Soil Mender Alfalfa Meal
Alfalfa as an organic gardening product provides many nutritional benefits not only for plant use, but for soil organisms as well. One very important ingredient is tricontanol, a powerful plant growth regulator. Orchid and rose growers make an alfalfa tea and spray it directly on as a foliar fertilizer. Alfalfa is very high in vitamins, plus N-P-K-Ca, Mg, and other valuable minerals. It also includes sugars, starches, proteins, fiber and 16 amino acids.
Alfalfa helps plants create larger flowers and increases the tolerance to cold. Make alfalfa tea by soaking 1 cup of alfalfa meal per 5 gallon of water. Good for all flowering plants. Research has shown that using more is not better. At recommended rates alfalfa worked wonders on roses but it could be overused causing adverse effects. Use only as directed.
Apply as needed as a top dressing and water in or brew as a tea. Apply dry at 1 lb per 100 sq ft. Caution - if placed in the root zone, the rapid decomposition of alfalfa will generate heat which can damage roots.
Total Nitrogen (N) ........................3.0%
Available Phosphate (P2O5)......1.0%
Soluble Potash (K2O)...................2.0%