EM-5

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EM-5 is a versatile tool in your garden and is typically home made. We realized that most gardeners needed EM-5 and it was already too late for them to start brewing it all up and fermenting it. After we realized this we set out to create a product that would only include the very best ingredients and be shelf stable. Below we provide the recipe to make your own for free but have found that most people prefer to purchase our Pre-Made and Shelf stable EM-5 instead.  

Ingredients in our EM-5 produced by Teraganix:

Purified Water, EM-1, Organic White Grape Juice Concentrate, Organic Grape Alcohol, Yucca Extract, Organic apple cider vinegar, D-Limonene, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil. This is safe to spray on flowers when diluted If absolutely* necessary and has been used to eradicate toxic black mold from hurricane ravished houses. 

Link to the DIY recipe at the Teraganix Website

EM5 is often used as a type of homemade pesticide. The fermentation extracts properties out of plant materials and the alcohol and retains them in the liquid. The EM•1® in the recipe is the fermentation catalyst. EM•1® itself has no pesticide qualities at all. This is an all-natural concoction that can be made by anyone and is in no way harmful to humans or animals. It combines water, EM•1®, a distilled spirit, molasses, and vinegar. The most successful programs with EM5 involve alternating its applications with Activated EM•1® and EMFPE. EM5 is effective for reducing pest populations because EM5 contains esters formed by mixing acetic acid and alcohol, which provokes intestinal intoxication.


The formula for one gallon of EM5 is as follows (1:1:1:1:20): 

  1. 3/4 C EM•1®
  2. 3/4 C Molasses
  3. 3/4 C Vinegar (white or apple cider)
  4. 3/4 C distilled alcohol (vodka, whiskey, tequila)
  5. Add some other plant material (fresh hot peppers or garlic...or fresh herbs that have known pesticide properties like mint leaves, lavender, eucalyptus, mella luca, neem, etc.)
  6. Fill the gallon container with warm water (110-120ºF)
  7. Seal and ferment until pH goes below 4.0

Spray EM5 alternately with EM•1® or EM•1® Fermented Plant Extract through a hose-end sprayer. The thought here is to prevent the pests from getting used to or building a tolerance to the same product.

Often people will set up an informal program as follows (Diluting the AEM•1®, EM5, or EM FPE with 500 parts water):

Week One: Apply AEM•1®, 1 gallon for 1/2 acre property
Week Two: Apply EM5, 1 gallon for 1/2 acre property
Week Three: Apply EM FPE, 1 gallon for 1/2 acre property
Week Four: Apply AEM•1®, 1 gallon for 1/2 acre property


This pattern is repeated throughout the growing season.

Use 1 ounce per gallon for normal foliar spray use in container gardens.

Use up to 8 ounces per gallon for Mold remediation or for major problems. Test small area first. 

Use as general house hold cleaner for any purpose. 

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 EM-5 Quart:

Dimensions: 7.75 x 5 x 2.25

Weight: 2.25 lbs

EM-5 1/2 Gallon:

Dimensions: 5.25" x 3.75" x 9"

Weight: 4.40 lbs

EM-5 Gallon:

Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 4.5

Weight: 8.2 lbs

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Perfect for organic IPM

This is great to kill mildew or mold on contact! Works best if your diligent on your application. Definitely adding this product to my IPM regiment.

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Happy Plants!!

Recently had to move many potted plants for construction purposes. Used this as a foliar spray to reduce the stress on my plants! It worked great!!! Also tackled a slight fungus gnat issue on one of my outdoor plants.

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Great for Fungus nats

Killed all my fungus gnats using one oz per gallon

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Definitely going to put into ipm rotation!!

Another great product by BAS

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Amazing Product!

I use my own homemade EM-5 but wanted to try this out and now I alternate which one I use. These guys are murdering the game! Will be buying more soon!

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