits Of Compost Tea Nutrient Water?
Compost tea helps with the growth and spread of beneficial microorganisms (I.E, beneficial bacteria) and various other beneficial microbes among your plants.
Bat Guano Tea Extract
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What Is the Most Common Type of Bat Guano Sold?
The most common and the ratio that you should look for is 10 percent nitrogen, 3 percent phosphorus, and 1 percent potassium.
What Are The Benefits of Bat Guano Tea?
The following are a few of its most common benefits:
- All Of The Nutrients You’ll Need-Most bat guano fertilizer comprises the three most valued nutrients that help with plant growth: Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. The high nitrogen levels are especially useful, during the early growing stage, in making your
cannabisplants nice and green.
- Slow Release– It slowly and continuously releases its vital nutrients for around two to three months after it is applied.
- Improves Soil Quality-The tea helps supply your soil with beneficial microbes that help your soil’s overall health.
- Helps With Composting-Depending upon the size of your mulch pile, This can be a bit expensive. But, it can help speed up your organic composting, mulch.
- Stays Longer-It tends to last longer than other types of man-made fertilizer.
Is Bat Guano Good For Flowering?
When Is The Best Time To Apply It On Your Crops?
The most popular bat guano recipes are designed to best work for insect-eating bats, which produce nitrogen-rich dung. High nitrogen content is most valued during the vegetative growth stage. Therefore, you will get the best results from a guano compost tea if you apply it during that growth stage.
Seabird Guano Tea-Phosphorus is needed during the flowering growth stage. Seabird guano’s phosphorus content is quite high at 0-12-0. Therefore, a seabird guano tea will likely work well for your plant’s flowering growth stage.
How To Make Bat Guano Tea
It is easy to find a bat guano tea recipe. just do a simple Google search and you’ll find many different compost tea recipes. Some recipes are relatively simple, where all you do is mix the dung and water and then wait.
Other recipes can be a bit complicated. For example, there are bat dung tea recipes that require blackstrap molasses, humic acid, and even specialized Mexican bat guano.
Here, though I will show here a simple recipe, and guide you in the right direction to find other more comprehensive recipes.
USE ASAP-The tea, once mixed, does not keep its nutrients for long. So, apply it as soon as possible.
Basic Bat Guano Tea Recipe
All you do is simply mix one cup of bat guano fertilizer per gallon of pure water.
Steps in Detail
Important: If the water is too hot, the oxygen levels will be lessened, and if the water is too cold beneficial micro-organism growth will be slowed. The water should be from approximately 60 to 90 degrees.
- Get The Water- Get a gallon of “pure” or non-chlorinated tap water. It is essential that you only use pure, non-Chlorinated water as bat guano’s soil-enriching microbes are killed by chlorine. If your tap water does have chlorine place the water in an open container for around 24 hours, which will allow the chlorine to naturally be released, or better yet, buy pure spring water.
- Mix-Mix the bat guano and water vigorously.
- Strain It-Strain the “Tea.”
- Apply-It can be applied by way of a foliar spray or soil drench.
Guano, Worm Castings, And More . . .Advanced Recipe
The following compost tea recipe, shown via the Youtube video below, is a more advanced recipe that uses more ingredients, like worm castings.
How Do You Apply It?
It is either applied directly on the leaves or a soil drench. To apply on a plant’s leaves all you need to do is apply a fine mist, in the early mornings or right before nighttime. To use at the soil, apply the tea at the roots and then promptly water
Just like any fertilizer, it can be overdone. Bat guano contains nitrogen, which can burn plants. So, too much bat feces can damage and even destroy your crop. So, be sure to use the correct amount and, if in doubt, err on the side of caution and use less fertilizer.
Bat guano tea is one of the many products that you can use for organic gardening soil mix, and even if you are not an organic gardener, it also provides excellent soil enrichment.
I’d give bat guano a try, as It’s relatively cheap and easy to brew. Just start with the simple recipe that I show in this article and you should do just fine.
How often should you use bat guano?
First of all, it is best to follow either the bat guano recipe that you are using or the fertilizer company. The general rule of thumb is from once a month to every two to three weeks.
Is bat guano safe to use?
Bat Guano is organic. However, breathing in large amounts of bat guano fumes can be dangerous. So, use a mask when applying it to your plants. Also, it could damage your plants if you use too much.
Is Bat Guano good For Flowering?
The tea recipes contained are designed to best work for an insect-eating, bat species. Insect-eating bat, dung is valued for having a high nitrogen content. Your plants will need nitrogen more during the vegetative growth stage. On the other hand, fruit-eating bats’ dung contains more phosphorus. Phosphorus is needed more for the flowering growth stage. So, for best results, bat guano tea should only be used in the flowering stage when the bat dung is collected from fruit-eating bats.