Can I use instant coffee to fertilise my orchids and/or succulents? If so, what method and how much instant coffee should I use?

Can I use instant coffee to fertilise my orchids and/or succulents? If so, what method and how much instant coffee should I use?

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  1. Don’t use instant coffee. Use free coffee grounds.

    Wherever you live, call the nearest supplier of coffee and see if they give away grounds to gardeners for free. If they don’t ask if you bring a bag could you pick up some of them as a one-time-exception. If they let you, set up a time like you would a medical appointment, show up on time, bring your own bag (and or bucket), extra strong, be prepared for the weight (several pounds with water still in it until it dries). Wait for your order where asked, be polite, thank everyone appropriately.
    If they do provide everything for free, many do already, show up to the area asked to, thank everyone appropriately. Don’t ask for more than you are allowed as a per-person share. You can always come back a week later, or visit a different store.
    It is the coffee grounds that provide the nutrients, not the coffee. The coffee has too much acid in it.

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  2. I use coffee grounds all the time. I don’t know about orchids but I use it for everything else. Flowers vegetables fruits. I make my own compost. Are use egg shells and coffee grounds parts of vegetables you don’t use parts of fruits you don’t use all kinds of stuff that makes it with organic dirt and potting soil and my plants grow like crazy.

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  3. There is nothing in instant coffee or brewed coffee for that matter that would make it particularly useful to fertilise anything. The nitrogen in compounds such as caffeine and theobromine is in tiny amounts and is not in any case readily accessible. The potassium which is present in all living things makes up about 1% by mass of coffee ash and is considerably less present in the solution formed by instant coffee. There is very little in the way of phosphorus and again not really in an accessible form. There is little or nothing in the way of other potentially useful elements either.
    TL;DR stop watering your houseplants with coffee of any kind. It is not good for them.

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  4. There is no kind of coffee that’s a fertilizer for plants. You are misunderstanding the stuff you’re reading, or the writers of such stuff are misinformed. Coffee grounds are often recommended as soil additives which improve the texture of the soil, but that’s not the same thing as a fertilizer. Some studies have shown that there are a limited amount of some nutrient minerals in unbrewed coffee grounds, limited bengthe operative word here – the amount is so small as to be nearly useless. Nothing much has ever been found in brewed grounds. However, instant coffee has absolutely nothing about it to recommend it as a soil additive – it completely dissolves in water.

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  5. Coffee is not fertilizer. There are no nutrients in any appreciable amount in coffee grounds and probably nothing in instant coffee. Caffeine often harms plants and coffee should not be used on plants despite all the folklore. Use orchid fertilizer. Coffee grounds are ok in the compost pile.

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