Gardening with Rooibos - So Many Benefits

Gardening with Rooibos - So Many Benefits

Posted by Yael Joffe on Mar 11th 2020

Now you can enjoy the benefits of Indalo Rooibos, and then share them with your Garden. Rooibos tea contains nutrients and trace minerals beneficial to plant-growth. 

Save your used rooibos tea bags and leaves for your garden. Gardening experts such as Margaret Roberts, Tanya Visser and JJ van Rensburg are big fans of Rooibos in gardening. It can be used as a natural fertilizer, biological pest deterrent and mulching agent, among others. Rooibos can also be mixed with soil without making the soil acidic.

"One of the best-kept secrets is to break open steeped tea bags and to sprinkle the tea leaves around the plants to deter snails and other unwanted pests – it’s a very effective biological pest deterrent,” says Van Rensburg.

“Instead of throwing away your used Rooibos tea leaves or bags, use it along with other vegetable and fruit peelings to make a balanced compost mix. Our thriving Herbal Centrer near Hartbeespoort Dam keeps compost heaps going in much the same way with Rooibos tea being among the critical compostable materials. We use it on all our vegetables and fruits in the huge Herbal Center gardens that supply our restaurant, and the produce is of excellent quality,” Margaret Roberts

Visser uses her Rooibos tea bags to feed the worms in her worm farm once she’s done with them.

Gardening Tips:

  • Potted plants flourish on cold Indalo Rooibos. Use leftover tea and/or leaves to feed your plants.
  • Use Rooibos tea bags for cleaning the leaves of household plants. Since plants absorb the tea through the leaves, they get a real treat.
  • Steep used tea bags in room-temperature water until it slightly changes color and then pour the liquid over the plants. This provides them with extra nourishment.
  • When potting a new plant, use Indalo Rooibos tea leaves or tea bags (dried or steeped) in the drainage layer at the bottom of the pot. Since tea is highly absorbent, it will help absorb water that will then get released slowly back into the plant.