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Old 07-27-2012, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is anyone using coffee grounds around or on their nanna's?
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i've used coffee grounds on several plants in the greenhouse. usually when I can't seem the weeds to quit coming up in the pots. You pull all the weeds you can and then apply a thin layer of grounds as a mulch so that the remaining seeds don't germinate.
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i use them... but haven't noticed anything special... not sure if it really makes a difference. but i noticed watering everyday with weekly fertilizer really helps.
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My coffee grounds go to the compost heap - later compost on my plants including bananas
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Hey Snookie,
I hope you are using official Puerto Rican coffee grounds.
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I hope you are using official Puerto Rican coffee grounds.
Actually I'm using South Louisiana Coffee Grounds fresh from my local home owned Super Market.

But i think the beans come from your neighborhood?
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Coffee grounds are best used early morning
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Actually I'm using South Louisiana Coffee Grounds fresh from my local home owned Super Market.

But i think the beans come from your neighborhood?
I doubt dem beans came from my neck of the woods. We hardly grow anymore beans here, can't find anyone to pick-em.
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i use them... but haven't noticed anything special... not sure if it really makes a difference.
There is something very special about Coffee grounds.

When scattered around the base of Sago palms the hard scale insects die. The scale almost wiped out Sagos until this was discovered by a wholesale grower.

I don't know what or how this happens but it saved the Sagos. No big company is going to spend money to figure out why it works unless they can make big bucks doing it.

I'm sure there are unseen benefits from the use of Coffee grounds.
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I'm sure there are unseen benefits from the use of Coffee grounds.

Well they make enough coffee at work to possibly fill a five gallon bucket up with grounds every week so.......I'm going to give it a go:}

I use and save the grounds at home for my worm bed:}

Now maybe I'll come up with a New Variety of Nana hum Call it "Coffe a lait" Nana Plant


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It's best to use them composted for acid loving plants. Enough usage will change the soil ph so keep that in mind.
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I noticed it made my AeAe's have more white and striking looking. It can change the soil ph. I use them on gardenia as well.
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Coffee grounds are like all other organic matter. They have to decompose or be processed
by dew worms to be absorbable by plants. There is no reason, why they cannot decompose
when scattered around your bananas, but the process will probably be faster inside the humid
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here in utah we have pretty alkaline soil..so as mentioned
earlier post..do watch your soil pH..
i use most of mine in my compost..and rest go into gardens
overwinter..and get spaded under..
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pH of Soil from Coffee Grounds | Coffee Grounds to Ground
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A couple of excellent articles! Thanks for sharing, Tony



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wow! great article! i've been adding them directly to the soil... maybe it's time i finally get a compost bin!
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Coffee Grounds (fresh from the pot) suck up nitrogen from the soil and need to decompose to release the nitrogen, but once it's decomposed, it will add plenty of Nitrogen and other micronutrients. It also can help release other components in the soil to be usable to the plants.

One word of caution. While Musa/Ensente don't have too much problem with aphids or spider mites, there is something in the unmulched grounds that seems to attract aphids and spider mites to those plants. I've noted this through the years with Solanaceae family and especially Tomato plants. I would suggest NEVER add unmulched grounds to soil currently used by plants because of this issue (except for the Palms as mentioned).
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