Utility of Alfalfa meal for plants
Alfalfa also known as Lucerne or Medicago sativa, is a plant that has been grown as feed for livestock, as a supplement for humans and as a growth promoter for plants for hundreds of years. It is long prized for its superior content of vitamins, minerals and protein, compared to other feed sources. Alfalfa is a rich source of plant growth hormone “Triacontanol” , this hormone encourages healthy root system. NPK ratio of Alfalfa is 2.5:0.5:2.1. Other nutrients found in Alfalfa are Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Iron and Zinc at 2.1%, 0.79%, 0.004%, 0.02% and 0.003% respectively. This is a Moderate to fast release fertilizer. Following are the ways on how to use Alfalfa meal as fertilizer
How to use Alfalfa as fertilizer?
Use as it is
You can apply directly to plant soil in dosage recommended (20-30 grams), make a small trench ( depth approx. 1-2 inch) spread it uniformly and then cover it with soil. Then water the plant thoroughly.
Blend Alfalfa meal with other fertilizer
It can be blended with other mild fertilizer to boost nutrient content. To do this please mix them in the desired ratio and apply immediately. It is highly recommended to make the blend enough for just one time, do not mix and store the blend.
Brew a tea
Tea acts as Foliar spray for plants and is good when you have to cater more plants with limited supply. To make tea, please soak 100 grams (approx. 1/2 of 1/2 pound pack) in 2 liters of water cover the vessel with muslin cloth and keep for 2-3 days in sunny location. Once the tea is brewed mix this water with other 3 liters of fresh water to make a 5 liter solution and water plants with this. If you wish to dilute it further this can be done.
Which Plants benefit from it?
Roses love an occasional dose of Alfalfa, actually Alfalfa is a complete fertilizer in its own right. Nearly all plants except acid loving plants like blue berries, potatoes benefit from Alfalfa.
Alfalfa can be used to enrich other fertilizers as well.
Word of Caution!
Alfalfa is loved by soil bacteria so much that they start multiplying at an stellar rate, which can cause heating up of soil, hence we would recommend you to try smaller quantities first. Smaller quantities as little as ½ Pound are available with us at affordable rates.