Monday, September 19, 2011

Coffee to the Rescue!

This sago palm was placed here by the builder of our home.
I'm not a tropical or palm kinda gal,
so I would never have thought to add it to the landscaping.

Now that I've watched it go through it's transformation,
I have to say that it's pretty impressive.

The fronds put on quite a show when they unfurl.

Then this happens.
Scaly white growth on the underside of the fronds.
Not only looks unsightly,
but you just know it can't be a good thing.
What to do?

Coffee grounds save the day!

We simply apply it to the crown of the plant,
as well as around the base.
A "tea" can also be made by mixing grounds with water
and adding it around the base of the plant.

Works like a charm!


  1. I use coffee grounds on the blueberries. Seems to be an all-around handy thing to have around. And my doctor says to quit? Ha!

  2. Okay. I always knew coffee was the 'nectar of the gods' (giggle), and I heard that it was good for the garden, but, never knew about putting it in the crown of a plant to prevent stuff like scales--can you tell a newbie--how and why does this work, Daisy? What was the white scaly stuff on the bottom of the plant?

  3. So glad to see those coffee grounds helping your Sago. I tend one at my church garden and I used the grounds and made the tea. It really does work! I don't think it is permanent though. But, coffee grounds are easily obtained so repeat applications aren't hard to do.

    Thanks for sharing your experience with this. I learned about this technique from another's blog. That's the great thing about being able to share our ups and downs in the garden. Never know when you can help out a fellow gardener.

  4. I must admit, when I saw the title of the post, I thought you meant it saved you. In my case, coffee saves my day everyday, lol. Who knew it could help plants as well. Very neat!

  5. Sue-It's too good to give up!

    Kat-As a newbie too, I don't know the answers! I just know it works!

    NanaK-Yeah, I LOVE learning from other bloggers!

    Stephanie-I know what you mean. I just love my java!

    Ames-Learn somethin' new everyday, huh? ;0)

  6. What a great idea.
    We have two of these in our yard that the previous owner had planted. I wrote a blog post about our moving them here:

    I too am not a tropical plant kind of person, but would hate to see ours die off. I'll keep an eye out for the white stuff and remember this idea.
    I found your blog via Florida Gardners on Facebook :-) I'll be following along.

  7. The Not So Perfect Housewife-Welcome!


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