Shout out to the seed sprout!!
Did you know a great way to promote healthy explosive growth in plants is with the use of sprouted seeds? They are relatively cheap and easy to acquire. When trying to source your seeds make sure they come from a reliable organic source. Preferably from a local farmer or farmers market...if you don't already have some saved from your fields or back yard gardens.
Seed sprouts are loaded with phytohormones, enyzmes,minerals and other nutrients. Certain seeds can be used at different growth stages.
Barley/Malted Barley has enzymes like a-amylase,b-amylase that catalysis the hydrolysis of starch into sugars. Barley also has gibberellins. Both work together to help break down dead roots and help improve nutrient uptake in the plant. They also contain chitinase enyzmes that has been known to protect the root zone from fusarium and other molds.
The benefits of malted barley is the same. But it saves time. Besides grinding it up the process is simplified by skipping the water soak and sprouting process. Special Thanks to Clackamas Coot for bringing this information to the cannabis community. We are not sponsored by anyone. But we have to give a shout out to Coots Gnarley Barley. It's a blend of hemp seed,corn and of course barley. A portion of the proceeds of each purchase goes to planting trees. Like we stated in other blogs..when nature provides we leave something in return.
Alfalfa is another extremely powerful seed to sprout. It has triacontanol which is a natural growth hormone. In our experience it increases bud site and bloom formation. Since alfalfa is so strong we recommend using only a half ounce or 14 grams instead of the recommended ounce or 28 grams of seeds to soak. Less is definitely better in this case. We personnel do not use it after the first week of flower.
Corn is another powerhouse of a seed to sprout. It's loaded with cytokinins which helps build thicker stems and promotes lateral branching. We have noticed a big differences using corn sst on genetics that are notorious for leggy stretchy plants that normally couldn't handle the weight of dense flowers. We recommend to use late in the vegetative stage and up to the fourth or fifth week of flower.
If using blue corn we suggest using half the amount of seeds to sprout.
Some growers have reported that if you use double the amount of seeds sprouted when using corn that the plant will be a more squat and bushy plant. Could this be bro science?
Could be. However we have not tried it personally.
Mung Bean is another legume like alfalfa. However it does not contain triacontanol. It does have vitamins and minerals. Minerals like calcium,magnesium,iron,potassium,copper and zinc. Some farmers swear that it makes flowers more dense during the bulk phase. We personally have not tried using mung bean sst. It is something we will try out this coming year and report back.
Soak 28 grams (1 ounce) of seed overnight. No more than 24 hours.
Drain the water the next day and rinse twice daily after that until they sprout. You can use the damp paper towel method to sprout your seeds as well.
Once the seeds have a sprout that equals the length of the seed it is ready to blend and use.
Once blended you can strain the seed pulp out and toss into the compost pile or top dress your plants or feed to a worm bin if you got one....or two.
The separated liquid can be mixed to five gallons of non chlorinated water and applied to your plants.
Remember when using alfalfa or blue corn to use half the normal amount of seeds.
Remember growing does not have to cost you and arm and a leg to produce quality organic medicine. With a little research and time you will find things right in your back yard in your local area waiting to be used in your garden.
Soil health is wealth...get planting!