Used Tea Leaves

divaelpasotx(8)July 8, 2008

Does anyone know which houseplants cannot tolerate used tea leaves mixed into the soil or diluted tea for watering?

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I'm not sure why you would want to mix something into your soils that breaks down quickly, increasing water retention, slowing drainage, and reducing aeration. These are the primary problems with bagged soils even before we start adding materials that rapidly decompose or wreck soil porosity.

I see tea touted as a 'tonic' for plants quite frequently on these forums. I won't speak about the teas like chamomile or other herbals, but the dark teas that are high in tannin are not something I'd choose to skip applying to my plants, simply because tannins are known allelopaths.

Al

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 5:55PM
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divaelpasotx(8)

English please, tapla. I don't want to have to use my dictionary. I'm not trying to earn a degree. I asked the question because I wanted an answer from someone who had actually tried it and really saw the results. I just wanted to know what to expect if decided to use them.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 6:34PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I don't know how I can make it any simpler. There's only one word in the whole reply you might need to look up, but it's a word that all gardeners should be familiar with anyway. If the information is of no value to you - there's nothing lost & you can move to the next response. If what I said is beyond your understanding - I apologize, but I do think it's bad form to criticize someone who is trying to help you, simply because you don't understand. Good luck.

PS - I did mean to say ". . . the dark teas that are high in tannin are something I'd choose to skip applying to my plants, simply because tannins are known allelopaths."

Al

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 7:49PM
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divaelpasotx(8)

Thank you for your response!
Yes you're right, most "bagged soils" are not very good, that's why I asked the question about amending the soil with tea (leaves). If I have something "free" at home to improve my soil it wouldn't make a lot of sense to just throw it out. Nothing you could possibly say is beyond my understanding. I know you have valuable knowledge to share and I have read many of your posts and responses. You just have a tendency to come off as arrogant in some of your answers. Not everyone here is a master gardener, some of us do it for enjoyment.
Ok, beware the allelopaths!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 10:32PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I'll apologize again. I don't intend to come off as arrogant. I do find amusement in the idea you label me arrogant immediately after you say "Nothing you could possibly say is beyond my understanding." ;o)

Take care. Good night.

Al

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 11:00PM
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mr_subjunctive

Tapla's a nicer person than I am, clearly.

If you don't want to learn, don't ask the questions. If you do want to learn, you might expect that it's going to take the teeniest bit of effort on your part. Be prepared to use a dictionary. Or Google. Or Wikipedia.

And if you want to talk about coming across as sounding arrogant, feeling entitled to a free answer to your question, in a few hours, from a more experienced gardener, and then feeling free to complain that it wasn't presented at the exact vocabulary level you want it in is very. I mean, who are you, that you're too busy to spend two minutes googling a word? At the very least you could ask nicely for clarification, if a dictionary is just completely out of the question.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 11:14PM
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divaelpasotx(8)

Mr. Subjunctive, I've read your responses and have taken some your advice.
I am "nicely" clarifying that I wanted a response from someone who'd tried it.
On the garden web everyone is "entitled to a free answer to [your] question", I don't need and answer "from a more experienced gardener" just one from someone who has actually tried it. Tapla's answer sounded as if he were scolding me for asking an innocent question. As for the vocabulary level you don't know me and googling a word takes mere seconds not "two minutes". As for arrogance, I give as I get.
I no longer need an answer, I recieced one on another forum.
To the amused Tapla - I saw a photo of a beautiful gardenia bush whose owner used your mix... as I mentioned, I try to use what I have, that's why I asked in the first place.
K

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 12:52PM
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mr_subjunctive

Actually trying something is being more experienced. You have the experience of trying the thing. That's why they call it that.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 3:59PM
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ankraras(8/9AZ)

If I may ask, what are all of the house plants your growing? I also like to know what kind of tea leaves you are aiming to use for those plants?

Supannee - 'A hobbyist who is always interested in learning.'

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 6:12PM
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divaelpasotx(8)

Most of my house plants are variegated. Spathyphillum, Ficus Benjamina, Elastica and Pumila, Madagascar Dragon Tree, Dracaena Marginata and Warnekii, Balfour Aralia, Andrew Croton, Lipstick Black Pagoda, Purple Passion Plant, Hindu Rope Hoya, Marble Queen Pothos and Monstera Deliciosa (the last two could use growth inhibitors).
I drink 2-8 cups of green tea per day (with Peach,Cranberry-Apple,and Lemon teas added for flavor).
To me, it's a shame to throw away all those tea leaves everyday.
I also have lots of outdoor plants in containers.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 4:27PM
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ankraras(8/9AZ)

I tremendously enjoy drinking tea also, thou only 1-2 cups maximum per day. You are right why waste all those good things. Have you tried
posting this question on the soil Forum?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 6:32PM
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divaelpasotx(8)

Thanks, great idea, I'll "go" over there!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 10:33PM
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