EM1 - Effective Microorganisms
What is EM1?
EM1 has been demonstrated to promote a more efficient release of nutrients from organic and microbial inputs, ultimately producing superior quality crops in terms of health, colour, flavour and yield.
EM1 is a Probiotic Liquid Microbial Inoculant that requires no brewing. It contains five families, ten genera and more than 80 types of aerobic and anaerobic microbes including lactic acid bacteria, phytosynthetic bacteria, yeasts, fungi and actinomycetes.
The use of EM1 leads to crops with improved health, flavour, colour and biomass by greatly increasing the content of disease preventing phytochemicals in and available to your plants. Studies have found that the fruit from EM1 treated plants have twice the antioxidant activity than the same plants in absence of EM1. These benefits are achieved in part through a 34-54% increase in:
- Flavanol’s and Flavonol’s responsible for certain flavours (and health benefits for humans),
- Anthocyanin’s responsible for gorgeous deep purple, blue and red colourations, as well as protection from overexposure to UV light,
- Other polyphenols used as signals in vital growth processes such as ripening, hormone control, deterrence of herbivores and the prevention of infection.
In addition, the beneficial microorganisms in EM1 accelerate the conversion of organic matter into humus and exude polysaccharides that lead to improved soil tilth.
Composting with EM1
On top of the fantastic benefits for your garden listed above, EM1 can also serve as a composting accelerator. The microbes in EM-accelerated compost help to suppress foul odours, and the compost itself achieves a slightly higher temperature in the early stages of composting which can more rapidly kill off pathogens (the final pathogen levels are no lower than a standard compost pile that has finished cooking, but could make your compost "useable" sooner). Ultimately, EM-accelerated compost will observe about a 1% increase in plant available Nitrogen content, a 70% fat reduction and a slightly enhanced humification process over the course of 3 months when compared to compost piles without EM1. This makes EM1 ideal for home composting.
How Do I Use EM1?
Use a sprayer to foliar feed with EM1 or add 2-4mL to 10L of water for a soil drench.
For best results apply no more than once per week throughout the growing season.
When composting: Using a solution of 4mL EM1 per 10L water, pre-treat organic matter with a sprayer.
THIS LISTING IS FOR 1L OF EM1