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Urban Jungle Bloggers January Plants Coffee coffee natural feed for house plants urban jungle bloggers A coffee lover I am not, but I wasn’t going to let that deter me from this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers theme, especially since I’ve discovered it may very well be quite beneficial for our green and growing friends…

I’ve been looking at feeds for my house plant babies for a while – they make me happy, so I want them to be happy too! I heard that coffee grounds can be good for plants as they increase the moisture hold in soil and add nitrogen, which leafy plants love for bright greens & strong stems.

Coffee also contains calcium & magnesium which are good for plant health. However, it can boost the soil acidity so should be used in moderation, particularly with succulents (and probably not best for cacti, as they both prefer a relatively neutral PH).

I’m a little bit nervous but willing. I’ve decided to try a liquid solution from a full strength cup which is then diluted 1 part liquid coffee to 3 parts cold water (it looks like weak tea). Since it’s not really growing season here, I’ll use it once a month with my succulents for now (plus water in between), and perhaps bi-weekly for my Monsterra, Rubber Tree & Snake Plant. We’ll see how things go.

Other ideas for plant feed I’ve come across are…
\\ crushed egg shells worked through soil for calcium
\\ cooled water from boiled potatoes & pasta for adding starch
\\ very weak milk solution (as in fill a finished milk bottle with water – that weak) for adding calcium
\\ finely chopped peel for added nutrients. Banana adds nitrogen, potassium, calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, magnesium and sodium. Orange adds nutrients & nitrogen.

Have you tried any of these and did they work? I’d love to hear your house plant feed secrets & successes!

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Comments (26)

  1. Jen

    I use cold coffee from my espresso maker on my Jade plant and it is super happy with it! It also worked on my African Violet all last year even making it flower several times, but now it sadly has passed away and I don’t know why. Might try the orange peel idea, I’ve never heard of that! x

  2. Igor

    Fabulous post, Sarah-Lou!! Love that you included the point that coffee is actually good for the plants too! I use coffee grounds for my leafy plants from time to time – it’s so much better than just throwing it into the bin! And since I am a coffee lover it is a win-win situation – I enjoy a good cup of coffee and my plants get the nutritive grounds:-) Thanks for joining in!

  3. Judith

    Yayyy, I’m not the only one that doesn’t drink coffee every day 😉 (although I love to drink it every once in a while hihi). Such a fabulous post, Sarah-Lou! Looooove the animated gif and the fact that you added all kinds of natural tips for plant soil. More than half of my plants are succulents and cacti, so I never use coffee grounds for them, but I should try it with some of my Monstera soon. Thank you! xx

    1. sarah-lou - Post author

      And not the only night owl either ;o) Thanks so much, Judith! It was really useful to learn myself – I definitely won’t be using it on the cacti! xx

  4. Helen

    The gif – omg. Super cute idea. I’ve yet to use crushed egg shells also, really must try that one day in the balcony garden! x

  5. tina @ Colourliving

    Hi Sarah-Lou
    Another NON coffee drinker (yay) We seem to be so outnumbered:-)

    Great idea to talk about the benefits of coffee for the plants.
    I regularly will drop in some of my green tea left over into pots. Apparently the antioxidants are good for it. Go figure.

    Great post!

    1. sarah-lou - Post author

      Yay! Although I do always admire the huge varieties of coffee & their carafes look :0) good tip on the green tea too, thanks x

  6. Jillian In Italy

    Great gif! And thanks for all the tips (I seriously need them). I remember my mom always dumping the coffee grinds in our garden and I have to admit she had the nicest flowers and plants in the neighbourhood.

  7. un23 ilaria

    I knew about the coffee grounds (my grand-mother used to do it all the time) but never thought of giving real coffee to drink to plants 😉 i’ll have to give it a try. Thank you for the tips 🙂

  8. Kate

    what a great idea, sarah-lou! i never would have thought of that but it is a wonderful way to keep your plants happy and throw out a little less. fantastic gif too!

  9. Ruth

    Fantastic, I had no idea plants like coffee too! I’ll have to invite my houseplants to join me for afternoon tea… hope they don’t want the cakes as well 🙂
    Love your gif… I’ve pinned it to help me remember!

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