6 Tips That Will Win the Heart of Your Houseplant

February 14, 2018

If you’re anything like me, having plants around the house is a must. Houseplants just do so much for my living space. I believe that they add positivity, color, and life to my home. They benefit us physically by cleaning the air that we breathe and raising our vibration and frequency. I used to always struggle when it came to taking care of my plants. From over-watering to poor soil choices, my plants weren’t thriving like I wanted them to. I nearly gave up on plants, especially succulents. It seemed as if everyone I talked to said that succulents were the easiest plants to keep alive, yet, I couldn’t keep a single succulent from decaying. After reading numerous articles I decided to give these “hacks” that I’ve been reading about a try. Now, I am here to pass along my successful tips to you.

  1. Soil needs – Not all plants like the same soil. It is important to know what soil works best for your plant. For example, succulents and cacti use a drier soil than ferns or other plants that will use a typical garden soil. I’ve learned this the hard way.
  2. Boiled Water – Tap water doesn’t always bring the best nutrients for your plants. After boiling eggs or vegetables, don’t dump the water out into the sink. Instead, give this nutrient-dense water to your plants (after it cools). It’ll make them happy! Repurposing this water is a great way to be water conservative as well.
  3. Mayo – Have you ever heard that if you put a mayo mask in your hair, your hair will look more shiny and healthy? This is the same case for your plants. Rubbing a small amount of mayo on your plant’s leaves will keep them looking healthy and lustrous.
  4. Coffee Grounds – You love your morning cup of Joe, but so do your plants. Instead of throwing out your coffee grounds, you can use these grounds as a plant fertilizer. Coffee increases the acidity of the soil which helps keep unwanted pests away and supports the overall health of your plant. You can use tea in the same manner.
  5. Pebbles for drainage – Overwatering your plants can be the most frustrating but the most common mistake when caring for your plants. A simple solution is to add little pebbles to the bottom of your pot. This will allow the water to drain from the soil into the pebbles. This is a great technique for avoiding root rot.
  6. Dust your plants – Add “dusting your plants” to your Saturday cleaning routine. When dust settles on the leaves of a plant, it becomes more difficult for the plant to ‘breath” or to convert sunlight into energy.

In addition to these tips, I will add how important it is to pay attention to each plants’ individual needs. These days, I am proud to say that I am a better mother to my plant children.  My plants are happy and healthy because I have implemented these tips in my plant care routine. I have finally won the hearts of my houseplants!

Nowak, Claire. 12 Healthy Houseplant Hacks For Those Who Lack a Green Thumb. 2017. <https://www.rd.com/home/gardening/healthy-houseplant-tips/>.

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