Macerate of nettle: what it is for and how to prepare it. How to grow nettles and where to find seeds or macerate ready for use.
Common nettle and minor nettle
We call itcommon nettleand its scientific name isUrtica dioica. It is a very widespread herbaceous perennial plant: it is native to Asia, Europe, North Africa and North America. If you've ever wonderedbecause the nettle stings, know that it is all related to his "hair". The surface of the plant has hairs which, when touched, expel a fluid "stinging ", capable of causing burning and itching in humans and animals.
There is another species of nettle that grows spontaneously in the fields and that has the same properties as the common nettle; let's talk aboutUrtica Urensalso known aslesser nettle. L'lesser nettleit is more tender and delicate than its "elder" sister Urtica dioica. Due to its delicacy it is less stinging so it is known as the nettle that does not sting! The minor nettle is widely used in the kitchen for omelettes, to prepare beneficial herbal teas and is also widely used in agriculture for the preparation of macerated products.
Always, theurtica dioica and urtica urensthey are popular for beneficial properties and uses. Nettle is used in medicine, in agriculture (both as a fertilizer and as a repellent), in textiles (to produce fabrics similar to hemp or linen), in cooking and in folk medicine.
How to grow nettle
Even if it is treated as a weed, there are those who decide to start onecultivationofUrtica dioicaorUrtica urensfor the preparation of macerates, remedies or culinary recipes.
If you want to grow nettles, remember that it is still a weed, so be careful to manage cultivation carefully: nettles propagate easily! If you don't know how to start a nettle cultivation, just start with sowing. Nettle seeds have good germination properties and plants develop easily with optimal temperatures.
Nettle seeds are not very easy to find. You can contact agricultural consortia or buy them using the online purchase. There are several retailers on Amazon that offer nettle seed sachets for a few euros. For all information, I refer you to the page:sachets of nettle seeds.
Macerate of nettle in agriculture, what is it for
The nettle macerate it is the best known among the natural preparations for the defense of vegetable and garden plants from the most common parasites. Thenettle macerateIt also protects plants from various fungal diseases.
It can be prepared at home and is effective in the fight against aphids, spider mites and other plant pests. It can be used with a light heart both on horticultural crops and on orchards or ornamental plants.
Species are used in agricultureUrtica dioicaand the Urtica urens. In organic farming, nettle macerates are used to ward off parasitic insects and to prevent fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and downy mildew. They are used to strengthen the resistance of plants, to improve the quality of humus and for mulching.
How to prepare a nettle macerate
The whole plant is used, removed only the roots, in the measure of half a kilo of dry nettle or 1 kilo of fresh nettle in 10 liters of water and is macerated in a basin, stirring from time to time. For simplicity, the nettle can be macerated in a jute bag, in this way you will avoid having to filter. The maceration times vary, ranging from 12 - 24 hours, up to longer times of 4 - 10 days. Let's now see the methods of use.
How to use the nettle macerate
The young macerate of 12 hours is used concentrated, distributed directly on the plants with a sprayer, at the first appearance of parasites.
The most concentrated macerate (prepared in 4 days) is used diluted with water in a ratio of 1:50. Those who have horsetail can combine the nettle macerate with the horsetail decoction in the proportion of two liters of nettle macerate and one liter of horsetail decoction. Also in this case, the mixture must be further diluted with water in a ratio of 1:50 (1 liter of macerate in 50 liters of water) to be able to spray it directly on the plants to be treated and protected.
The mature macerate of 8-10 days must be diluted 1:10 with water and is used only on the foot of the plants.
Warnings for the use of nettle macerate
For particularly delicate flowering and ornamental plants, distribution at the foot is preferable rather than spraying the leaves.
Where to find nettles and where to buy ready-made macerate
As stated, nettles can be grown on the edge of the garden starting from the seed. Those who prefer can collect the nettles that grow spontaneously.
Nettles grow throughout Italy, in uncultivated fields, in the woods, in the plains and up to halfway up the mountain, up to 1800 m. Nettle is a spontaneous perennial herb and can grow up to one and a half meters in height, but it is easier to find around 50 centimeters. It is recognized by the erect stem and above all by the deeply toothed margin of the leaves.
The best nettles are harvested with the first heat of summer. If, in your garden, you don't have nettles, you can buy the macerates from garden centers and agricultural consortia. Nettle macerate is such a "powerful" remedy that it could not be missing on Amazon where it is sold in concentrated 1-liter packs. Generally, 100 ml is diluted in 5 liters of water but always read the directions because each manufacturer has its own concentrations and dosages.
How much? The nettle macerate gets paid a bit like allnatural and organic remedies(so it's better if you make it yourself!). On Amazon, a one-liter bottle costs around 19 - 25 euros with shipping costs included in the price. For all the info:nettle macerate.
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