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When and How To Use Bat Guano
All fertilizers need to be used with some common sense, and organics
are no exception.
Bat guano's need some time to break
down before they can be utilized by the plants. It may take up
to 2 weeks for the guano that you've applied today to be usable by
the plants unless you use a catalyst (or enzyme) to help break them
I think that in combination with other
fertilizers, bat guano will give you many great benefits such as better
flavor quality, and a greater resistance to insects and disease.
They promote a 'living' microbial
environment for the plants' root system, and the plants will benefit
greatly from this, as well as a gentle, slow-release source of
nutrients. If you just want to supplement your nutrients with
the guano for these benefits, then they work great.
If you want to use the guano as your
sole source of food for container plants, I'd recommend using an
enzyme supplement like Earth Juices'
compliment the guano, and quicken the release.
If you're just looking to improve your
overall flavor quality, and have a nice slow-release source of food
for an outdoor garden, you could apply as frequently as once every
2-3 weeks, or most of the manufacturers would instruct you to apply
once a month.
Several of the 'full-spectrum' organic
fertilizers that we sell are made from bat guano, and earthworm
castings, and a host of other quality organic sources, and are easier to
use than straight guano.
They have more of a balance of all of
a plants' requirements, and are more complete than straight guano.
Because of this, if you're looking for
a stand-alone fertilizer, I'd usually steer people toward these as a
complete food source for your plants. A couple of the guano
based fertilizers are:
Fox Farm Big Bloom