After I figured out the barley approach I began to use other seeds and legumes: pinto beans, navy beans, lima beans, soybeans, brown rices and even Bhutan red rice and it was my experience that the actual seed didn’t matter much at all. The effects were as dramatic with pinto beans as they are with barley.
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Here is the same tray 24 hours later:
There are 2 major exceptions: alfalfa seeds and corn. You can read a lot about the alfalfa compound (auxin) Triacontanol which is found in alfalfa meal. What gets lost in the discussion is that the sprouting alfalfa’s production of this auxin is at its maximum meaning that go gently into that good night if you choose to sprout alfalfa seeds. Start with 1/2 the amount you would with most other seeds.
Now blend this up and add it to your 5 gallon bucket of water and pour into the soil 🙂
If you’d like to boost the SST with more micro and macronutrients, amino acids and other essential elements, you can mix in some more organic, natural ingredients. For example, you could mix in some Nettle Flour, which is ideal for the growth period, or an infusion of dried Comfrey leaves for a nutritional and health boost during the flowering phase.
Rinse and drain the seeds at least twice a day until the sprouting tails are as long as the seeds themselves. This usually takes a few days. Then blend the sprouted seeds in a food processor along with a cup or so of water. In our experience, the “Nutri-Bullet” type of blender is best, but pretty much any kind of food processor will do the trick to a satisfactory level.
Thoroughly rinse the seeds in clean water to remove any dirt, dust or contamination. This is best done using a sieve under a running tap. This also helps to remove any abscisic acid, a growth-inhibiting hormone that occurs on the outer shell of many seeds.
How do we make SST?
Despite forming part of Chinese cuisine and medicine for centuries or even millennia, it’s only been in the last 30 or 40 years that the western world has really woken up to the health benefits of eating seed sprouts, or germinated seeds. These days it’s widely accepted that adding some sprouted beans or other seeds to our daily diet is highly beneficial for their high content of protein, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. But did you know we can get some great results by adding seed sprouts to the diet of our cannabis plants too?
If whole barley grains are difficult to find then malted barley is a good substitute. Because the grain has already been sprouted as part of the malting process, this is a much faster method and will only need to be steeped, or “bubbled” in water for a few hours to make a natural enzyme tea, although freshly-sprouted seeds will always be more effective. To use malted barley add 2 tablespoons per gallon of water. Apply this or Barley SST once a week during vegetative growth and then give a top-up application roughly halfway through the flowering period.
At this stage, some growers like to “bubble” or aerate the SST for 12-24 hours in a bucket with an air pump, while others will add molasses to the tea and ferment it to preserve it for a longer time. Here at Alchimia, we recommend diluting and using any SST right away for maximum freshness and effectiveness, it’s easy and cheap enough to make a new batch next time you need some more.
Alfalfa sprouts are rich in triacontanol
Only the seeds of quick-growing plants such as alfalfa, rye, or barely should be used to make SST, which will only takes a few days or up to a week to sprout. After seeds have soaked for a night, drain the excess water, and keep the seeds moist.
Blend the mixture using an electric blender and add water to dissolve excess sugar and catalyze the procedure. Instead of blending the sprouting seeds into a slurry like this, you could also just use the water they were soaked in.
Maximum Yield Explains Sprouted Seed Tea (SST)
SST is sometimes used as a root booster or organic rooting hormone on young plants and cuttings. To use as a growth promoter on young plants, add SST to your plant’s feed water at 1-2 tbsp. per gallon. SST is a good alternative for growers who don’t wish to use synthetic rooting hormones. In the absence of sprouted seed tea, another organic option is willow extracts.
Once they begin to sprout, the seeds will be full of abscisic and gibberellic acids, beneficial proteins, amino acids, enzymes, and other beneficial compounds that can be added to boost the quality of a compost, added to a fertilizer regimen, or used as a root growth promoter during the propagation stage. SST is a biologically active liquid that can also be diluted in a root drench or foliar spray.
SST is generally sprouted in groups. Use clean, unchlorinated water. After soaking seeds overnight, use a paper towel to cover the container and keep it moist. In a few days, tiny roots will begin popping out. These shoots are ready to be harvested when they are a quarter of an inch long. Weigh them and add a third of that weight in sugar to the sprouts.