What Plants Enjoy Bokashi / Pickled Tea?

For the record...

‘Pickled tea’ is the leachate or nutrient rich liquid that is collected in a traditional bokashi bucket system. Ideally this liquid needs to be drained and used every 2-3 days.

bokashi tea liquid drained

It is usually used in a diluted form as a liquid fertiliser for plants.

Plant fertiliser is generally made up of 3 primary nutrients - Nitrogen for leaf growth; Phosphorus for root growth and Potassium for fruit, flower growth. A good balanced organic fertiliser would have an equal balance of the three, commonly referred to as N-P-K for general garden use.

Keeping in mind the nutrient content can vary depending on the materials added to Bokashi.. a 2014 Swedish study suggests the diluted liquid tea is actually low in nitrogen but high in phosphorus and potassium, as well as sodium and chloride.

So to ensure your more leaf producing plants are getting their essential nutrients, an additional nitrogen source may be required if using Bokashi tea I.e kelp, animal manure etc. especially if your plants look stunted, yellowy, withered growth or just poor overall health.

The good news is root, fruit and flowering plants love a fertiliser higher in phosphorus and potassium!

Plants that love a weekly (or fortnightly) Pickled tea include:

plants that love bokashi tea

Edible root, fruit and flower plants in their growing season.  E.g. tomatoes, oranges, eggplants, green beans, zucchini, lemon, grapefruit, carrots, watermelon, marigolds, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, peppers, kūmara, cucumber, grapes, potatoes, peas and avocados.

Roses and orchids also appreciate a tea!

Because the tea VERY acidic it is best to dilute the tea concentrate 1:100 before using as a plant fertiliser. E.g. 10 mls (tea) to 1000 mls (water).

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