10 Houseplants that Love Coffee | Coffee Grounds for Plant Growth

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Caffeine is not only enjoyed by humans, but there are some Houseplants that Love Coffee too! Surprised? Check the list below.

Coffee grounds are great for nitrogen-loving plants. Using it in the soil helps in reducing plant diseases and pests while improving water retention. Let’s have a look at the Houseplants That Love Coffee.

Check out our article on using coffee grounds for gardening

How to Use Coffee for Houseplants

Coffee grounds are a good source of nitrogen, encourage the growth of the beneficial microorganisms in the soil, and help plants that prefer acidic growing medium. You can use it in the following ways:

  • After you have brewed the coffee in a pot, use the leftover to water the plants. Using one cup per week for plants like impatiens, orchids, dieffenbachia, and African violets is a good way to help them grow well.
  • The coffee grounds can also be used as an organic matter. Mix 1 part of coffee ground to 3 parts of garden soil or potting mix for best results.
  • Adding coffee grounds to your compost bin is also recommended. Apart from that, you can always side-dress your plants with used coffee grounds.

Houseplants that Love Coffee

1. Christmas Cactus

Houseplants That Love Coffee-Christmas Cactus

Botanical Name: Schlumbergera bridgesii

Treat your Christmas cactus twice a week with coffee-enriched water. Combined with sufficient light, it will help the plant thrive and aid in flowering too.

All you need to know on how to make a Christmas cactus bloom

2. Pothos

Houseplants that Love Coffee- Pothos

Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum

Pothos like occasional watering with black coffee. You can also add coffee grounds into the potting soil while transplanting and watch the plant thrive in the long term.

Check out our article on growing pothos indoors

3. Philodendron

Houseplants That Love Coffee-Philodendron in pot

Botanical Name: Philodendron

This beautiful houseplant offers a wide range of varieties to grow indoors.  Add coffee grounds in the potting mix or simply sprinkle a solution of coffee and water for lush growth.

Here’s all you need to know about growing Philodendron

4. African Violet

African Violet in Pots

Botanical Name: Saintpaulia spp

This beautiful houseplant is an excellent choice to bring a pop of color indoors. It is a huge fan of nitrogen and acid, so you can use a solution of coffee and water for best growth.

Check out our article on growing African Violets

5. Cyclamen

Houseplants That Love Coffee-Cyclamen

Botanical Name: Cyclamen persicum

These attractive houseplant flowers from December till April. You can aid in dense growth by watering the cyclamen frequently in the flowering season with water and coffee solution.

6. Miniature Roses

Miniature Roses in Coffe mug planter

Botanical Name: Rosa

Most rose species, including miniature roses, like nitrogen and acidic soil, and coffee grounds provide that, which encourages flowering. Alternatively, you can also use half a cup of black coffee per plant, once in 2-3 weeks.

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7. Jade Plant

Houseplants that Love Coffee-Jade Plant

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata

Jade plants love coffee as they like nitrogen. It helps them to stay dark in color and encourages thick stem growth. Though keep in mind that jade plants dislike overwatering.

Check out our article on growing Jade Plants

8. Snake Plant

Snake Plant in Pot on table

Botanical Name: Sansevieria trifasciata

This low-maintenance plant enjoys an occasional coffee treat. Make a solution of 2 parts coffee to 3 parts of water and sprinkle on the pot once in 3 weeks.

 Different types of snake plants you can grow

9. Spider Plant

Houseplants That Love Coffee 5

Botanical Name: Chlorophytum comosum

Popular for thin, variegated, spider-like foliage, this air-purifying houseplant does well in mild-acidic soil. Take one part of coffee to three parts of water to promote growth.

Check out our article on different types of spider plants

10. Azalea

Houseplants that Love Coffee-Azalea

Botanical Name: Rhododendron

This plant is quite popular for its beautiful flowers, and coffee grounds will make sure that the plant blooms profusely! Just keep it near a south or west-facing window in your home, and the plant will thrive indoors.

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  1. Love this I have a jade plant and learning about other plants around my house is very Resourceful to use coffee grounds in the soil to make them grow better & Healthier.

  2. I have a jade plant it has a stick trap but it sprouts out cerise lambs up at the top so I have to know how to prune it because it looks to me like it’s top-heavy

    • Your jade plant should be producing a thick strong stem to hold the weight. Eventually they even can become small trees. If yours isn’t then it’s most likely stretching for sun light and growing leggy. They prefer full outdoor light but a strong grow light would work too. Sunny windows are not enough.


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