7 Hacks To Keep Your Plants Looking Beautiful
Do you want only the best for your plants but don't really know what you're doing? If you lack experience or a green thumb, these plant hacks are going to change your life! Whether you're battling fruit flies, nasty insects, or you're just looking for the holy grail of homemade, all-natural fertilizers, you've come to the right place. Check out our 7 hacks to keep your plants looking beautiful!
1. Hairbrush Fertilizer
Hairs from your brush? Granted, that does sound like a far-fetched way to keep your plants looking healthy and beautiful. But if you can tell that one of your plants is starting to give up after a long, drawn-out battle, or just isn't flourishing, using a few strands of hair is actually just the ticket. Hair contains precious nitrogen which stimulates plant growth. But don't worry – there's no need to chop off your luscious locks, just one or two strands will do. Simply remove them from your hairbrush and lightly bury them in the potting soil to give your flowers or plants a little fertilizer kick.
2. Ward Off Pests
If you've been noticing unwanted insects on your plants, the logical remedy for that would be to start using pesticides, right? Wrong! Before you tackle those nasty bugs with environmentally questionable and stinky chemicals, you should give cedar wood a try. Cedar is actually very good at combating insects, thus making it a super effective, all-natural pesticide. Simply sharpen a normal pencil and put the shavings in the thicket of leaves.
3. Refreshing Fertilizer
- juice of ½ lemon
- 1 tbsp sugar
- small plastic bottle
If your plant is looking a little sad, it's probably time for some fertilizer. If you don't happen to have any at home, good news: you can easily make your own. Simply fill a small plastic bottle halfway with water, lemon juice, sugar, and beer, put a hole in the lid, and water your plants with your homemade fertilizer.
4. Fight Fruit Flies
- spray bottle
- dish soap
Fruit flies have got to be the bane of almost everyone's existence. They're incredibly small, super fast, and ultra annoying. To fight this plague in your own home, just mix some water with dish soap and spray your affected plants with it – the soap helps chase away those pesky fruit flies and you'll have one less annoying thing to worry about.
5. Fertilizer Ice Cubes
- ice cube tray
Yup, you read that right – there is such a thing as fertilizer ice cubes. Simply mix water with uncooked rice, then pour the cloudy rice water (without the grains) into an ice cube tray and freeze it. Afterwards, place the ice cubes on the potting soil, and as they melt, the soil will absorb all that starchy water.
6. Hard-Boiled Egg Fertilizer
The next time you're boiling yourself some eggs, don't get rid of the water. Instead, let it cool and then use it to water your plants – the calcium in the water makes a great fertilizer!
7. Watering Plants On Vacation
We've all been a victim of plant death while we're off on vacation. And because coming home to dying or dead plants just ain't it, we've come up with a trick that is going to make sure your plants are thriving at home while you're thriving on vacay. All you need to do is fill a large container with water, put it in an elevated position (on top of a few books, for example), and put a piece of thread from the water into the potting soil – this will provide your lovely plants with enough water to last them for up to 2 weeks!
Fighting fruit flies, making your own fertilizer, or simply trying to keep your plants alive while you're on vacation – now you have all of these skills in your arsenal. Incorporating these hacks into your everyday plant care is going to make your plants happy, which in turn will make you happy. A total win-win situation!