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5 Ingenious Plant Tricks You Haven't Tried Yet

Friday January 4, 2019
By: Rebecca Straus

Green thumbs always have a few tricks up their sleeves. Whatever your current houseplant frustration is, there's probably a grower out there who came up with an innovative solution, after years of dealing with the very same issue. Read on for some of the best tried-and-true indoor gardening hacks around.
Use Ice Cubes to Water

Are you prone to overwatering, especially with small, delicate plants like orchids and succulents? A *cool* trick to keep you from drowning your houseplant babes is to water with ice cubes. Ice cubes deliver a slow and steady trickle of water to the soil as they melt, preventing the soil from getting too waterlogged. Plus, they're conveniently pre-measured, so you'll know you're adding the same amount each week.

Create Humidity with a Saucer of Water
Almost every time I write a houseplant growing guide, I recommend placing the pot on or near a saucer of water. As the water evaporates, it increases the humidity level around the plant, which is important for many indoor plants, and especially tropical ones. If you put the pot in the saucer, be sure to elevate the pot using a layer of pebbles to keep the drainage hole from becoming blocked and the roots from rotting in the standing water.

Group 'Em Together
Houseplants get along best with some help from friends! Most houseplants, especially tropical ones, prefer higher humidity than most indoor environments provide. Plants release water vapor through their leaves during the process of transpiration, so grouping plants together allow them to create a little pocket of humidity in an otherwise dry house.

Read the full and original article here: https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/plant-care-tricks-265229
TAGS: Indoor Plants, House Decor, Ideas
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