Plant Derived Plant Biomass-Tea

Bioponica pioneers its method of fertilizer production through a process that is similar to compost teas except that the organic matter is not pre-composted.

Instead the fertilizer is lysed from the organic biomass blends through silage and/or within anaerobic bags sumbmerged in the soilless water tanks. Unlike composting, the process is fast, labor-free and retains a high percentage of nutrients within the system.  

Fresh dehydrated green biomass used in our Biomass-Tea™ is blend prepared from a various waste-resources to provide a balanced extraction of liquid of nitrogen, phosphorus, minerals and all other trace and macro elements. Beyond the standard levels of desired nutrients for growing different plant varieties, a bioponic leachate tea gives us plant-derived vitamins, growth factors, functional compounds and enzymes that take plant performance and disease resistance to an entirely new level. 

Questions and Answers

I'm use chemicals now. Can I also use Biomass-Tea?

Not simultaneously, unless you want your system to start to stink. This is because typically there are few microorganisms in the hydroponic grow media to nitrify ammonia into nitrate. Ammonia smells and the organic odor will be strong in hydroponic setups that do not have a biological or mechanical filter. What is partly organic anyway? 

How do I transition from hydro to biooponics?

  1. Start by cleaning your stones, rinsing chemicals and salts.

  2. Allow time for the chlorinated water to disspiate, or use use spring, well, pond or rainwater.

  3. Then it is helpful to put some organics into the media, such as root's from a good oldwood tree or from a bamboo thicket.

  4. Roots contain microbes that are beneficial for growing plants. See section on microbes for more info. 

  5. If you have a bacterial culture that you want to add, the time would be after you've added roots to the media.

  6. Add Biomass Tea to your grow beds or see FAQ's on how to make your own

  7. Read section on how many pounds of the bagged biomas to use per plant type grown, per square foot of growing area.

What does it means if the area has a strong ammonia or sulfur odor?

It means you're either using too much biomass or Biomass Tea per grow area capacity or else the microbes have not fully colonized in the grow beds that will convert the ammonia. Need more nitrifyers.

What's wrong with using hydroponic chemicals?

The list is long...but we'll through out a few reasons:

  1. Ammonia and nitrates are made from petroleum. This is a major cause of greenhouse gasses and CO2 in the atmosphere.

  2. Mined minerals such as potassium and phosphates are strip mined. estroying nature so farmers can grow plants is bassakwards logic.

  3. Mined minerals contain chlorides which make up salts that impair root nutrient uptake and benefical microorganism vitality.

  4. Fertilizer transportation costs are expensive and spews CO2 into the atmosphere.

  5. Chemical fertilizers don't grow on trees, like bioponic fertilizer. You have to pay for them. 


How does Biomass Tea cost copare to chemical fertilizers?

To raise tomatoes it'll cost about $50-70 per square foot per growing season. About the same as chemical fertilizers. For lettuces and other plants its much less.

:How does Biomass Tea cost copare to compost teas?

When we use extracts from green biomass the quality and availability of nutrients is much greater than from compost teas. Compost teas are intended more for their microbial use. We encourage compost teas for grow media enhancement which also improved plant performance by making nutrients more available. But the availability of nutrients is greatest when we use a Green Juice Biomass Tea.   

Do tables that have tanks below provide CO2 to plants?

Yes, in addition to ammonia rich fertilizers from biomass, CO2 is released with the bacterial decomposition of the carbon rich extracts.   

Questions and Answers

What forms of biomass are used to create a liquid fertilizer in a bioponic system?

Bioponica encourages the use of a variety of green biomass products for fertilizing plants. This includes a range of grasses, food discards and other non animal waste sources of plant matter.

What is the process for extracting nutrients to make a fertilizer from green biomass?

Bioponica method employs a process of anaerobic digestion. By submerging blends of grasses, weeds and other matter in burlap and muslin bags nutrients are decomposed in a low oxygen environment. This gives rise to anaerobic and acid fermentation with the aid of microorganisms that are either added to the bag or occur naturally.

Is it possible to just put any mix of grasses in the bag to make fertilizer?

Yes and no. Nutrients will definitely extract from all forms of biomass. But some plant and food discard sources are deficient in specific minerals or trace elements. The process can be improved by addition of certain microbes and even by predigesting with a silage or freezing pretreatment. 

What are the advantages to using a Bioponica Biomass-Tea?

The advantage is that with Biomass-Teagrowers get a blend of dehydrated plant matter that is blended to provide specific the nutrients that are needed by different plants grown. There are several blends of Biomass-Tea™ designed for heavy or not-so-heavy feeding plants. For instance, lettuces need less of certain nutrients than tomatoes and other fruiting plants.

How does a grower know what amount of Biomass-Tea to use for specific plants with different needs, growing at different rates?

Biomass-Tea™ blends include instructions for how many pounds or bags to use for growing the different varieties of plants. One blend works well for low feeders, another for tomatoes and other heavy feeders. Custom blends are made for larger growing operations to meet specific plant needs.

How do the organic Biomass-Teas compare in price to the chemical fertilizers available through hydroponic distributors?

Prices are very competitive. For example, on average it takes about $50-60 worth of manufactured fertilizers to grow 100 square feet of tomatoes per growing cycle. With Biomass-Tea™, growers will also spend $50-60 per hundred square feet. Lettuces require much less.

Does Bioponica teach growers how to mix their own blends?

Yes, we cover this in our workshops and will offer it online in online calculators once we get our programming together for this task. We will assist with calculating mass weight required of different biomass grasses and food discard souces. Again this varies from plant to plant grown and from waste source to waste source. 

Why is the Bioponica fertilizer production process more sustainable?

There are many reasons. For one it creates greater food security if farmers can rely on their own means and greens to fertilize their plants.

Also, when growers become foragers and scavengers of grass and biomass instead of relying on manufactured fertilizers then they become stewards of the land. 

Using on-site derived nutrients also reduces the carbon footprint of farming in a very big way.

I hear that urine is a good source of fertilizer is that true?

Indeed. Human urine is full of nutrients. It also eliminates need for many nutrients added to manufactured fertilizers and even green biomass. For instance, urine is a great supplement to feeding tomatoes because grasses and most pre-consumer, non-meat food discards are low in sodium.  

Isn't human urine full of bacteria and other unwanted elements?

Urine is typically sterile. Storing urine, in its high ammonia concentration also destroys any bacteria that may be introduced when urine separation techniques are not perfect. We do not recommend using urine from individuals who take medicines or else you might as well use tap water. While risk of transfer is minor, particulary within a family growing system, we discourage urine use from individuals who have hepatitis or other chronic infection that may end up in urine. 

What are examples of the plant matter used in Biomass-Tea 100% plant derived biomass fertilizers?

Our blends include a rich combination of cover crops, nitrogen and phosphorus scavengers and mineral rich plants. It is derived from a blend that may include one or more parts of clover, kudzu, mulberry leaves, ironweed, bahia grass, orchard grass, johnson grass, crabgrass, wheat grass, rye grass, barley grass, alfalfa and in some blends organic cottonseed meal.  

How is bioponics, which can include fish, easier than aquaponics?

Bioponics is a much easier approach to organic soilless gardening than aquaponics because growers are not dependent on raising fish to produce plants. Not only that we can make stronger fertilizer by using naturally derived, abundantly available green biomass waste resources. Collecting grass, weeds and food discards is much easier than raising fish and gives us more fruit bearing crops.