NEW Blended Botanical Tonics!
After two years in the making, I couldn’t be more excited to bring you our latest creations in the form of a brand NEW line of Botanical Tonics! If you’ve been following closely you’ll know that we personally love to apply blends of our Botanical Tonics rather than individually and have been so happy with the results and ease of use that we decided to formulate three unique blends as our NEW Botanical Tonic lineup! (Don’t worry, we will still be producing the original four Tonics separately so those of you that like to use them as is or in your own blends, you still can!).
Introducing the New Lineup!: Leaf Tonic — Leaf Tonic + Neem! — Soil & Leaf Tonic
We begin each of these three botanical blends with these key ingredients:
- FRESH Aloe vera: high in hormones, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, saponins & its cellular water.
- Kelp: Trace minerals, 60 micronutrients, hormones (high in cytokinins), amino acids, vitamins & enzymes.
- LIVE Sprout Blend: That’s right! We germinate & extract massive amounts of Fresh, living sprouts high in all the phytohormones, enzymes, minerals and the cellular water from the sprouts is fully extracted as well!
- Soapnut berry extract: High in minerals & loaded with Saponins (35 types!). The saponin content alone acts both as a pesticide and triggers the plants natural immune system, SAR (systemic acquired resistance). It is the high saponin content that provides the powerful emulsification properties needed to incorporate oil based foliar applications.
Aloe, kelp, sprouts & soapnut come together as a wonderful base in all three new Botanical Tonics to nourish your plants with organic, plant derived nutrients, growth stimulants & increase their immune system.
That’s what you’re getting in each and every bottle, but what’s unique to the individual Tonics? Here’s what!!
Adds select high terpene herbs such as Peppermint, lemon verbena, and rosemary as well as our blend of citrus peels providing an added level of pest prevention. Leaf Tonic is, as the name implies, designed to be sprayed on the plants themselves as a ‘foliar spray’ as often as once weekly, or as needed. Can be used at a higher frequency (daily or every other day) and rate for existing pest infestations. Our Leaf Tonic is a great option to give your plants a regular shower for health, nutrition and pest prevention! This product can also be used as an emulsifier for Neem, Karanja and other oils! For 1 gallon of water use 10ml Leaf Tonic with 5-10ml oil of your choice. I prefer to use a quart jar half filled with lukewarm water, add the above amounts and give it a shake! You’ll notice the mixture turns milky in color which is what you want to see when making an oil water soluble, it is now emulsified and can be added to your sprayer with additional water to make up the proper ratio.
Leaf Tonic + Neem!
It’s finally here! The worlds first and only all-in-one pre-mixed Neem Oil concentrate! We took the Leaf Tonic as a base, added extracts of Neem leaf, bark, seed cake, cold-pressed organic Neem Oil & the essential oils of Peppermint & Lemongrass to make the ultimate foliar spray to knock out all your pest problems while fertilizing and keeping your plants happy at the same time! SHAKE WELL before using and enjoy the bonus aromatherapy as you shower your plants with love!
At only 10ml/gal recommended rate you’ll be using LESS with BETTER results and only dealing with one concentrated liquid. Neem Oil does start to solidify below room temp so if you notice a solid layer floating on top run the bottle under warm water, give it a good shake and you’re good to go. Now the amazing and inherent BENEFIT of Neem Oil pre-blended with our Botanical Tonic, we use a FRACTION of the amount of oil you would otherwise use with equal or even better results and here’s why. The active compounds in the Neem Oil are actually extracted into the water soluble part of the tonics. This means the active compounds are more readily available, more potent meaning LESS goes farther! Just use a total of 10ml Leaf + Neem! Tonic and be amazed with the results!
I prefer to add the amount I’ll need for my sprayer into a jar with lukewarm water, shake well, and dilute into the sprayer with the full amount of water (unless you’re using a small 16 or 32oz handsprayer in which case it goes right in!).
Soil & Leaf Tonic:
The soil friendly Tonic! To the base of Aloe, kelp, sprouts and soapnut we formulated our Soil & Leaf Tonic adding the water-soluble extracts from the Neem tree (leaf, bark & seed cake post oil extraction). This blend provides a highly nutritious fertilizer that can be applied as a foliar spray or soil drench. When applied as a soil drench the soapnut & neem extracts will help rid and prevent soil born pests such as fungus gnats and root aphids. Neem is also high in Sulphur which plays an important role in the aroma and flavor of food & medicine crops. So for your aromatic (herbs) and veggies make sure to give them a boost in the flavor department with a Soil & Leaf Tonic drench! As the name implies, this Tonic is also great as a foliar application, as all our tonics are! Just like the Leaf Tonic, you can also use this as the emulsifier for Neem oil.
Thank You So Much for trying our products out and we hope you and your gardens enjoy them as much as we do!
About our Plant Tonics, The Original Four:
100% Organic Plant Tonics for Plant Health & Pest Prevention. Our solution to providing gardens of all sizes an all natural, easy to use, all-in-one plant health supplement & pest prevention. From food crops to houseplants, ornamentals to orchards & landscaping to medicinal herbs, we have you covered!
Our Tonics are completely plant-derived and cold extracted over several months to ensure a complete extraction & preservation of active compounds. All of our products start with a complete extraction of FRESH Aloe vera which is high in plant hormones, enzymes, minerals and is a good health supplement for all plants at all stages of growth! Concentrated & easily diluted in water making for a quick and easy foliar spray or soil drench. Our line up includes:
- Sprout Tonic - A hormone, enzyme & mineral rich Tonic that starts with concentrated extracts of several varieties of LIVE Sprouts combined with the mineral rich extracts of nutrient accumulating herbs such as Comfrey, Kelp & Stinging Nettle.
- Citrus Herb Tonic - This Tonic focuses on the terpene & mineral rich extracts of Citrus peels along with several terpene rich herbs such as lemongrass & peppermint. As good a fertilizer as it is a pest preventative!
- Neem Tonic - The worlds only ‘whole plant’ concentrated Neem product including extracts of the Neem leaf, bark & seed, combining a wide range of pesticidal compounds and high in nutrients, Neem is particularly rich in Sulphur.
- Ritha Tonic - A highly concentrated saponin rich extract of the Soapnut. This Tonic is an amazing stand alone fertilizer & pesticide (leaf and soil born pests), it is excellent at rehydrating dry or hydrophobic soils, and our favorite application is to use this as the emulsifying agent for Neem or Karanja Oil!
All Tonics can be used for foliar or soil drench at 5ml-10ml per gal, applied once weekly for regular maintenance. Can be used daily or as needed for pest outbreaks and to quickly increase the health/growth rate of lackluster plants (combined with proper environment & watering needs).
How to best use our Tonics?
Simply pick one or two that best suites your needs and alternate each week, or combine into one application.
Alternate all four Tonics, one each week.
Lastly, our favorite way to use them for a regular health supplement & pest preventative is to simply combine all four, in equal amounts, into one weekly foliar spray! For best results thoroughly apply to tops and bottoms of all leaves & stems.
Plant stomata are most concentrated on the underside of leaves where they are protected from light/heat. It is these microscopic openings that plants breath & transpire from and are also the openings that the plant will uptake the nutrients/minerals, hormones etc. that are in our Tonics!
*For sensitive plants use at just 2.5ml-5ml per gal, 1x-2x per month.
For houseplants during winter or times of little to no growth, reduce application rates by half recommendation and apply no more than 1x per month. Once warm weather hits or growth resumes, a Sprout Tonic soil drench is a great application to kickstart vibrant new growth!
Because they are AMAZING! So much nutrition in such a little package and we set out to concentrate & preserve these compounds to be utilized by YOUR plants to grow healthier, happier, vigorous, nutrient rich plants with brighter blossoms and bigger yields! So let us discuss a minute the germination process and what makes them so amazing!
The germination process is incredibly fascinating. The awakening of life from a dormant state by way of one of the greatest bursts of energy that naturally occurs on Earth! The initial germination stage begins when, under the right conditions, the seed coat is able to imbibe (absorb) water which then triggers a genetic signal to start creating the building blocks of life which is largely an enzymatic driven process as the seed embryo pumps out great amounts of various enzymes (amylase, protease, urease, chitinase, phosphatase to name a few) in order to break down larger molecules into base elements thus arranging them into new ones with new purposes!
As the root tip (radicle) emerges the rapidly growing sprout switches to hormone production (auxins/IAA, cytokinins, ABA, SA, ET, Gibberellins, brassinosteroids etc) and is pumping out high levels of these phytohormones (aka PGR Plant Growth Regulators) that the plant will never experience again in its life. Hormones play a huge role in many different aspects of plant growth, including pest resistance and a number of signaling pathways, and at this young stage the plant needs these excessive levels of hormones to start differentiating itself at the molecular level (creating roots, stems, leaves, above/below ground parts etc), protecting its tender young flesh from pest/disease and then storing these compounds in different parts of the plant to later be called upon as and when needed for various functions such as apical growth, flower to fruit to seed, and even senescence.
From here the seedling is prepared to emerge its first leaf or pair of leaves that it came equipped with in the seed embryo itself, the cotyledon(s)! While hormone activity is dominating the root tip the seedling is now transferring nutrient reserves into the cotyledon(s), concentrating these nutrients to aid in above ground development making for an incredibly nutrient dense sprout!
As a concentrated extract in our Sprout Tonic we are able to naturally provide plants these hormones & nutrients at levels they can otherwise no longer create on their own as an adult plant. Whether via soil root uptake or foliar stomatal uptake the plant can accept these compounds, as needed/wanted, to enhance various aspects of growth, flower development, bud set, yield, stem/leaf cell strengthening and increasing the plants natural pest resistance including how effective/quick it is at responding to pest/disease attack.
It is this combination of high levels of plant hormones and nutrients/minerals that make our Sprout Tonic such an incredible supplement for young growing plants, mature plants and flowering plants of all types from heavy feeding agricultural crops, herbs, flowers, houseplants & even succulents! Full strength for the heavy feeders or half/quarter strength for the more sensitive houseplants/succulents that still need and want a feeding, just not as much!
Hope you enjoyed learning a little more about sprouts with us and if you haven’t tried them yet, do your garden a favor and pick up some Sprout Tonic today! You won’t regret it!