How often should I water azalea and heather plants with coffee?

Penne Johnson
by Penne Johnson

Hi there. I have Azelea and Italian Heather Plants in pots.They both like acid soil, How often should I water with coffee grounds Once a week or less. I water usually lightly every day as I live in Calif. where the weather is now getting hot. Thanks

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  • Em Em on May 30, 2019

    Italian Heather (Erica Ventricosa) Care Instructions

    Native to South Africa, this showy plant prefers everything in moderation. It was popular as a potted plant during the nineteenth century in England. Flowers during May.

    Size: Ht. 1 ½ ft. – 3 ½ ft. Spreads. 20” – 30”

    Plant Guide: Plant outdoors in the garden in Zones 10-11 or display indoors. In climates unsuitable for planting in the garden, it can be grown in a container and moved to avoid harsh hot or cold conditions.

    Light: Full Sun in moderate coastal climates. Partial sun in warmer climates.

    Water: Requires excellent drainage and acid soil. Sandy soil with peat moss and compost is ideal. Heavy clay is usually fatal. No standing water on roots, and no absolute dryness.

    Temperature: 55 degrees F to 80 degrees F but will tolerate down to 30 degree F. This plant is considered a perennial in moderate climates only.

    Water: Excellent drainage and acid soil. Heavy clay soil is usually fatal. No standing water on roots. Avoid drying in pots.

    Feeding: Give light feeding of acid plant food in early spring.

  • Penne Johnson Penne Johnson on May 30, 2019

    Than you for responding. All the info you gave above was on the tag when I bought the plant. I was wondering if you need to have the acid in EVERY watering or ONLY in spring etc. I had mine in the sun before our hot weather

    started to arrive and it died. I tried to help it by moving it to the shade. My friend has same plant and they keep theirs in shade and it is beautiful. Just don't want this second one I purchased to die. People say they use coffee grounds for both of these plants, just wonder HOW OFTEN and how much of the coffee grounds to put around the base. Thanks for sending me the above anyhow.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 30, 2019

    I do it weekly for my azaleas as well as keeping pine straw around the base of each plant.

  • Penne Johnson Penne Johnson on May 30, 2019

    Thank you Kathy , Now I know how often to do this. Appreciate your response.