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Post  OhioGardener 2/29/2020, 7:58 am

Has anyone ever used tea bags for starting seeds?  Sounds like an interesting experiment that I haven't tried yet.

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Post  has55 3/1/2020, 3:25 am

I'm going to try it.
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Post  markqz 3/1/2020, 2:19 pm

Thanks for the discovery!

I'm a little bit skeptical for a couple reasons. One is that tea bags are very small. The other is that tea bags are actually pretty tough. I find I have to tear them apart before composting or they will sometimes survive the process.

But it's definitely worth a try, and would solve my "radish starting" conundrum more easily than making my own peat pots. So here's tea "pot" one using a upcycled milk carton and 8 tea bags:

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Post  has55 3/1/2020, 4:20 pm

The teabag should be used first , is this correct?
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Post  OhioGardener 3/1/2020, 4:26 pm

has55 wrote:The teabag  should be used  first , is this correct?

Yes, correct.  I started collecting them yesterday, one per day...  Smile

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Post  Dan in Ct 3/2/2020, 10:15 am

Since it really isn't specified in the link, does the variety of tea matter? Say an Orange Pekoe vs Chamomile. I do know and have seen research on the effects of caffeine on seed germination which at 1% in solution can reduce. I grew up in a time when you were given tea and toast when ill so don't know why but I seldom ever drink tea but do use Byron's Second Cupper (Orange Pekoe) made with a used bag as a seed soak for larger seeds, particularly peas and beans. I am trying to drink more herbal teas but again still that stigma. I did see a formula for using Chamomile Tea from a Canadian Nursery to use for watering seedlings to reduce the incidence of dampening off but still need to research before recommending. As Markqz mentioned, biodegradable bags do make a difference from what I read in the little research I did. I would also like to point out urine is sterile initially but left out suffers contamination much the same way a used tea bag would.
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Post  markqz 3/6/2020, 12:50 pm

Sometimes cool-sounding ideas are posted on the internet, but you're not sure the people involved actually tried it.

Here's what the "contest" is looking like. The box on the end is growing Merveill lettuce in Mel's mix in home-made starter cells. They are bursting out of the gate. The four tea bags in the middle have Merveille also (unless I mixed up). Two of them may have actually started growing (you can't see it in the photo).

On the left, four radish seeds in tea bags have started.

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My feeling is that there isn't enough "stuff" in your typical tea bag. It dries out too fast, and there's no depth for roots. Maybe if you stacked two bags it would work better. Maybe I'll try that for the next batch. Still, if it works for radishes that would be something, since there's no way it pencils out to purchase expensive peat pots or even disks when radish sells for 50c a bunch.
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