TikTok has brought us some of life’s best tips, including cleaning tips, cheesy and creamy pasta recipes (feta pasta, anyone?) #bamarush!). But today I’m not here to talk about it Kendra Scott earrings or the Lululemon alignment tank that every 18-year-old freshman at ‘Bama has switched to the Tok. I’m here to exercise my green thumb and get dirty with the TikTok plant.
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A few weeks ago, Armen Adamjen, alias creative_explained, shared a video on TikTok showing how to use just three basic household ingredients – spent coffee grounds, cinnamon, and seltzer water – to create instant vegetable fertilizer for indoor and outdoor plants. Armen’s instructions? Just combine 4 to 6 tablespoons of coffee grounds with a teaspoon of cinnamon and a cup of club soda in a large measuring cup. Mix until combined. Pour the mixture onto your plant soil once every two weeks and watch your plants grow. At first glance, this seems like the perfect way to give used coffee grounds a second life, but was it more than that? “What we have here is a super potent blend with potassium, phosphorus, nitrogen and more minerals,” says Adamjen, adding that this combination of minerals is a natural food for plants. But does this combination Actually benefit your plants?
Does coffee help plants grow?
In short, yes. Nitrogen-rich coffee not only works as a fertilizer, but it also improves soil structure, explains Nadia Hassani, Home52 employee and gardening expert. “However, brewed coffee is acidic (unlike the coffee grounds used, which is close to neutral pH), so coffee should only be added to acid-loving plants such as hydrangeas, and in moderate amounts,” Hassani explains. . Unused fresh coffee grounds vary in acidity, but are generally too acidic for plants; Plus, Hassani adds that it’s a waste of delicious fresh coffee. Of course, you can always add spent coffee grounds to a compost heap. However, if you plan to reuse coffee grounds as fertilizer, do so with a light hand. Because coffee is acidic, you should only apply a thin layer of used grounds to the soil to ensure that the plants are still able to absorb as many nutrients as possible.
If you want to make TikTok Plant Food, keep in mind that when you add coffee grounds directly to the soil, whether in outdoor or indoor plants, you should also add nitrogen fertilizer. additional. “Coffee grounds stimulate the growth of microorganisms in the soil and those (the good guys) use nitrogen when they grow and reproduce,” says Hassani. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the soil can withstand the increase in nitrogen.
Does this fertilizer work?
So, we know coffee is good for plants, but what about cinnamon and seltzer water? “Although cinnamon has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, I don’t think there is any scientific evidence that it is beneficial for the soil,” Hassani said. The same can be said for sparkling water or seltzer water, which she calls an “Internet fad”. Chlorinated city water will do, but is not preferable. Instead, tap water is your best option to encourage the rapid growth of microorganisms.
Have you tried TikTok Plant Food? Did it work? Share your experience in the comments below!