Depends. Tea leaves would be high in tanin which is a growth prohibitor for
many plants. Tea leaves might be better used as an addition to high nitrogen
sources like chicken/ bird droppings and then mixed into the compost pile.
I drink tea every day (loose and bagged) so I have a constant supply of
spent leaves. I tried an experiment this summer where I scattered the
leaves at the base of different plants - hosta, daylily, coral bells,
lady's mantle, perennial geranium, peppers and tomatoes - and some were in
pots and some were in the ground. The tea leaves/grounds would disappear
into the soil in about a week. All the plants seemed to love the tea
leaves as evidenced by more flowers/fruit and larger leaves. I will
definitely be doing this again next year.
Very good around the base of hydrangea. I also use them around the base of
a camellia working on the principle that it comes from the camellia family
so I'll give it back to it's family member. I know it works on the
hydrangea but I can't swear that it's doing any good for the camellia.
Yes, go ahead and add tea leaves to your compost. But for goodness sak
DON'T include any tea bags as they take years to rot down. Once in th
soil they're just about there to stay and will constantly stick on you
fork when diigging. I know as the previous owners of my garden alway
put used tea bags in their compost bin.
ditto. Provided there is moisture and worms the tea bags will go quickly.
Leaving them in dry soil will have the tea bags hang around for quite a
time. In the compost is the best idea. Besides, who far easier than
shredding each tea bag individually.
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