From the Archives
of the Rare Fruit Council of Australia, inc.
by Christine Gray
Molasses as a Fertilizer?
It has been written that Molasses is a 'perfect food' as it contains a rich natural source of important nutrients.
Cyril Scott's book, Crude Black Molasses, Nature's Wonder Food, he
quotes that molasses contains B group Vitamins and an impressive range
of minerals including potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium.
tried to get a break-up analysis of our Mossman Mill molasses, but none
was available at this time, but one chemist did say that it must be
high in nutrients, as the nutrient loss after the sugar cane is
processed can only go out in the molasses or in the mill mud. Molasses
is a complete by product from the sugar cane.
Any organic matter is good for the soil. Molasses is a concentrated organic matter.
cane farmers in the old days used to apply molasses to the soil every
two years and they had good results with growing their sugar cane. Don
has been using molasses around our trees for a few years now. Most of
our land is poor clay soil.
Don's theory is that the molasses
does not actually feed the soil but feeds the micro-organisms, and they
in turn feed the earth worms and the earth worms improve the soil.
must be applied carefully with precautions, as we have known some
people to have killed trees by breaking down the molasses with water
and applying it straight to the tree. The tree is saturated with too
many nutrients, the young feeder roots are burnt and soon the tree dies.
says that the molasses must be applied in the dry season. Don applies
the molasses full strength in a large circle at least one pace out from
the drip line. About 1 bucket (2 gallons) to a tree. The molasses soon
turns to a black organic substance. When the wet weather comes, about
four months later, the tree takes up the nutrients which have been
broken down by the earth worms and are rendered harmless to the tree.
Also, by then the feeder roots have reached the circle of molasses.
it does tend to rain early or irrigation water wets the molasses before
the molasses is broken down, the young feeder roots have not reached
the circle of molasses and no harm is done to the tree.
All we can say is that the molasses must be helping the trees, as they all look healthy and lush.