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Houseplants That Like Coffee

Houseplants That Like Coffee

When I worked in a big office there was always someone that couldn’t be bothered to walk to the kitchen and wanted to throw their coffee away in my plants and then tell me ‘plants love coffee’! We all know these people! So is there any truth to this!? Well yes…

See also: Fiddle Leaf Fig Care, Caring For A Jade Plant, Peace Lily Care, Snake Plant Care, Spider Plant Care.

Why is Coffee Good for Plants?

Some plants benefit from extra nitrogen and potassium. And coffee grounds being added to the soil, can supply this in the same way you would from a fertilizer.

In particular some plants like a more acid growing environment. And left over, cold black coffee can bring up the acidity levels. So acid loving plants can benefit from being watered with left over, cold black coffee. If it is really strong coffee, just water it down a bit first.

BUT I would definitely add it to water first and use it at watering time and not just pour coffee into the soil or you will go too far!

Houseplants That Like Coffee

What Plants Like Coffee Grounds?

Acid loving plants like coffee grounds. You can also water them with cold black coffee occasionally alongside normal watering. Especially Jade Plants, Pothos, Philodendrons, African Violets, Christmas Cacti, Peace Lilies. 

Adding coffee grounds to soil or compost adds nitrogen to the soil, so it is great for plants like bananas and tomatoes. You can dig it in, a good time to do this is when re-potting your plants.

The best thing to do is to add them to compost so they are starting to rot before adding them to soil or it can be too strong.

A Here’s A List Of Plants That Like Coffee Grounds

Some plants that like coffee are:

  • African Violets
  • Christmas Cacti
  • Cyclamen
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig
  • Jade Plants
  • Peace Lilies
  • Philodendrons
  • Pothos
  • Roses
  • Snake Plants
  • Spider Plant
  • Tomatoes

Do Pothos Like Coffee Grounds?

Yes they do, but make sure it is a measured amount and added some separate soil and composted first. If you just straight coffee grounds it can be too much.

How Often To Add Coffee To Plants?

Once a week should be enough, if you see yellowing or browning of leaf edges you could have gone too far – this is a sign the plant has too much acidity – you can always dilute the coffee by mixing it with more water. So if in doubt, apply it sparingly. Do not just pour black coffee into plants!


You can water acid loving plants with cold black coffee (mixed with water) once in a while, and add it to soil for plants that need a nitrogen fertilizer.

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