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EM1 Concentrate

$31.00 NZD

The EM1 bottle and label have recently changed. The bottle now includes a built-in measuring compartment, much easier! New photos coming soon.


Healthy soil


Healthy soil grows bigger, healthier, more disease-resistant, pest-resistant plants. Super-charge your indoor plant potting mix and outdoor soil organically with EM1. A liquid inoculant packed full of beneficial microbes that create a healthier micro-biome in your soil. With increased organic activity comes a whole host of benefits for our indoor plants, and outdoor gardens too. Including increased soil quality and fertility, increased pest and disease resistance, and a growth boost from roots to foliage, flowers to fruit. 


How was EM1 discovered?

Used in over 140 countries world-wide, EM1 was originally developed in Okinawa, Japan in the 80's, by University Professor Dr. Teruo Higa. The exact blend was perfected as a result of Dr. Higa's extensive research into the many individual microorganisms important for soil fertility and plant growth, inspired by his search for alternatives to agro-chemicals and pesticides. 

What's in EM1?

A whole host of good guys, dormant and waiting to activate, including photosynthesizing bacteria, multiple strains of lactic acid bacteria, yeasts and more. EM1's also shown to increase growth of other beneficial soil fungi such as mycorrhizal fungi - EM1 and Myco make a great combo.

The microbes in EM1 break down organic matter in soil, turning it into food for our plants, releasing nutrients locked in the soil, and helping convert less immediately accessible nutrient sources like urea, into life-giving essential minerals like nitrogen. 

One of the major beneficials in EM1 are photosynthetic bacteria. In soil, they've been shown to increase root growth, and produce sugars that feed other beneficial bacteria. On the leaf surface, they produce phytohormonesprotective molecules that increase growth while helping plants defend against both abiotic and biotic stresses, reducing the risk of root rot, temperature stress, pest attack and diseases. 


Does EM1 work in soil-less potting mixes?

Yes, EM1 is not only for outdoor gardening. It works very well in soil-less mixes to inoculate indoor plants, bringing their substrate closer to nature, increasing growth while helping support a plant's natural defences against disease and pests. Soil-less substrates (such as perlite and pumice), make a perfect home for the microbes in EM1.

However EM1 does not replace fertiliser when using a soil-less substrate, however used outdoors you may find no need for fertiliser. You still need to use fertiliser as normal indoors, or for better results, use with organic fertiliser. Seaweed is a great option also, such as Grosafe Organic Seaweed or Seacliff Organics Tri-Kelp. Because soil-less mixes typically have low or no nutrients, when you fertilise your plants, you're also feeding the microbes in EM1 so they can keep looking after your plants. Win win! 


Does EM1 work with fertiliser?

Yes, EM1 plays nicely with indoor plant fertilisers. When mix-feeding, add fertiliser to the water first, mix, then add EM1 last, before watering, or apply EM1 separately, (water with your EM1 solution after applying fertiliser). 

EM-1 directions for use


SOIL DRENCH  Dilute 1 cap of EM1 (that's 10 mls), per 1 litre of water and thoroughly saturate the soil. Apply EM1 as a soil drench around once a month

FOLIAR SPRAY  Dilute 1 cap (10 mls), of EM1 in 1 litre of water in a spray mister. When using for added disease protection, increase concentration to 1 cap of EM1 to 500mls water. Spray foliage as often as weekly

OUTDOORS: FOLIAR DRENCH For a thorough soak, including foliage and soil, mix 100ml (10 capfuls), of EM1 per 10 litres water in a watering can. Water heavily until foliage and soil is saturated. This method's very popular for seedlings and newly potted plants but can be used for vegetables, roses and more, as well as for new gardens in general or gardens that have fertility or production concerns.

EM-1 extra tips

Make and 
use fresh. EM1 is acidic because of the lactic acids, also a natural preservative that keeps the microbes dormant, but once diluted with water, the pH changes, which activates the microbes. Shake before use.

Little and often gets best results, as often as weekly for foliar spray application, and monthly when applied as a soil drench. EM1 is gentle and harmless and can be applied (diluted), every time you water if desired.

As a foliar spray, EM1 populates the leaf surface with good bacteria that helps prevent pests and pathogenic (bad) bacteria from setting up home and taking hold. 

Using the same ratio as the foliar drench, EM1 can be applied to activate your compost heap, including covered or air-less composts like the Bokashi method


Storage and safety

EM1 is very safe to use (fit for human consumption, not that you should drink it). While in the bottle, the microbes are dormant. To keep them dormant and extend the shelf life, always store with the cap tightly on, and make sure to keep in a cool, dark place,  at room temperature indoors, always out of direct sunlight. Best to only leave the cap off for the shortest time possible. 


Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Victoria, Canterbury
Excellent multi purpose product

Highly recommend this product. A little goes a long way… (a bit like gifting yourelf some pro-biotics ) this does wonders for soil and plant health (love this for my compost bins and worm farm too). Thank you Love that leaf !

Hagen Butcher
EM1 concentrate

I originally bought this as an
inoculant for making bulk bokashi bran but thought I would try some on my aloe vera's and bromeliad too. After learning how beneficial it can be used as a soil drench or foliar spray I wanted to see for myself.
They were healthy before I applied it to the soil but wow what a noticeable difference it has made!
I have never seen plants like these popping pups heading into winter so they are obviously loving it.
Thanks to Anna for going above and beyond to to provide me with the correct knowledge on how to use and store this amazing product.

Lewis Broadhead
Organic Root-Gro, Mycorrhiza Enhancer

Kiaora Anna, I have yet to apply your EM1 Concentrate to my plants but if it is anything like the Organic Root-Gro I will be so happy. My plants are so strong and healthy now after applying the ORG. leaves are strong and healthy and its almost like they have been patiently waiting for this wonderful plant food and then woken up. Root growth of course is vigorous, just what any plant needs to thrive. So thank you, in due course I will let you know about the results with the EM1 Concentrate.
Thanks Again,
Lewis Broadhead

So many ways to explore

When I started to search online, so many ways to use coming up. In garden, drain pipe odour, vege scrap pickles for garden…etc. I’m excited to explore the use of it!

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