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Tea leaves as fertilizer

Posted by tropicaldcguy 7 VA (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 15, 08 at 13:13

Hi everyone,

I know that people use coffee grounds as fertilizer, but what about the tea leaves from inside of tea bags? I don't drink that much coffee, but I go through tea like it's going out of style.

Can I open the bags and dump the leaves around my plants? Would that be good for them?


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RE: Tea leaves as fertilizer

For what it's worth, I use tea grounds on my potted plants with no adverse affects. Sometimes larvae grows in them though. My roses seem to love them.

RE: Tea leaves as fertilizer

I let the tea bags ferment in water for a few days and then use them grounds and water on the plants. They don't seem to complain, ha ha!

RE: Tea leaves as fertilizer

  • Posted by jimshy z7 Brooklyn, NY (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 17, 08 at 22:38

I also drink lots of tea, and use it as mulch, especially for acid-loving plants, though it hasn't stopped my gardenia from wasting away!

I don't expect it to have much nutrients, but it does alright as mulch. One note of caution, though, if you use it indoors, you may find it promotes the growth of those annoying, nasty, *%$&(&% fungus gnats!

P.S. If you switch to loose tea, you don't have to bother with cutting open the bags!


RE: Tea leaves as fertilizer

Which tea would work better..herbal or caffeine? Does it make a difference?
I save old milk containers filled with water.. I used to add used tea bags to the containers, but after thinking it over, (I use honey or sugar in tea) if honey would 1. harm a plant 2. attract mice..
Later, I found Dollar Stores sell 50 tea bags for 1.00..can't go wrong, right? bags are fresh, w/o honey or sugar.
Does anyone know which tea to use?
Would caffiene waken plants opposed to herbal which might relax/dormant them???? LOL

Jim, after pondering your post, perhaps allowing soil to dry more would have prevented those (&()(&)( gnats..LOL
Seriously, gnats are attracted to soils kept constantly moist/wet, and air is dry. Is it possible?
I've seen numerous plants packed with fungus gnats when moss was used atop soil. Especially sphagnum. (worked at a retail nursery)
I don't have an answer about tea, but now that spring is here, (officially not in reality) days are longer, I'd like to add/use something to perk up it something to help soil that lost nutrients to acidic turned neutral/alkaline. Plus a basic pick-er-up.

One last comment. The heading of this thread is Tea leaves as fertilizer....IMO, tea leaves wouldn't provide adequate if any NPK. Aside from possibly converting alk to acidic soil, fertilizers would be needed..Toni

RE: Tea leaves as fertilizer

Re: Fungus gnats! I hate them! Someone posted on here about if you want to get rid of them, put about a half inch of sand on top of the soil. It really works! I had gotten rid of mine over the course of a summer, then over the winter I forgot and brought in a pot of dirt from outside and stuck something in there. Now I have them back, but they don't breed in the sand, because it dries up so fast.

RE: Tea leaves as fertilizer

  • Posted by buzzy 8PugetSound (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 15, 08 at 6:33

tea, coffee, grass clippings, orange peels, apple cores --

they're all fertilizer, mulch, compost - nothing special about coffee grounds except they look more like soil so people don't find it unsightly to put them on their plants

it's all compost, mulch, organic fertilizer

RE: Tea leaves as fertilizer

are used teabags safe to use as fertilizer/mulch?

RE: Tea leaves as fertilizer

Yes, they are safe but as Toni says they aren't going to add much in the way of nutrients. They can have an acidifying effect on the soil which may or may not be what you want.

I do add mine to my compost bins but I don't dump anything "raw" on my plants.

RE: Tea leaves as fertilizer

umm ya im going to probably be doing this for an expermient in school so any tips would be appreciated and websites to (reasearch sucks)

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