Nutrients In Chemical Fertilizers
Once in a while, your snake plant would love a fertilizer. However, we should know what’s best for our snake plants. Is it using the commercial chemical fertilizer? or the natural one. We need to look at commercial fertilizers to completely grasp whether tea may be an effective fertilizer for your plants. What exactly is their purpose of, and what nutrients do they contain?
Chemicals containing nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium are the most prevalent ingredients in fertilizers. NPK fertilizers are the name for this kind of fertilizer. These are the most important nutrients for plants to flourish, and they are obtained from the soil.
The “Big 3” can have a huge impact on your snake plants and are frequently one of the most expensive aspects of the tea industry. Ironically, the nutrients in tea, which is frequently grown using NPK fertilizers, can now be utilized as fertilizer without the usage of any additional chemicals.
Tea Is Nice Or Nah?
Tea contains a variety of potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen-containing compounds. This makes tea, both in leaf and brewed form, a viable fertilizer in most cases. The amount of nutrients in tea varies based on the type of tea, when the leaves were harvested, how well the tea plant was fertilized, and other factors. As a result, the answer to the question of how many nutrients are in tea is given as an average.
Tea leaves don’t all have the same quantity of nutrients in them. The following nutrients were found in young and mature tea leaves from two different estates cultivating tea at low and high altitudes, according to a study. (Reference) Young tea leaves and shoots will contain 4-0.4-2, which implies 4 percent nitrogen, 0.4 percent phosphorous, and 2 percent potassium in the dried leaves, according to the study described above.
The advantage of utilizing older leaves as a fertilizer is not stated because they contain considerably fewer nutrients. Tea leaves are 2.5 percent nitrogen, 0.2 percent phosphorus, and 1% potassium when dry. The nutritional value of older tea leaves is around half that of younger tea leaves.
However, keep in mind that most teas are prepared with younger tea leaves because they have the best flavor. There are a few mass-produced teas and bitter Pu Erh teas that are brewed with older leaves, but this isn’t the standard.
In comparison to tea leaves, the amount of nutrients in brewed tea is inherently much reduced. All of the percentages shown above were calculated using dry tea leaves, not wet or even brewed tea. Your snake plants should not experience any significant benefits from brewed tea. Because additional compounds in the tea may have detrimental effects, giving leftover tea to your plants is probably not a good idea.
Are Pesticides A Problem?
Residual pesticides in tea can be a major problem if you want to use your used tea leaves or leftover tea as fertilizer for your snake plants. The European Union has set very high standards for residual pesticides and heavy metals in tea. This has resulted in fewer tea producers adding pesticides in large quantities but teas without any pesticides are still very rare. For this reason, both tea leaves and brewed tea may contain some amount of pesticides.
With the right dose, pesticides will kill insects, animals, and plants. The levels of pesticides in tea leaves and infusions are insufficient to damage most plants. But be cautious! Some plants like snake plants are more sensitive than others to the pesticides in your tea.
If you’re going to use tea leaves or brewed tea as fertilizer, be cautious and don’t overdo it at first. Your snake plants may not be able to survive, even though the pesticide levels in the tea you drink are certified safe for human consumption.
However, like with most things, the poison is determined by the dose. As long as you start with little amounts of tea to see how the plants react, your plants should be okay. If any negative effects arise, your tea may not be a good fertilizer for the plant.
Tea is a good fertilizer and pesticide, make sure you use only half doze of the tea leaves for your snake plant, be gentle.