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Adding used tea leaves to flower bed?

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by tryphena rose, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. tryphena rose

    tryphena rose Daughter of the Most High

    United States
    I've seen that adding tea leaves from used tea bags are good for both the soil and plants in gardens. What's your success rate with this? What types of tea do you use most? Have you seen an obvious benefits from it? I'd like to keep my plants as healthy and happy as possible, and I thought it was a good way to get some use out of the tea leaves instead of just throwing them in the trash.
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  2. Occams Barber

    Occams Barber Newbie Supporter


    Tea leaves and coffee grounds are both good for the garden. I regularly empty my coffee pot on the garden bed.

    This is a quote from this website:
    Used Coffee Grounds
    There are many ways to use coffee grounds in the garden. They can be used as mulch, they add a bit of nitrogen to the soil, they seem to attract worms, and can even deter slugs, although studies are ongoing about whether it is the abrasiveness of the grounds or the caffeine that does in the slugs.

    Don't worry about the acidity of coffee affecting the soil's pH. Studies have shown that as the coffee decomposes, the pH neutralizes. A bigger concern is what happens when you apply a very thick layer of coffee on top of the soil, about 2 inches or more. As the coffee dries, it forms a crusty shell that does not allow water to pass through. Use your coffee grounds sparingly. Put the excess in the compost.
    Used Tea Leaves
    Sprinkle your used tea leaves around the base of acid-loving plants, including your tomatoes and roses. We've always known coffee grounds were good for plants, but tea leaves contain all the big three nutrients (NPK) as well as some trace minerals. Sprinkle the used leaves on the soil and gently scratch them in. Of course, you can also add tea leaves to your compost pile.


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  3. ml5363

    ml5363 Active Member

    My roses love coffee grounds
  4. tryphena rose

    tryphena rose Daughter of the Most High

    United States
    Thank you OB! I appreciate the helpful link. :oldthumbsup:
    Thank you! I'd love to have some roses in the future, so maybe I can get some grounds from my local coffee shops since I unfortunately can't drink coffee. :sigh: