Molasses is an excellent natural sweetener for plants (as well as for you!). It is not only a sweet source of energy, but it is rich in beneficial nutrients. What is the most ideal way to use molasses in gardening? Dried or as a liquid? How much, and when?
Dried molasses products for organic gardening are not literally dried molasses, but rather a grain (such as soy) that has been doused with liquid molasses. What are the benefits? Dried molasses becomes a ready source of energy to stimulate microbe activity and life. It is also a good source of soil nutrients, such as carbon, potasssium, and iron. Both dried and liquid molasses also repel fire ants.
How to use? Look for a quality product that has a sugar level of around 42%. Dried molasses as a natural organic fertilizer can be found at most garden stores. Twenty pounds per 1,000 square feet is recommended, although using less may actually yield better results. Add to the soil when it is dry outside and when it is not going to rain for a few days. Do not add water. Water plus dried molasses equals a sticky mess.
Liquid molasses on the other hand is pure molasses. It is a rich, syrupy source of food for microorganisms, as well as a source of carbon and sulfur for the soil. Use about 2 quarts per acre. To use dilute one ounce of molasses in one gallon of water and spray onto the soil. Keep in mind, darker, high quality molasses is richer in trace minerals and more beneficial.