Horsetail tea has a natural plant-strengthening effect. We demonstrate the advantages, uses, and proper preparation of the well-known broth.
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What is Horsetail Tea or Broth
Equisetum arvense, commonly known as field horsetail, is a versatile plant. However, the horsetail plant’s benefits don’t end there. The plant has long been used in natural medicine, cosmetics, and even in the home due to its numerous beneficial properties.
Field horsetail was once used to clean tin-plated household utensils, hence the common name “tinweed.” There is a reason why this works so well: the silica crystals that are kept in the device. For the plant-strengthening action, silicic acid is solely to blame. There are other names for this condition being bandied about on the internet, including extract, tea, slurry, and cold water deprivation. Field horsetail is nearly always used to make soup.
Advantages & Effect of Horsetail broth
Field horsetail has a high concentration of silicic acid, making it one of the most toxic plants on the planet. Because silicic acid strengthens plant tissues, fungi have a hard time infecting those that have been strengthened. So, fungi normally infect a plant with fungal spores, which is why this is the case.
This develops into a root-like organ. To feed on the plant, the spore must enter the leaf tissue. The fungus spores starve to death if this method fails due to stubborn plant tissue. But fungi aren’t the only ones who have it tough (such as powdery mildew).
Aphids and other sucking insects favor weak plants because the cell membrane of the leaves and stems may be more easily punctured by the insects’ sucking mouthpart.
It is critical to use horsetail broth as a preventive step because it does not immediately affect the pest. The effects of the field horsetail will only become apparent after that point. The reason for this is that it cannot be used to suppress an existing fungal infestation as a plant protection agent.
The silica content in the leaves will decrease if the field horsetail soup is not watered or sprayed on a regular basis. Horsetail broth should be administered on a schedule of every 14 days.
A horsetail soup made from field horsetail is perfectly safe to use on vegetables like tomato, cucumber, and zucchini, as well as on roses and other plants that are prone to fungus.
How to use Horsetail Liquid in Gardens
The following products have proven themselves in our garden:
Field horsetail extract: plant aid that promotes healthy and vigorous growth.
Field horsetail herb: Gently dried, all-natural field horsetail for the production of broths and saps.
Preparing Horsetail Liquid Manure
If you’d like to make an extract from field horsetail, here’s what you’ll need to know: Even in agriculture, field horsetail is a dreaded weed that’s nearly impossible to eradicate. If this deep-rooted plant doesn’t really grow in your garden, you should be happy.
However, the undemanding herb has no trouble with a culture in a pot. A dried herb such as field horsetail can readily be purchased from an online store if you need it right away. There are also pre-made preparations to choose from. Compared to making liquid manure, making broth saves a significant amount of time.
Preparation is as simple as soaking the fresh or dried wild horsetail for 24 hours in water.
Mixing ratio: 1 kg fresh field horsetail or 150 grams dried field horsetail to 10 liters of water is the recommended dilution rate for this organic garden remedy.
Preparing the decoction in this manner takes about 30 minutes, and then it’s ready. After that, all that’s left is for the concoction to cool. When using horsetail stems as a watering source, coarse sifting is all that’s needed.
Use a coffee filter when applying the broth with a syringe. Otherwise, the syringe’s nozzle will quickly become clogged with small suspended particles.
Ready-made broth of field horsetail: One part of the broth should still be diluted with five parts water (1:5) for application.
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