Adding leftover kitchen item will make roses bloom brilliantly

Hydrangeas and roses
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As the warmer months draw near, gardeners are eagerly anticipating the sight of their roses and hydrangeas in full bloom, yet achieving those larger, more luxurious flowers can be a challenge.

Feeding your flowers with the correct nutrients is crucial as they develop, but instead of purchasing store-bought plant feed, you can enhance your plants with something from your breakfast routine. Used coffee grounds or tea bags can do wonders, reports the Express.

Michael Perry, a gardening expert and the brains behind Mr Plant Geek, has revealed that both coffee and tea are acidic and rich in nitrogen, which makes them perfect for nourishing roses and hydrangeas.

He explained: "Did you know that it's not just us that can benefit from a hearty beverage? Our plants can get a kick from tea, coffee and even milk! ".

"So, if you thought that your hot drink habits were starting to err on the side of obsession, here's your reason to drink more."

Boosting roses and hydrangeas with coffee grounds.

Roses and hydrangeas thrive in slightly acidic soil, and nitrogen is key for producing bigger and more plentiful blooms, offering a quick and effective nutrient boost for your flowers.

You can incorporate coffee grounds into your compost or simply sprinkle the used grounds over the soil, where they will break down naturally.

Michael advised: "You can add coffee grounds directly to the soil around your plants to provide nutrients."

He further recommended: "If you're worried about your plants being attacked by snails and slugs, spread coffee grounds around the base of the plant to act as a deterrent."

Revitalising roses and hydrangeas with tea bags.

Not just a beverage, tea bags can also double up as a deterrent for garden pests like snails, ants or aphids.

After brewing a hot cuppa, simply open the teabag and deposit the spent tea leaves into a container. Ensure these loose tea leaves are entirely cool before adding them to your flowers.

Similar to coffee, loose tea can be sprinkled directly onto your flower bed soil for a boost. However, when it comes to roses, adding the tea to their water is more beneficial.

Michael advised: "Like any container plant, roses can lose nutrients quicker than plants in the ground. However, roses love the acidity and nitrogen that tea contains."

"Water them regularly with cooled tea (no milk), or compost tea (made by steeping tea and other kitchen waste in water)."