I’m sure you have heard the common succulent rumor that coffee grounds are good for succulents. Yes, it does sound super weird and not normal at all, but actually coffee grounds do act as a great fertilizer for succulents! As you most likely know already fertilizer is not a requirement, but fertilizer is amazing for succulents!
Coffee grounds will definitely help your succulent with growth and development. This is simply because there are many nutrients in coffee grounds, which will help your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier!
So yes, coffee grounds are amazing for succulents, it’s a great fertilizer that will help with growth and development. However, you do have to be careful with coffee grounds. Too much can harm succulents and cause root burn. This is why it’s very important to make sure you dilute the coffee grounds, or don’t add a lot of them!
We are here to help you use coffee grounds as fertilizer so your succulents will grow healthier, bigger and faster! You will learn all about coffee grounds for succulents, which succulents love it, how much to give, and tips and tricks when using coffee grounds when growing succulents!
Do Succulents Like Coffee Grounds?
I’m sure this question has been crossing through your mind ever since you heard that you can use coffee grounds when growing succulents. You may also wonder if you can use coffee grounds for both indoor or outdoor succulents. Also before you even use coffee grounds it’s very important that you dilute it and actually make sure it's been brewed.
So do succulents like coffee grounds? Yes, succulents love coffee grounds, especially when they absorb all of the nutrients that coffee grounds provide. Coffee grounds are very acidic, and succulents grow well and love acidic soil. Coffee grounds are also loaded with nutrients including magnesium, potassium, and nitrogen. These nutrients are absolutely amazing for succulents and will help your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier. Coffee grounds are basically a great succulent fertilizer and succulents love them!
Another great thing about coffee grounds for succulents is that they help keep pets away! If your pets seem to be trying to eat or play with your succulents, this will help prevent your pet from eating your succulents. Coffee grounds just have a certain smell that pets don’t really like, so they will most definitely stay away from your succulents!
Coffee grounds will also balance the ph levels in the soil. Since tap water has very high ph, coffee grounds will help lower and balance the ph level. Coffee grounds contain acid and acid eats at the ph, helping the ph stay balanced and a good level for your succulents.
So yes! Succulents most certainly love coffee grounds!
Use Diluted Coffee on Potted Succulents
It’s very important that you use diluted coffee for potted succulents, not coffee grounds! If you’re kinda confused, coffee grounds are great for succulents grown outdoors in your garden, not for potted succulents grown in a tiny pot! Those tiny little succulent pots that you use for indoor growing just simply don’t have enough microbes to break down for your succulent to consume.
However, you can still use diluted coffee as fertilizer for potted succulents. Simply brew the coffee grounds into coffee, but make sure you dilute it with a good amount of water. Let’s say you made 10 ounces of coffee, you will need 10 ounces of tap water to make sure the coffee is diluted enough.
The coffee you just made and diluted, you can now start using as succulent fertilizer! Just simply pour some into the soil and your succulents will love it!
Use Coffee Grounds for Your Succulent Garden
We mentioned not to use coffee grounds for potted succulents but definitely use them for your succulents in your outdoor succulent garden! The coffee ground will break down in your outdoor garden and will release the nutrients they have. The succulent will then feed off of those nutrients, making them grow faster, bigger, and healthier.
When using coffee grounds for your succulents you just must remember one thing. It’s very important to not add unbrewed coffee grounds to the soil. Unbrewed coffee grounds do contain a very high amount of caffeine. Make sure to use brewed coffee grounds to avoid giving your succulents a high amount of caffeine. Caffeine will easily harm your succulents because it’s a substance that’s meant for humans and not plants. Also make sure to use light brewed coffee grounds!
Coffee Grounds for Succulents Tips
Use Proper Soil
It’s very important that you use proper fast/well draining succulent soil when using coffee grounds for succulents. It’s known that succulents love fast/well draining succulent soil so the soil can drain faster preventing overwatering and root rot. It’s very important to use fast/well draining succulent soil when growing succulents and especially when using coffee grounds for succulents. The roots will need to be able to breathe, and fast/well draining succulent soil will help them breathe.
We have arguably the best succulent soil on the market. Our succulent soil is very fast/well draining and is also loaded with nutrients. Our soil contains seaweed, an organic fertilizer which has 60 trace minerals and nutrients. We think it’s arguably the best succulent soil out there because of how many nutrients it has. Your succulent will feed off those nutrients, which will help the succulent grow faster, stronger, and healthier. Check out the picture below that includes our soil and regular succulent soil mix.
It’s very important that you avoid overwatering when using coffee grounds for succulents. Overwatering will cause root rot to occur and it will also just dilute the coffee grounds, making them very useless. Too much water will just easily dilute the coffee grounds, making them have no more nutrients for your succulent to feed off from. It’s very important to not overwater and to water 1-2 days a week or when the soil looks or feels very dry.
Use Black Diluted Coffee
It’s very important to use black diluted coffee for your indoor succulent plants. Black diluted coffee is just natural for your succulents and won’t harm them. Also make sure that the coffee you pour in is cold and not hot/warm. If the coffee is hot/warm then there’s a chance that it will reach the roots and burn the roots. If the roots get burned then you will be damaging your succulents and they will start to show signs/symptoms of them dying or being sick. Also make sure that you dilute the coffee so there’s not a lot of caffeine. Too much caffeine can harm your succulents or even kill them. Just make sure to dilute the coffee with water.
So now you know that coffee grounds are great for succulents, they are extremely beneficial and will help your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier. All thanks to the nutrients that coffee grounds provide for your succulents.
You can use coffee grounds for any succulents out there. You might have to be careful about echeveria succulents because they are the most delicate. It’s very important that you just dilute the coffee so there’s no or barely any caffeine in them. Caffeine will definitely harm your succulents, so this is why it’s very important to dilute the coffee grounds with water. Definitely use coffee grounds for any type of succulents that you want to grow!
Your succulents will get so many nutrients from coffee grounds it’s amazing! Your succulents will love growing in coffee grounds because they will help them grow bigger, healthier, and faster! Who doesn’t want this to happen for their succulents?? Definitely try out coffee grounds for your succulents, you won’t regret it!
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