Molasses is a thick dark liquid which comes from when sugar cane is being refined into sugar. It is mainly sugar but contains good amounts of vitamins and minerals. Molasses can be used as a foliar spray to deter chewing pests and caterpillars and as a soil drench to treat the soil for root nematodes. It will also increase the level of soil bacteria and fungi which will lift the pH and help make calcium more available to plants.


Molasses spray

Dissolve 1 tablespoon of molasses and 1 teaspoon of pure soap (Sunlight) in 1 litre of warm water. Spray as required.


Molasses Soil Drench

Dissolve 2 tablespoon of molasses in 1 litre of warm water and drench soil around susceptible crops.


Other Uses

Molasses can also be used to remove rust from iron by submersing the object in a solution of 1 part molasses to 9 parts water for about 2 weeks.