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Alfalfa meal

Posted by zucchini19 (My Page) on
Fri, May 14, 10 at 17:13

Hi All,

I really appreciate the info you are sharing here. Great help.

I have few roses and i would like to try the alfalfa tea for the first time, so where can i find this in meal/pellet form.

I have been searching for this in walmart...but no luck.

whats are the possible brand names, and grocery stores.

I really appreciate your help.

Thanks,
zucchini.


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RE: Alfalfa meal

You're looking in the wrong places. It is typically used as horse or rabbit food, so you need a feed store. Make sure it has no added salt.


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RE: Alfalfa meal

Since this is an organic forum, thought it might be helpful to know that a poster on the Antique rose forum pointed out that Alfalfa is heavily contaminated with pesticides. I just purchased organic alfalfa meal today. 3 Brands that carry organic alfalfa are: Dr Earth, Whitney farms and EB Stone


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RE: Alfalfa meal

um, maybe I should correct that. These brands probably use the word 'organic' descriptively for their alfalfa. I'm not sure the alfalfa itself was grown organically. Certified organic alfalfa can be purchased at Dirtworks.


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Huttnem, I have tried to locate the thread on the Antique rose forum regarding 'alfala heavily contaminated with pesticides', and I can't find it. This is very upsetting news to me. I garden organically, and use alfalfa pellets all the time, including on my food crops. I DO NOT want to introduce pesticide residue into my garden! Where did this comment come from and was there anything to back up this claim? Thanks so much for any information you can provide.
Judith


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RE: Alfalfa meal

Hi I have gotten alfalfa meal from Gardener's Supply(Mail order) in the past, but it is expensive and I don't know if it is organic(Most of what they sell is). I already used it and threw away the bag.
roseberri


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RE: Alfalfa meal

What is alfalfa meal for?


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RE: Alfalfa meal

It is a soil amendment to add organic matter into the soil. It has an NPK value of approximately 3-1-2. Alfalfa also contains a high amount of a growth hormone, Triacontanol. By soaking alfalfa in water, the Triacontanol is released and the resulting "tea" is used by many rose growers to help stimulate the growth of a plant.


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How often do you use the alfalfa meal.


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RE: Alfalfa meal

There isn't really a schedule. It should be based on what your soil needs. But, most people don't follow that advice. Some people use it once a season, some use it once a month during the growing season.


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