What is Worm Tea? Benefits of Vermicast Tea
What is Worm Tea?
Is it brewing a few worms in a cup of hot water? Eww, nope! It is just the liquid form from vermicomposting. Some people have the misunderstanding that the liquid mixture retrieved from the bottom of the worm casting bin is worm tea. But, this liquid is known as leachate. Worm tea or Vermi-tea is an intricately prepared mixture of oxygenated water and worm castings. Leachate is not as nutritious and microbe filled as worm tea and is a smelly by product which contains bad microbes.
Vermicast Tea Benefits
Worm tea is a complex solution which is made out of worm castings that contain microbes like bacteria, fungi, protozoa and useful nematodes. In worm tea, they are found in easily absorbable form which is taken up by the plants increasing its immune power.
Vermicastings are the solid form and it may be difficult for some plants to take up the nutrients from this. The nutrients are released slowly. Vermi-tea as the liquid form facilitates speedy absorption of the nutrients into the plant.
Worm compost is brewed in water and the minerals and microbial elements are extracted into the water as easily absorbable form. A simple worm tea can be produced by simply adding compost into water, but it is well prepared in the presence of continuous oxygen supply so that the amount of active oxygen in it is increased considerably.
Vermicompost works great for tree and shrub growth. Perennials, vegetables and flowers grow well and give better produce with compost.
The application type and concentration also varies greatly based upon the final desired result that is expected to be achieved from the worm tea application. The tea is used in its undiluted form if the plant is infected with disease and this directly shows the role of worm tea in protecting the plant and providing it with immune power. Seedlings are to be soaked in the worm tea before planting so that the seeds grow in the best condition. Worm tea can be applied by making use of a sprayer, watering can; hose end sprayer and spray bottle based on the vastness of the farm area.