Post a reply

Coffee, Anyone?

By donnabking
June 3, 2015

About to pour out that leftover coffee? Wait! Hold on. It's not finished yet. It still has work to do. I have found that some plants love their coffee as much as I do.

[View the item]

Image
Jun 4, 2015 4:50 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Ponds Organic Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida
Hummingbirder Hibiscus Fruit Growers Region: Florida Dog Lover Container Gardener
In Florida where sago palms have been plagued by a difficult to cure scale infestation, university studies have shown that mulching with spent coffee grounds is more effective at eliminating the scale than pesticides. I do not remember if it was Florida State or University of Florida that performed the studies. As I recall, the initial discovery was accidental. They visited a commercial cycad nursery and noticed there was no scale and the only cultural difference from other cycad nurseries was that the owner of this one was using spent coffee grounds as a mulch around his plants.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Image
Jun 7, 2015 3:31 PM CST
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
Humm, so Sago's like coffee too ??? That's good to know. And I'm thrilled to kno it can help prevent scale. I have a lovely Sago that I am most find of. I will dump some spent coffee grounds around it. Thx for the heads up. Ken Ramsey, you taking this in?? I didn't know this. I tip my hat to you. Thank You!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Image
Jun 7, 2015 7:14 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Ponds Organic Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida
Hummingbirder Hibiscus Fruit Growers Region: Florida Dog Lover Container Gardener
I had read of a UFL study on this a while back but can't find that reference now. All I can locate is that "research does not support it" or no research has been done." However, Tom Broome, who is acknowledged by the pros as the cycad guru swears by it. I've had success myself keeping the cycad scale at bay and whether it is the coffee grounds or just plain good luck, either way, it can't hurt.

http://www.cycad.org/documents...
http://jacksonville.com/entert...
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Image
Jun 13, 2015 6:22 AM CST
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
Wow, fascinating info, thx!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.
  • Started by: ardesia
  • Replies: 3, views: 1,031
Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by JebobaTea and is called "Crocus Vernus"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.