Vermicompost Leachate – Will it Harm Plants?

One of the most hotly debated questions in vermicomposting is this, is vermicompost leachate good or bad for plants? Some say it is great for plants and use it all of the time. Others warn that it should not be used because it contains phytotoxins (plant poisons) and pathogens.

What I find most interesting about this debate is that both sides claim to be correct and yet neither side takes the time to do a search for some scientific evidence to support their position. I guess I approach things differently and the science in this case is easy to find – one Google Scholar search will do it.

Let’s look at the facts surrounding vermicompost leachate.

Vermicompost Leachate - Will it Harm Plants?
Vermicompost Leachate – Will it Harm Plants? Credit: J&J Acres and Deep Green Permaculture

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