Barley grains are a vibrant source of microbes, with a wide range of bacteria, fungi, and yeasts colonizing the area between the husk and the pericarp (fruit outer wall). Malted Barley is simply Barley that has been sprouted at its highest level of enzymatic activity, and then quickly freeze-dried to preserve its freshness and effectiveness. Malted Barley introduces new enzymes that make nutrients more bio-available to plants. The enzymatic recipe found below creates enzymes that break down dead organic matter more efficiently than the vast majority of bottled products from the hydro store (with one exception that we’ll talk about later). This style of top feeding or brewing a sprouted seed tea using malted barley will add another differentiating factor to your cultivation playbook.
Farmers and growers who employ this method have used malted barley as an effective way to make their own enzyme rich sprouted seed tea without all of the hassles of learning to sprout the seeds themselves, as this is a bit of an art form. These high-end seeds (Tibetan Purple Barley being the absolute best) have been scientifically grown to produce the highest and most robust enzymes possible. The organic and scientific methods of seed germination used are far superior to the home sprouting techniques we are used to seeing today.
Advantages of Using Organic Malt Barley
Malt extract is actually a natural by-product of the beer brewing process. This simple material contains vital plant nutrients such as potassium and nitrogen, in addition to the highly coveted enzymes. In addition to adding nutrients, malt extract used as a fertilizer encourages the growth of extremely beneficial soil microorganisms while killing off non-beneficial soil microorganisms, such as the infamous root-feeding nematode. Root feeding Nematodes are non-segmented microscopic worms that consume plant roots and stems. Over time, they will eventually kill all of the plants they come into contact with.
Enzyme counts are noticeably more elevated when you take the time to use this method correctly. Remember that quality organic barley is paramount, as anything non-organic may be compromised with toxins or chemicals that can hinder biological processes. With the right, high quality material, the bacteria and fungi found on Malted Barley Grains can produce biologically significant levels of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), a vital plant growth hormone that promotes cell division and is involved in the coordination and development of plant organs.
Malted Barley Options
Freshness with malted barley is just as important as the freshness of your coffee beans. When a coffee connoisseur makes a cup for themselves, they always prefer to grind the beans fresh. This is the same for your plants. Simply use an emulsifier like a "Magic Bullet" and grind the seed into a fine powder; otherwise, using milled Malted Barley to save time and effort is the second-best option.
teas for your garden. You can even consume this quality of barley for your own specific health benefits.
The Premium Tibetan Purple Barley is the highest quality organic barley product I have ever used. Look for more articles from Everflux Technologies about this amazing seed. Quality input equals quality output!
Another Option for Increasing Soil Enzyme Activity
Don’t have the time or energy to make your own teas? Or are you overwhelmed by the prospect of making a whole bunch of different teas to provide different growth hormones and enzymes? Everflux makes Bioflux Fermented Plant Boost exactly for people like you. It’s one of the few products you’ll find in a bottle that is truly alive (we’ve tested it and found 11 billion organisms per mL), and it provides plants with a whole array of natural growth hormones and enzymes. Head to the Everflux website and check it out.
What Is Alfalfa Sprouted Seed Tea Used For?
Sprouted Seed Teas are made by collecting a bunch of healthy organic seeds, generally of fast-growing plants-like alfalfa, and soaking them in de-chlorinated water overnight (or 48 hours for stubborn seeds), then draining and keeping them moist. In a few days, they will sprout and begin producing the natural plant growth hormones we are after.
Alfalfa is an ancient seed that is one of the most beloved plants around the world. The main building blocks of any plant are carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. These are called structural nutrients.
These primary structural nutrients are not provided by a healthy living soil like most macro and micronutrients but rather, by the water and air. They make up about 91- 92% of the total dry weight of the alfalfa plant. Together, these nutrients form carbohydrate chains that constitute the cell and fiber portions of the alfalfa plant.
Most plants we cultivate today obtain their nitrogen from the living soil, but alfalfa is in a class of plants called legumes. These unique plants get their nitrogen from the air, by harvesting and feeding rhizobia bacteria that form tiny nodules found on the roots.
Alfalfa seeds are planted and then cultivated around the world, not only for livestock feed but also for healthy human consumption. This beneficial seed is thought to have originated in ancient Persia, which is modern day Iran. It can survive extreme temperatures and conditions and can become dormant when necessary.
When Alfalfa plants experience dormancy, like in times of severe drought, they will resume growth when conditions improve, making them an ideal plant to "chop and drop" in a living
soil system. The triacontanol present in Alfalfa, when used correctly, will thicken overall root
mass, and keep tighter and shorter internodal spacing within your plants!
As a cannabis farmer, we concentrate on making the plant lengthen/strengthen the branches, which allow it to support more substantial yields. The key is to time the sprouting process so that we can sprout and use as many alfalfa seeds as possible.
Once you see the roots start to show, the seeds will be bursting with energy, all the while stretching out their earliest roots. It is at this moment that alfalfa seeds are packed with growth hormones, especially triacontanol, as they start growing faster.
Now here is the secret you’ve been reading this article for: you can harvest those growth hormones and use them to give your cannabis plants a healthy and robust enzyme boost. These newly developed growth hormones will trigger your cannabis plants to put more energy into root development and plant growth.
This process helps dramatically improve overall growth rate- and combined with an organic kelp fertilizer foliar feed the next day, this will really maximize the growth rate in your cannabis plants.
Triacontanol is an excellent growth stimulant, affecting basic metabolic processes such as photosynthesis, enzyme activity, nutrient uptake, and CO2 assimilation. Only feed it to your plants in small doses; you do not want to over do it.
Triacontanol unquestionably increases the amount of chlorophyll in fan leaves, improving the rate of photosynthesis. In root systems, cell growth is enhanced, creating more robust root networks, allowing for higher nutrient uptake and also increasing trichome production.
Prepare this recipe and then add this mixture to 5 gallons of water, and you have one of the world’s most nutritious plant enzyme teas available for PENNIES on the dollar compared to conventional methods.
About the Author
Daniel Enking is the founder of Everflux Technologies. He is a life-long environmentalist and practical dreamer who is obsessed with resource efficiency and imaged an "everything recycling machine" at age 10.