Tea for Two. Your Garden and YouJun.09.2014
· UNEARTH THE NATURAL SYNERGY ·
Who would think that such enchanting flowers would come from such bitter beginnings! Surprisingly roses, just like tomato plants, actually prefer soil conditions with a lower pH. The lower the pH (e.g. pH of 2 or 3), the more acidic the substance. In tea, this acidity is due to the tannic acids. It is important to remember that not all teas are created equal. As black teas have a lower pH than, say, green tea, please ensure that you partner appropriately.
· PAMPER YOUR POTS ·
Bring the outdoors in by sharing those same luscious leaves with your acidity-loving potted plants as well. Place the leaves at the base of your planters, on the top of the drainage layer, but under the soil. This will help your plants to retain one of its most important items for flourishing – water. Plants and people are not so different after all.
High quality tea leaves are long, unbroken leaves that unfurl into vast oceans of leafy goodness. As these leaves unfurl once steeped, they can help to produce what is known as a ‘loamy’ style of soil – more air pockets within the soil. Loamy soil offers great growing conditions for plants by slowing down the rate of water draining through the soil. Slower rate of water flow means that precious nutrients are preserved rather than being washed away and leaving the soil deplete of nutrients.
· WASTE NOT, WANT NOT ·
Fear not! Tea bags, whether biodegradable or not, can still be of use to your potted acidity-loving house plants. Place a few used tea bags at the base of your planters, on top of the drainage layer but under the soil. This will not only help your plants retain water but will also quench your plants’ thirst for the yummy vitamins and minerals.
May you and your roses find peace in a teacup.