By Ellaine Kryss Hubilla
Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ) is a fermented extract of chlorophyll and young shoots of plants such as axillary buds, leaves, grasses, young fruits and flowers. One important ingredient in producing FPJ is chlorophyll, a green molecule in plants that absorbs sunlight for photosynthesis. Consuming crops which are propagated using FPJ may help with blood detoxification, wound healing, immune system support, and cancer prevention.
This solution is rich in enzymes full of lactic acid and microorganisms like yeast. Through drenching the soil with the solution or by directly spraying it onto fruits and flowers, this fertilizer allows plants to improve their health and helps them grow vigorously.
In the Philippines, the most common plants used for this concoction are are water spinach or kangkong (Ipomoea aquatica), sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), and kakawate leaves (Gliricidia sepium). The plants mentioned are examples of fast developing plants with very active high-level growth hormones that helps improve any weaknesses that a plant may have.
1 kilogram of water spinach (Kang Kong)
1 kilogram of camote tops (Talbos ng kamote)
1 kilogram of banana trunk
1 kilogram of molasses
Any paper with porous surface (newspaper or cardboard)
Empty pail or container (20 litre capacity)
Empty bottles with lids
- Gather all the vegetables needed. Remove dirt from plants but do not wash them with water because it may eliminate useful microorganisms.
- Drain and dry the vegetables for five minutes. Slice every plant to an inch in size.
- Mix all the vegetables with the sliced banana trunk in a 20-liter container.
- Add the 1 kilogram of molasses and mix them again thoroughly.
- Place a nylon screen on top of the container and hold down with heavy weights.
- Cover the container with porous paper to allow air to circulate then tie it shut with rubber band or thread.
- Label the mixture bearing the name and date of fermentation.
- Keep it in a dark or shaded room for 7 days
- Open the mixture and extract the liquid.
- Filter the liquid and keep it in the bottle, but do not close the lid tightly. Loosen it to approximately one complete twist of the cap.
- Completely close cap after a week or when there are no more bubbles visible inside.
- The concoction is ready to use after extraction.
Mix 2 tablespoons of FPJ with 1 liter of clean water. In severe cases, double the dosage if needed.
For plants, prepare the same dosage; spray it on the leaves and trunks of the plants 1 to 2 times a week.
For animals, mix it with drinking water using the same dosage above, 2 times a week. It can also be mixed with their feeds at the same frequency.
From the seminar titled Organic Farming for Newbies presented by Agricultural Engineer and a Registered Organic Farmer Martina Reyna, held at Agriculture Training Institute Elliptical Road, Quezon City.