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Can use use coffee grounds in annual flower pots?
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Joined: 7/06/2005
Location: Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Posts: 141
Posted: Jul/13/2007 7:47 AM PST

I realize that coffee grounds in the soil is good for plants but I was wondering, Is is okay to put coffee grounds into the soil of my annual flower pots? What do you think?
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Joined: 1/29/2006
Location: Oliver B.C. Canada
Posts: 424
Posted: Jul/13/2007 9:25 AM PST

I water my plants with left over coffee and tea and they love it. Sometimes when I have to replant a indoor plant and I happened to have some coffee grounds still in my coffee maker I put that at the bottom of the flower pot and then put dirt on top. I have never lost a plant from too much coffee. So now where is my morning coffee mmmmmmmmm. Good luck. Tina
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Joined: 7/06/2005
Location: Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Posts: 141
Posted: Jul/13/2007 2:55 PM PST

Thanks, Tina. I appreciate your input.
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Joined: 5/13/2007
Location: Central North NJ
Posts: 96
Posted: Jul/14/2007 8:07 AM PST

It's ok, but you do have to watch that the soil does not get to acidic.
It’s great on acid loving plants.
It best to dump it in the compost pile where it will turn out neutral.
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Joined: 7/30/2007
Location: Suburb of Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 698
Posted: Jul/31/2007 7:58 PM PST

Yeah, it will be fine, but you'll want to scratch it into the top inch or so of soil if you can because sometimes, if you leave a layer of grounds on top, it can crust over and make watering a pain. I'd recommend putting in a small amount of finished compost as well, just to make sure that you have some active cultures to start breaking down the grounds and making the nutrients available to the plant.

My company has a free, fresh brewed coffee machine. I asked the person responsible for emptying the grounds if she would mind if I emptied the machine for her. She was happy to be free of the chore, and I get free fertilizer. :-) I've been putting coffee grounds on my garden all season. My sunflowers are over ten feet high and have blooms that are shaping up to be bigger than dinner plates! Of course, I've also been using compost and the occasional shot of fish and/or seaweed emulsion.
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Joined: 9/15/2007
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 59
Posted: Sep/15/2007 1:32 PM PST


For over three years I have added coffee grounds to my Hydrangea plants,and the plant is so healthy,and full and the greenest leaves ever I saw. I even add egg shells to my roses...I guess that is another topic huh?
Tura
Joined: 9/20/2007
Location: California
Posts: 37
Posted: Sep/24/2007 3:16 AM PST

So it works just as good to use coffee you have brewed or tea? I dont have to use the grounds? Since ive already planted and dont want to disturbe the plants and soil ill do this.
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Joined: 7/30/2007
Location: Suburb of Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 698
Posted: Sep/24/2007 9:05 PM PST

sure. That's fine too. Just make sure it's cooled off. ;-)
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Joined: 4/02/2003
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 7313
Posted: Sep/25/2007 4:14 PM PST

I use my left over coffee and tea to water my hydrangea, azalea and rhodos.. they love it! And it does not seem to be too much acidity for those acid loving plants.
tioga
Joined: 10/14/2007
Location: Shelby County, Tennessee
Posts: 3
Posted: Oct/14/2007 7:26 PM PST

My Starbuck gives away 10# bags of used grinds. Everyone wants to get a bag for their garden. It certainly works well in beds for onions.

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