How-To: Boost Your Red Worm Reproduction Rate

Boost Your Red Worm Reproduction Rate

Increase your red worm reproduction rate with these seven aphrodisiacs!

Red worms eat lots of organic material, but these ravenous little eating machines are particularly fond of some naturally sweet food treats.

While the wigglers will do well on a well-balanced diet of moldy vegetable peels, fruit scraps, cardboard, leaves, tea bags and coffee grounds, there are some high-sugar-content items that will really draw their attention in the worm bin.

To appeal to your red wigglers’ sweet-tooth, add the following “delicacies”  to the menu every few days or so. The red wigglers will thank you for it – in more ways than one.

  • Watermelon is a great addition, with a high moisture content and lots of sweet, soft “meat.”
  • Pumpkin pieces chopped up and left to soften are perfect add-ins later in the growing season.
  • Mango skin will attract worms from every corner of the bin.
  • Peels from avocados can have the same effect.
  • Banana peels and over-ripe bananas are easy additions.
  • Cantaloupe, especially the rind, is another sure-fire hit.
  • And last but not least, corn cobs (ground up) and the residual remnants of the kernels are the most popular food in my indoor Worm Factory.

The extra bonus to these taste temptations? Worms swarm to these foods like neighborhood kids to the ice cream truck. And when worms gather in close quarters … nature being what it is … one thing leads to another … and you will see a quick rise in your red worm reproduction rate!

A few tips to keep in mind:

  • Use citrus fruits sparingly. The acid in oranges and lemons can and will cause trouble for your wigglers if you give them too much.
  • A balanced diet is critical to the health and well-being of red wiggler composting worms. These sweet foods are popular and appreciated by the worms, but don’t go overboard.
  • Remember, it is always a good practice to cut up food into smaller bits and scraps, and if you can store the foodstuff for a few days in a plastic container or a thick, self-sealing plastic bag, let the scraps sit for a few days and “ripen.” It will make the food easier for the worms to digest, and happy worms are productive worms!
  • As your red worms’ favorite foods supply an ever-multiplying workforce, you can expect that soon they’ll need more space.  Consider an additional worm bin to allow your worm herd to spread out.  Without space, worms will maintain their population density by halting reproduction.  

Take your hobby to the next level by serving up a consistent menu of red worms’ favorites to assure a healthy and ever-expanding recycling crew.  Keep them well-fed and reproducing by adding to your worm bin real estate today!  



Article by Donny B

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Readers Comments (9)

  1. Reproduction dictates survival of a species. Organisms like worms which provide food for many others, must reproduce ample offspring to offset predation. Red wiggler reproductive methods, while simple, are very effective.

  2. Just getting my five year old started on her wiggler worm farm. She gathered about 3000. In about four months she should be well on her way

    • Wow, that’s fantastic! The kids really do love working with the worms and seeing how they transform so much food and paper waste into poop! I’d say, with about 3000 worms, she’s already well on her way! She’ll have a great show-and-tell opportunity come fall too! Keep up the great worm work!

  3. I am a wildlife rehabber. I would like to try and raise worms to feed the multitude of birds we get in every spring/summer. What size bin do you suggest I start with? I doubt I can raise enough to keep us supplied but it will definitely help supplement.

    • Jen, what a great work you do! In my opinion, you’d be best off with whichever system could hold the most worms at a time and would provide for easy and regular harvest. The Worm Factory 360 has an 18″ square footprint with up to 7 trays that can each hold well over 1,000 worms. It also allows for tray by tray harvesting making it easy to keep the system running full tilt while you harvest out a portion at a time. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! If you’d rather have tips, tricks, and expert advice come straight to your inbox, just sign up for our FREE monthly newsletter,
      I wish you all the best!

      • Dorothy Brannen June 20, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

        Please send me tips on red wigglers. I have just begun with a small worm “condo” and intend to graduate to a larger plastic box as soon as they outgrow the small box. I’m pleased to be able to recycle my veggie scraps.

        • Hi, Dorothy! I’m so excited to hear you are getting started with a very admirable hobby! We would be happy to send you tips, tricks, and expert advice each month. If you’re not currently subscribed to our newsletter, I’ll advise you to do that. Then you’ll be first in line when our updates and newest articles drop! We send tips and tricks once every month. If you’re already subscribed, then expect the tips and tricks in your inbox very soon and each month following.

  4. doesn’t look like my worms are multiplying as hoped for. i don’t see many mature ones either.

    • Hi Mae,
      Well, the good news is that it’s only a matter of time before young worms become mature worms. So hold tight! Then once they are mature, that reproduction thing will really take off! Just make sure you’re keeping their conditions ideal and you’ll be sure to find success!


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