Field horsetail: Tips for cultivation and use

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You can easily grow field horsetails in the garden yourself. How to do that, and how to use Field Horsetail, read here.

Field horsetail grows in our latitudes practically everywhere

Once the field horsetail, popularly known as horsetail, grew tree-wide in our forests and became known to our ancestors as an effective herb. This herbal effect is based on its contained in it silicic acid, which you can use especially in kidney disease and rheumatism preferred. Here's why it explains how to grow the field horsetail and then use it.

Grow field horsetail

You can grow the field horsetail in our latitudes practically everywhere, such as along the wayside, in meadows, in beds, etc. Therefore, you can find this plant in nature and virtually everywhere - including as weeds on fields, from where his name Horsetail comes. So you just have to keep your eyes open during the next walk, dig up a field horsetail plant and plant it in the garden. This plant multiplies by itself.

Already in early spring, the horsetail shows for the first time by a yellowish shoot, which, however, serves only the reproduction and soon disappears completely again. Only from May, when then the green summer shoot emerges from the plant root, the field horsetail unfolds as a whole.

Important NOTE! If you have topsoil, you already have it in the garden or you are using conventional lawn seeds, you already have the field horsetail in your garden or bring it in with the mixed grass seed. Bringing the field horsetail from the field or meadow does not make sense in 99.9% of all cases.

But on the contrary. Because it prefers spreading in the lawn and the beds, it is classified as a typical weed, so you should rather avoid bringing the field horsetail in addition to the garden.

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The field horsetail can root up to 1.5 meters deep into the ground. Thus, with this plant, you can actually loosen up the soil in a natural way. However, for exactly the same reason you get it out of the garden just as hard.


Field horsetails generally show in complete green. However, if you can detect brown spots on the plants, you should know that they are poisonous. It is important to exclude these parts from any further use.

Tips for using horsetail

Tip 1 - Biological pesticide:

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From horsetail you can produce an effective pesticide against fungal diseases, powdery mildew and aphids. For this purpose, you must brew the field horsetail (about 1 kilogram of fresh or 150 grams of dried horsetail) in about 10 liters of water as a kind of tea. You should first let the field horseradish for 24 hours (soak) and then boil for about 20 to 30 minutes, with the silica dissolves. Afterwards, allow this tea tincture to cool down, place it in a squeeze bottle and spray the plants affected by the pests.

This process can be repeated every two weeks if necessary, because this is ecologically harmless. A horsetail tincture is an excellent aid in mildew on fruit trees and nightshade plants, such as a powdery mildew of gooseberries, tomatoes, etc. But also against aphids, red spider mites, various fungal diseases, etc., you can use this tincture.

Tip 2 - Plant Tonics:

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The Ackerschachtelhalmjauche win you through a fermentation process. For this you have to ferment the field horsetail with water in a well-closed container for about two weeks. It is important that you stir the slurry once a day so that it is so supplied with sufficient oxygen. Also choose a sunny, warm location for your manure.

If you use the field horsetail as manure, you can use it in this form as a tonic for other plants. Simply water the plants several times with this manure.

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