This week on the blog I wanted to talk about foliar feeding. If you’re not foliar feeding, it could be the missing link in the chain of a strong vegetative cycle. The healthier the vegetative cycle you have, the larger, more bountiful your harvest will be. It’s simple, easy, and hardly takes anytime to mix up and foliar feed your garden.
Foliar feeding is done when you mix up a diluted nutrient solution and mist it over the tops and, more importantly, the bottoms of the leaves of your plants. I always tell my customers that a foliar spray has been applied correctly when the entire plant is saturated with your foliar mix. I like to foliar feed my plants once a week 10 minutes before my lights turn off. I do this so that they don’t burn from the intense light shinning down through the water droplets, but also so that the water has a chance to evaporate from the leaves, reducing the chance of issues with mold or mildew.
My foliar feed recipe has been perfected over the years through trail and error, and I find that this recipe works great. You’ll want to add the following ingredients in the order they are listed, one at a time, to a spray bottle already filled with clean, preferably filtered, water. I like to use the 1.2L Mondi Deluxe Mist ‘n’ Sprayer because it creates an exceptionally fine mist and allows me to mix up 1 liter each time, the perfect amount for a small, personal garden. Make sure to stir thoroughly after each product is added to your water.
Foliar Feed Recipe:
- Dyna Gro: Protekt – Silica
- Technaflora: Thrive Alive B-1 Green – Kelp
- Nectar for the Gods: Athenas Aminas – Amino Acids
- Fifth Season Gardening: Fulvic Acid
- Spray-N-Grow: Coco-Wet – Wetting Agent
This foliar feed recipe is packed with stuff your plants will love. Silica strengthens the cell walls of the plants, allowing for strong stalks and stems, and thick, lush leaves that are strong enough to fight off pests and powdery mildew. Kelp is chock-full of B vitamins and growth hormones that make for a more vigorous and healthy plant. Amino Acids encourage rapid cell division, allowing for more node sites and foliage growth. Fulvic acid drives all the nutrients into the tissue of the plant, resulting in maximum nutrient uptake. Lastly, a wetting agent breaks the surface tension of the water and helps to prevent beading, allowing an even, uniform film of nutritional goodness to coat the leaves.
Apply this foliar feed solution once each week and expect to notice a healthier, faster-growing garden. Your plants will have the ability to naturally fight off stresses and pests, making for a great vegetative cycle and setting your garden up for an outstanding bloom cycle with bountiful yields.