Our World
Cookbook/Household Hints >> Gardening Tips >> Houseplants ..........
http://ourworld.conforums2.com/index.cgi?board=garden&action=display&num=1149789515

Houseplants ..........
Post by Bonnie on Jun 8th, 2006, 12:58pm

I have alot of house plants, my one huge peace lily plant wasn't looking too good. Russ (hubby) had stopped at some parts store and they had a huge one that looked great, he asked the lady what she gave did to it and she said she gave it coffee. I tried it and OMG how great it is doing. It's nickname for some reason Russ calls it Bertha. lol! It really loves it on our back screened porch also. So now I am giving some coffee to my other two smaller peace lilies.

I even gave some coffee to an expensive flowering plant, a purple queen bougainvillea we bought last yr that hasn't done very well and that is doing alot better. I am finally getting flowers on it. So about once a week I give it some leftover coffee.

Has anyone ever heard giving plants coffee?

Re: Houseplants ..........
Post by AngelBlessings on Jun 8th, 2006, 2:18pm

Bonnie~

At my office we have a vine like plant (chefalara? or something like that) and people compliment me on it always. All I do is water it once a week with a pitcher I keep my coffee scoop in. The pitcher always has coffee grounds on the bottom that mix with the water, so I have made the assumption that the plant must like the coffee! We also have alot of natural light in our office, but it is far away from the windows - still does great!

We have an ad agency across the hall and yesterday a couple of their people were standing outside the office door staring at the plant. The plant is on the reception ledge and climbs all the way down. I opened the door and asked them if everything was alright. They said that my plant had inspired an idea for an ad and they were just studying it! LOL! I offered for them to come in and take an even better look, but they declined. I just thought that was so funny and odd to have happen!

But I digress.........coffee must be good for plants!

~Angel Blessings~

Kelly
Re: Houseplants ..........
Post by Notonline on Jun 8th, 2006, 7:34pm

My aunt swore by coffee grounds and stale beer. LOL

...something with coffee...neighbor used to throw all his coffee grounds on the compost...his garden was fabulous.

Hubby has been dumping his cold coffee off the porch onto my hollyhocks for about 2 years now...they are huge.

I have a little yucca plant in back I thought for sure I was going to loose...been dumping hubby's stale beer on it for about 3 months...it's going to bloom for the first time, it's all in bud right now. Neighbor over two houses caught me in the act though one morning while he was on his mower...thought he was going to run into the fence...think he was waiting for me to dump some on him.  :crazy:
Re: Houseplants ..........
Post by Bonnie on Jun 9th, 2006, 11:53am

Well Russ doesn't share his beer.  :crazy:
I just use the leftover coffee, NOT the grounds. It sure is working great.
Re: Houseplants ..........
Post by Lendi on Jun 9th, 2006, 4:26pm

I actually read an article that said plants like coffee grounds.

But, I admit I took them outside and spread them around a small bush, and didn't save any more.

Maybe I'll start watering with our left over coffee, though. Since it seems to work so well.
Re: Houseplants ..........
Post by damama on Jun 9th, 2006, 7:59pm

we've been putting our coffee grounds on the compost pile for years....
but i never tried coffee on house plants.
i have a jade plant that isn't doing too well....
maybe i'll give it some coffee.
~~~~~~~~ :yummy:~~~~~~~~~
Re: Houseplants ..........
Post by Fancy on Aug 2nd, 2006, 08:00am

We always have lots of left over coffee in the mornings. I am going to save it in a pitcher for the house plants. Should I "water" it down or use it straight?

Will start saving the grounds for the Herb garden.
Re: Houseplants ..........
Post by Lendi on Aug 2nd, 2006, 12:19pm

You can just give it to them straight, Fancy. Unless you make your coffee a lot stronger than the package recommends. Then, I'll leave it to the others to decide.
Re: Houseplants ..........
Post by Bonnie on Aug 2nd, 2006, 2:09pm

I was just going to ask if anyone has tried it. My plants are really doing good. I haven't found one that doesn't like it yet. I have given full strength, but then to stretch it I have watered it down with 1/3 to 1/2 water. My peace lilies especially like it and my boston ferns outside.
Re: Houseplants ..........
Post by applecollector on Dec 28th, 2006, 2:31pm

well I am going tohave to try this my poor house plants look awful and I have always had really nice plants.

I have heard, coffee, tea and egg shells are all good

I want to start a compost but I don't eat enough food stuff you would put in one, does it work with other items.
Re: Houseplants ..........
Post by CHRIS on Jan 18th, 2007, 4:30pm

I WAS READING THESE POSTS AND JUST COULDN'T HELP BUT LAUGH.

WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO ALL THESE PLANTS WHEN YOU STOP GIVING THEM COFFEE? WILL THEY GO THROUGH WITHDRAWAL?

I HAVE PUT THEM ON MY HYDRANGIA AND I KNOW THAT THEY ARE GOOD FOR RHOTODENDRINS(sp) ANYTHING ACID LOVING. BUT I DO PUT THEM IN MY COMPOST AND HAVE HAVE SOME GREAT COMPOST.
Re: Houseplants ..........
Post by Penny on Dec 18th, 2007, 09:08am

I can do you one better than coffee. Epsom salt. Don't take my word for it - you'll find it right on the container of epsom salt. That's right - the stuff you soak soare feet in.

Epsom salt is not really a salt - it's a mineral. And it is a mineral that plants thrive on. Just sprinkle a handful at the drip line of shrubs or a teaspoon on top of the soil of a potted plant or even liquify it and use it as a food for your house plants or your vegetable garden. You can spray it on the plant or at the roots, doesn't matter.

You'll see a vast imporovement in the overall health of your plant as well as its productivity.
Re: Houseplants ..........
Post by applecollector on Dec 18th, 2007, 09:38am

my house plants have done great this year and have not even used my plant food--I ran out and forget to buy any. But the ivy in the office is taking me over.

Which today is a water day--I need to remember with the heater on they dry out more.

my sheffleria (sp) died--for some reason- and I would like another peace lilly.

I went to green house last week to look at live Christmas trees and when through green house with plants and just had to keep walking I would love to buy--but don't have the time right now. I need to keep looking for a Piggy back plant--if anyone know where I could order one. I would love it. Had them up north and when I asked my greenhouse last year she said they do get them in but only a few and they never stay very long--before bought up. Well I have lived her now over 20 years and have never seen one.