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Thread: Coffee grounds for planting medium?

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    Hi,
    Vft's love acidic medium, so has anyone ever tried coffee grounds? We use them for roses and other plants so I was wondering if they might not work for Vft's. Just a thought!
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    hmmm...I wonder if that would help my blueberries?
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    Every organism on earth likes coffee, lets not kid ourselves...

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    That's an interesting thought, Tag, because someone told me years ago that you could grow cp's in coffee or tea grounds and I didn't believe it so I never tried it. Think I'll stop by Lowe's tomorrow and negotiate a cheap price (it works sometimes) for one of their improperly-cared-for Venus Flytraps or Sarrs and give it a try. I like to experiment with plants, and this sounds like a good one.

    Maybe a mixture of sand, peat, and coffee grounds. Hmmm

    Thank you for reminding about that idea.



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    I wouldnt imagine it'd work, but of course Ive been known to be wrong sometimes.

    One thing though I dont think its good to keep coffee grounds damp. I dont know about any one else but I have seen quite a few moldy coffee filters from being forgotten and left in the maker, and we all know that it has plenty of drainage so it cant be that. I did throw some in a pothos pot and it got moldy as well I wonder if it would work with a fungicide...



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    Good point, unknownclown, under damp warm conditions, coffee grounds do tend to get moldy. I don't know the chemical make up of coffee grounds except that they release
    tannic acid, but since they mold so easily, I would think there
    are nutrients and minerals within them.
    But I think that it is still worth a try just to see what happens. Tag might be onto somthing here. I'm going to try it and If I lose the plant, well, being in the hands of some of the pseudo nursuries around my neighborhood, they would have died anyway. You never know until you try.
    I have lots of VFT's coming out of dormancy on my patio but in no way would I try this with any of them

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    OF COARSE there are nutrients in coffee Its a seed !
    So lets think about this now, would you ever consider growing your carnivorous plants in cracked corn? how about hulled sunflower seeds? No? well let me know how it works out
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    I wonder if you could drink it after it sits in the pot for a day . Mmmmm, that is some good coffee!...what is your secret? O' some Cp's, fine coffee grounds, and a tray that is all .

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