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20/04/2014 at 22:47

I have just read this post on the RHS forum.  I feel that I can refer to the member as my friend.  The senario is this.  Apparently, B&Q have or are marketing a new idea in plant propagation.  Namely.  On what I would call.  A micro grow bag.  The basic principal as I understand is.  An ordinarry everyday tea bag is used just like a grow bag.  Althoughof course, grow bags as such are used as a receptical for already growing flourishing plants, er; tomatoes.  To be honest.  I am a mazed that this idea hasn't come to the fore sooner.  Please bare with me. Back in our infant classrooms.  An amazing bit of science took place.  A piece of blotting paper, or a wad of cotton wool.  Moisten it, then sprinke some mustard and cress seed over it.  Keep it moist.  Bingo.  Soon yhou were rewarded with some mustard and cress to go with that lamb chop etc.  So.  Yes! this is quite feasable.  However, I am wondering about using tea.  The bag part is accepted.  The tea, though.  Tea produces tanic acid.  Although for the majority of us.  So often our life depends upon that special cuppa.  From a medical point of study.  Too much tanic acid is not good for us.  Actually I was speaking with a friend, just yesterday.  He is, I believe a Prof of microbiology at one of London's main hospitals. He related how in past times, his tsudies include zoololgy.  Basically many life attributes are much the same regarding human and animal make-up.  Likewise, I mentioned my new line of study.  Plant pathology.  He agreed taht in fact.  All three sciences are so closely related.  Hence my thoughts regarding tanic acid and the plant kingdom.  Mike has a new challenge. Orchid Lady. Your recent post was underlined, scientists and biologist.  ?????  Friends.  It will be good to hear your comments and observations.

20/04/2014 at 23:26

Gosh Mike, it's a bit late for complicated science stuff  But after saving tea bags for over a week to rip open and put the tea on my Blueberry, Azalea, Rhododendron and Camellia, I am wondering about the suitability for growing all plants in them?? That's my initial thoughts from my not very knowledgeable, sleepy and wine infused brain   

Scientists are different from Biologists....I think, is that what your were meaning Mike? Scientists I would think are more general, i.e. all 3 sciences combined in their knowledge, Biologists would specialise in biology although I linked the 2 as obviously Biology is one area of science.,,,,that probably doesn't make any sense but you'll know what I mean, I know I you will 

21/04/2014 at 00:37

As i read it, they are not using tea, just the bag to hold together a coir type fibre medium.

21/04/2014 at 07:53

Stacey taught me to soak my chilli seeds in tea overnight (it took a while to master not putting milk in) as the tanic acid mimics a birds stomach juices which encourages the seedling to germinate. 

So perhaps tea bags might work for some!

21/04/2014 at 09:05
I remember growing cress from cotton wool in primary school, now i love cress , the tea bag idea sounds a good idea i will experiment and see if it works, keep you posted
21/04/2014 at 10:34

I read it like Lyn - there is no tea involved.  They are using the fabric they make teabags out of to form temporary plant pots, and you then plant the whole thing in the ground.  Means no plastic or polystyrene needed.

21/04/2014 at 10:41

Its because b & q used to grow everything in polystyrine trays, they are going for a bio degradable material. (Only the material the bag is made of not the tea bag) 

Just imagine buying a 25kg sack of tea to use as compost,  hell, thats one big car boot. Not to mention the cost!!!

21/04/2014 at 12:24
25kg? I reckon we get through that in a week here!!
21/04/2014 at 12:36

Ahh I see LOL!!!  Muppet alert  I thought they were using the whole tea bag, but in my defence it was late ha ha 

Clari, I soaked my seeds in tea overnight too, I don't know if it had any benefit, I should have maybe done some not soaked as an experiment....I just did as I was told 

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