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Insect Frass

$7.50
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Product Description

Insect Frass 2-2-2 is an organic fertilizer and soil amendment derived from the excrement of herbivore insects, providing high quality nutrition for plants and soils.   

  • Water Soluble & Plant Available Nutrients
  • For ALL Stages of Plant Growth
  • Pure Insect Frass – No Additives or Fillers
  • 100% Natural – 100% Organic!

    Insect Frass has the added benefit of acting as a natural bio-pesticide/ biological defense.  Insect Frass contains high concentrations of Chitin (pronounced “Kite-in”).  When plants sense chitin concentration in the vicinity, they respond as if they are being infested and eaten by insects.  The presence of chitin triggers an "auto-immune" response in plants causing the plant to defend itself from pests and pathogens.  Plants begin to protect itself by strengthening its cell walls, producing more chute biomass (stalk and leaf material), and excreting secondary metabolites to ward off pests and pathogens.  As a natural bio-pesticide Chitin and chitosan has been recognized to help defend plants against botrytis (grey mold), powdery mildew, early and late blight, fungal pathogens in the root zone (root rot) and root-feeding nematodes.  (see FAQ's below)  

    Chitin is a naturally occurring molecule (Poly-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine).  Structurally, chitin is related to cellulose, which consists of long chains of glucose molecules linked to each other. Chitin is present in the shells of all crustaceans and insects, and in many fungi, algae, and yeast.    

    Insect Frass is an outstanding organic fertilizer for amending soils and/ or nourishing potted plants.  Low in sodium and chloride, this water soluble nutrient source can be used in a variety of ways, including as a hydroponic additive, a compost tea extract or as a foliar spray.

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FOR BEST RESULTS USE ONLY AS DIRECTED

Insect Frass for Row Crops & Raised Beds:
Add up to 1Lb. of insect frass per 20 sq. feet
Gently dig in to top 6 inches of soil and water thoroughly
Lightly top dress 2 times a month with frass and water thoroughly
Apply foliar weekly as below
For best results use dechlorinated or filtered water

Pre-Mix for Soil or Potted Plants:
Mix up to 1 cup insect frass per cubic foot soil or potting medium
Top dress or root drench 2 times a month
Apply frass foliar weekly as below
For best results use dechlorinated or filtered water

Full-Strength Insect Frass Tea Extract (root drench):
Add up to 1/2 cup insect frass per gallon dechlorinated water
Feed monthly or as desired
Use within 2 hours of mixing or refrigerate for up to 1 week
Do not store at room temperature

Hydroponic Insect Frass Base:
1/2 cup per gallon water
Keep pH within 5.5-6.5 range
For best results use organic acids (vinegar, lemon juice, peat tea etc.)
If using RO water, supplement Calcium & Iron
It is important to keep your reservoir in aerobic conditions.
Working microbes require a lot of oxygen.
Maintain nutrient temperature below 80 F. 27 C.
Run adequate air supply to reservoir 24 hours a day
(about double that of chem hydro)

Foliar:
1-2 tsp. per gallon dechlorinated water
For best results use weekly, not in direct sunlight and under 80 F. 27 C.
Apply to top and bottom of leaves
Use within 2 hours of mixing
Discard excess as root drench or refrigerate for up to 1 week
Do not store at room temperature

Hydroponic additive:
1-2 tbsp. insect frass per gallon nutrient solution
Keep well aerated

Compost Tea Extract:
2 tsp. insect frass per gallon dechlorinated water as a fungal food source.
(may be used as a substitute for Fish Hydrolysate)

 optional ingredients:

  • .5 oz Soluble Kelp
  • 1 oz Humic Acids

Actively Aerate for 24 - 48 hours and apply to root or leaf zone; tea should be kept aerated until it is applied

Q: What is Insect Frass?

A: Insect Frass is the excrement of herbivore insects.

Q: What do you feed the insects?

A: Vegetables, Cactus and Wheat Bran

Q: What are the little golden flakes and little black bits in the Frass?

A: Insect exoskeleton parts. They get through the sifter due to their size. They are beneficial.

Q: Does Insect Frass work with hydroponics and soil?

A: Yes, follow the particular Feeding Chart on the next page. Click on the tab above "Using Frass" to learn how to use Frass with other recommended organic inputs to improve yield and flavor. Go 100% Organic!

Q: How do I use Insect Frass?

A: It’s best to pre-mix into a growing media or soil, but if you’re plants are already started, add Insect Frass to water and root drench, or top dress and water thoroughly. See Feeding Chart by clicking above on "Using Frass" for specific directions.

Q: Will Insect Frass work as an Organic base-nutrient source?

A: Yes. All you need to add is a little gypsum or calcium carbonate (depending on your pH), and a little Nitrogen in the vegetative growth phase. See Feeding Chart.

Q: Can I use Insect Frass in my compost tea?

A: Yes. Insect Frass is a superb fungal food. Substitute for fish hydrolysate.

Q: Should I use Insect Frass as a foliar feed?

A: Yes. Add just 2 teaspoons per gallon water. Let sit for 30 minutes, then apply.

Q: Is Insect Frass 100% soluble?

A: No. If you’re using a drip system or using as foliar feed, make sure to strain Insect Frass with a sock or women’s nylon. If you don’t have a strainer, you can put Frass in a container with water, stir, let sit for 30 minutes, then use just the top portion. The solids will settle at the bottom of the container.

Q: How do use Insect Frass if I have a drip system? 

A: Pre-mix Insect Frass into your grow medium if possible. If your plants are already started make an extract by putting ½ cup per gallon water for full strength organic nutrient base, and root drench by hand into each plant. If you’re using a separate nutrient feeding program only use 1 tablespoon per gallon.

Q: What is Chitin?

A: Chitin is a naturally occurring molecule (Poly-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine). Structurally, it is related to cellulose, which consists of long chains of glucose molecules linked to each other. Chitin is present in the shells of all crustaceans and insects, and in certain other organisms including many fungi, algae, and yeast.

Q: What makes insect Chitin better than crustacean Chitin?

A: In simple terms, insect chitin is the form used by plants in nature. Crustacean chitin is trapped in the calcified shell. In order to get the chitin from inside the calcified shell, it must be boiled in potassium hydroxide acid (tremendously toxic and very dangerous, certainly not organic). On the other hand, the chitin in insect frass is broken down by the plant naturally, by the chitinase enzyme produced by the plants own immune-response-system. That’s organic!

Q: What does Chitin do for plants?

A: Chitin triggers a plant’s immune-response-system causing the plant to defend itself from pests and pathogens. Chitin is a natural bio pesticide, and is known to kill root-feeding nematodes and their eggs, and fungal pathogens in the root zone. When plants sense Chitin in the vicinity, they think they are being eaten by insects, so the plant protects itself by strengthening its cell walls, produces more chute biomass (stalk and leaf material) and excretes secondary metabolites to ward off pests and pathogens.

Q: What is Chitosan?

A: Chitosan is the plant available form of Chitin, and it is created when the plant’s immune-response-system excretes a natural enzyme called Chitinase, which breaks down Chitin into Chitosan, which is a plant growth enhancer and a substance that boosts the ability of plants to defend themselves against fungal diseases such as downy and powdery mildew, botrytis (gray mold), and early and late blight when applied as a foliar feed (and in our experience it also kills fungus gnats, mites, white flies, etc. Just about any pest that eats plants).

Q: What if I just want the benefits of chitin and not use Insect Frass as a base organic nutrient?

A: Use less. Up to 1 tablespoon per gallon for foliar or root drench.

Try it. We think you will love it! We guarantee it!

Insect Frass is made from USA farm grown insects.

Click on image to download Insect Frass WSDA Organic Certificate

Click on image to download Insect Frass Hydroponics Instructions

Click on image to download our Hydroponics Instructions

Click on image to download our Applications and Benefits Sheet 

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