How long does blood meal last in the bag? #439412

Asked February 02, 2018, 11:06 AM EST

I have a bag of blood meal that's at least 10 years old. Would it still be viable or should I toss it? Can I put it into my yard debris can?

Multnomah County Oregon

Expert Response

Thanks for contacting Ask an Expert with your blood meal question. 

Check to see whether the bag has gotten wet. It might be lumpy, in that case. Blood meal is primarily a nitrogen fertilizer, and if it gets wet, some of that nitrogen could have been washed away. Similarly, if it has been kept in a very hot environment, it is possible that some of the nitrogen has gone off as a gas.  

However, if it has been kept in a cool, dry place—a basement room or garage, perhaps—it’s probably fine. Use it as the label recommends. 

If you are concerned, the compost pile is a great place to use it up. In the unlikely case that no nutrients are left, it’s still a great organic matter addition to compost. And if you do want to discard it, give your garbage hauler a call to see where they want you to put it. Different companies and municipalities may have different procedures. 


Claudia Groth Replied February 02, 2018, 11:11 PM EST

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