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Natural Alternative Fertilizer: How to Make Seed Sprout Tea

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[Meta Description: Feed your crops with a natural alternative fertilizer. Seed sprout tea is rich in nutrients like phytohormones, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids. 2 recipes.]

Making seed sprout tea is an ingenious way to supply your plants – cannabis, veggies, or whatever – with growth-stimulating nutrients. Some call it enzyme tea. This is a natural alternative fertilizer and growth stimulant that you add to the water you use to hydrate your crops. It works well for indoor and outdoor growing operations.

Here, we’ll provide you with two recipes:

  1. How to make seed sprout tea
  2. How to ferment it for future use

Why Make Fertilizer with Seed Sprouts?

Nutrients from seed sprout tea include vitamins, minerals, phytohormones, enzymes, antioxidants, and amino acids, and they are highly abundant.

The main difference between seeds and sprouted seeds is that the sprouts will increase the bioavailability of the nutrients. This means a greater percentage of each nutrient will be available for your crops to absorb and use.

You can use this natural nutrient-infused water along with other natural fertilizers and/or growth stimulants. For best results, think of it as an enhancer rather than a substitute. You still want to prep your soil and maintain proper pH and nutrient levels.

Which Seeds Should You Use to Make the Sprouts?

The seeds in the list below are normally recommended for seed sprout enzyme tea because they provide a lot of the above nutrients.

You can research each plant individually to drill down on the specific nutrients their sprouts and/or seeds provide. All of them should work well, but their nutrient ratios might vary a bit.

Tip: Try to use organic seeds to ensure there are no synthetic contaminants.

Seeds for making seed sprout tea:

  • Alfalfa seeds
  • Lentil seeds
  • Barley seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Corn or maize
  • Rice
  • Fenugreek seeds

How to Make & Use Seed Sprout Tea Alternative Fertilizer

  1. Rinse your seeds in a colander or something similar. This will remove contaminants like dirt and growth-inhibiting hormones.
  2. Soak the seeds for at least eight hours. Don’t use chlorinated tap water. Add an optional 1/4tsp of kelp meal/powder per ounce of seeds to quicken the sprouting process with phytohormones.
  3. Drain the water.
  4. Rinse the seeds in water again and drain.
  5. Place the seeds in a jar or other container and cover it. If your container is a jar, you can cover the mouth with paper towel, cheese cloth, or anything that allows air flow but not insects or dust. Spread the seeds out to optimize contact with air. Fasten the cover with a rubber band.
  6. Let them sit until the sprouts grow to at least ¼ inch (0.65cm). They’ll begin sprouting within a few days.
  7. Monitor your seeds daily. Don’t let them dry up at any point in this process. For best results, rinse your seeds and drain them twice per day while waiting for the sprouts to grow.
  8. Throw the sprouted seeds into a blender or food processor and liquify them as much as possible. You can add some water to help break it down.
  9. Add the resulting mush to your plant water. You can add up to two tablespoons per gallon.
  10. Use your enhanced plant water as quickly as possible or use fermentation to preserve it for later (see recipe below).

How to Make & Preserve Seed Sprout Enzyme Tea for Future Use

For best results, just make as much as you need from the above recipe and use it immediately. If you want a batch of seed sprout tea you can use later, try fermentation.

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Here’s how you do it:

1 Follow steps 1-7 in the previous recipe.

2 Weigh your sprouted seeds.

3 Add sugar or molasses to your sprouts. How much? If your sprouts weigh 90g (3.2oz), for example, add somewhere between 30g (1oz) and 45g (1.6oz) of sugar to your sprouts. That’s about 1/3 to ½ of the weight of the sprouts. If you use molasses, which is measured by volume, change grams to milliliters. This means you can add 30mL to 45mL of molasses.

4 Throw your mixture into a blender and liquify it as much as possible. Add some water if needed. It will help break down the sprouts while helping the sugar dissolve. Alternatively, you can dissolve the sugar or molasses in warm water separately before adding it in step 3.

5 Add a probiotic that makes lactic acid. The probiotic bacteria will eat sugar and create lactic acid with it. Lactic acid is a powerful natural preservative. Lactobacillus strains are good for this. Some people use sourdough starter culture. Others use kefir starter culture. Some will even break open a few probiotic capsules and add the contents to the mix. Some of these cultures may contain bifidobacteria as well. That’s fine. They produce lactic acid, too.

6 Store the mixture in an airtight container for three to six weeks. Keep it in a dark place away from sunlight.

7. While your new natural fertilizer is fermenting, open the container at least once daily to get the gases to escape. Probiotics produce a lot of gas.

8. After Fermentation, add up to two tablespoons to a gallon of water.

9. Water your plants with it.

Tell Us About Your Grow

Let us know how it goes. If you have any questions about your seed sprout enzyme tea or your indoor or outdoor garden, drop us a line at [email protected]

Barley For Enzyme Tea – Seed Sprout Tea

You can read about the benefits of SST or Sprouted Seed Tea in many places online and this powerful recipe is quickly gaining popularity. This Blog Post is about how to use BuildASoil Barley Seed to sprout for your SST solution.

We Now Carry Three Types of Barley:

3. Gnarly Barley – A blend of seeds for seed tea, including Barley

Premium Tibetan Purple Barley was a previous product sold here.

What’s the difference?

Our low cost feed grade natural barley is minimally processed and will contain small amounts of plant material and broken seeds. This barley is excellent for bulk sprouting for daily use in the garden, but this barley is NOT good for personal use and consumption. The reason is because the foreign plant material will cause bacteria and other things to grow very easily while sprouting. Regular rinsing will keep this to a minimum and is good for our plants but not 100% safe for our consumption.

The Medium Cost Certified Organic Barley is more expensive but will be totally cleaned and ready for human consumption, sprouting or anything you want and this Barley is Ideal for the smaller garden and will last a long time.

The Premium Tibetan Purple Barley was our highest grade product, organic and was the best on the market. We’ve however started supplying a blend instead that will more than exceed your expectations, the Gnarly Barley blend.

Super Sprouted Seed Tea Recipe

Version 2.0: (Credit to some old Coot)

  • 56 Grams Barley Seed (2 Ounces)
  • Soak for 8 hours with Clean Water
  • Should now weigh minimum 84 Grams (If not soak longer)
  • Sprout seeds until tail is as long as the seed or about 1-2 days.
  • Blend in a food blender or whatever you have with a little but of water to help it blend.
  • Add this to 5 gallons water and you have one of the worlds most nutritious Plant Enzyme Teas available for PENNIES.
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This tutorial will be for our low cost barley as there are a few tricks that will help make the process much easier. The Medium and Premium Barley are so clean that they are slightly easier to use.

Step #1: I like to soak the barley in water that has a little re-hydrated kelp in it.

Here is the seed soaking and you’ll notice that many of the seeds will float.

Wait 8 hours and then tap the seeds so they sink. then scoop all the junk off the top. The goal here is to have as only seeds left to sprout and none of the plant material and seed hulls.

You can skim all that off or just pour it off into the sink and most of the seeds we want will stay in the bottom if done carefully. When you are done, they will look clean like this:

Then you can rinse them well to make sure they are ready to sprout, I just do this in a metal strainer.

Then you can sprout them in your typical fashion.

Most will use the Jar Method. I really like the Hemp Bag method or the Sprouting tray method.

Here is the same tray 24 hours later:


And the Next Day:

You can see the seeds get all soapy looking while rinsing:

Here is the same tray after 3 days of rinsing morning and night. it only takes a few seconds

Now blend this up and add it to your 5 gallon bucket of water and pour into the soil 🙂

10 Responses

October 26, 2020

Alex on May 08 2014 at 01:11PM

how often I should water with corn and barley teas? Weekly? Also, I noticed that corn and barley are recommended for vegetive stage. What sprouted teas do you recommend for flowering?

I use barley or corn throughout all of the plants life but some people use alfalfa seed tea and barley seed tea in veg and use corn seed tea in flower it’s up to you.

Benni on May 05 2014 at 12:14PM

is there a shelf life for the Barley/water food processor receipe ?

Many Thanks, Benni

Use this stuff right away it doesn’t have a shelf life at all.

October 26, 2020

how often I should water with corn and barley teas? Weekly? Also, I noticed that corn and barley are recommended for vegetive stage. What sprouted teas do you recommend for flowering?


October 26, 2020

is there a shelf life for the Barley/water food processor receipe ?

Many Thanks, Benni


October 26, 2020

Regarding the application of Ful-Power. You can use the Ful-Power to help with sprouting seeds that you might be growing, but not on the barley sprouts. Don’t feed the Barley your expensive Ful-Power, instead feed the Ful-Power to your plants and let them benefit. So What you want to do is deliver the Ful-Power to your plants along with the already prepared Barley Enzyme Tea instead of giving it to the barley seeds to soak in. Make sense? A little confusing to type out….

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Either way, the info below should help. This is one manufacturer that you can trust.

Seed activation: For vegetable seeds soak 72 hours at 25 ml/gal (1-150 dilution rate). For other, soak for 24 hours at 35ml/gal (1-100 dilution rate).

Cuttings and Bare root: 35ml/gal (1-100 dilution)

Hydroponic: 10-30ml/gal of nutrient solution

Soil and Container plants: 20-30 ml/gal (1-200 & 1-100 dilution)

Foliar Rates: 20 ml/gal (1-200 dilution)


October 26, 2020

I’m curious, how much Ful-Power is used?

I’ve been soaking my barley for 12 hours in 1 quart mason jars with 1/2 tsp of kelp puree and 1/4 tsp of Ful-Power, after an initial 10 hour soak in clean water. I only make about 2 gallons at a time.

I’m sort of winging it on the Ful-Power amount but rather not play guessing games.

Clackamas Coot

October 26, 2020

The primary reason that I originally used barley seeds was that there are serious books available on the subject for brewers who live and die by maximizing the enzyme levels in their malts. That is also true with distillers for products derived from barley like Scotch whiskey. Corn is used to make bourbon and so on but at the very core of the process are enzymes.

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.

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.

The other big one is corn and this seed produces a wide range of Cytokinins on par with coconut water. With the international market demand for coconut water is pushing the price higher and higher and it’s only going to get worse. By using sprouted corn teas you will get the benefits from the Cytokinins without the expense. You don’t need to order organic corn seeds online or jump through hoops – just head over to your favorite supermarket and go to the popcorn section and buy an organic popcorn. Even Wallmart carries 3 or 4 brands of organic popcorn.

One thing about using corn is that I found it easier to puree these seeds once the tap roots grew out to 1″ or so which softened the original corn seed.

I switch between alfalfa and corn seeds during the vegetative for the compounds I mentioned. Cytokinins will increase the girth and tinsel strength of the side branches and stronger branches will produce larger and heavier flowers.

And finally consider this: enzymes function as catalysts which are responsible for thousands of metabolic processes that sustain plant, animal and human life. True, pure Fulvic acid is described by Dr. Robert Faust (BioAg and NOT Bio-Ag) as a ‘catalysts of catalysts’ so what I do is add Fulvic acid to the ready-to-apply tea and feel that the increased benefits justify the cost which if you buy BioAg Ful-Power correctly you can save over 40% vs. the MSRP.