Do Tea Leaves Help Plants Grow?
The good news is that there are some free or low costing options that are available to you. This brings us to tea leaves. Once you are finished with your tea bags and instead of throwing them out, either cut the bag open and soak up the ta leaves on a paper towel or just place the whole tea bag on a paper towel so they can dry out for a bit. Once they are somewhat dry just simply bring them out to your garden and sprinkle them in or around the soil.
Tea leaves contain various amounts of important nutrients, trace minerals and organic matter. But the most important nutrients are what they call the NPK nutrients. This is Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) and these all have very important needs for a soils growth.
Nitrogen – Encourages foliage growth. This is because nitrogen is a major component of chlorophyll, the compound by which plants use sunlight energy to produce sugars from water and carbon dioxide (i.e. photosynthesis).
Phosphorus – Plants must have phosphorus for normal growth and maturity. Phosphorus plays a role in photosynthesis, respiration, energy storage and several other processes in plants.
Potassium – In photosynthesis, potassium regulates the opening and closing of the stomata (tiny pores in plant tissue that allow for gas exchange) and therefore regulates CO2 uptake. Potassium also triggers enzymes that are essential for giving plants energy like ATP.
Which Plants Like Tea Leaves?
All your plants will enjoy the benefits of tea leaves and the NPK nutrients we talked about above. However, the plants that will enjoy them most are your acid-loving plants like your tomatoes and roses.
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