8 Tips And Tricks For Vibrant Plants
Adding indoor plants to a generic, boring room can help transform it into a cozy, comfortable part of your home. Those leafy pals and blossoming buddies can really tie a room together and make it feel comfortable and lived-in. Although most people love being around plants, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a green thumb. Luckily, we've come up with 8 tips & tricks for plant care that will keep your buds blooming, flowers growing, and succulents thriving for longer. Your home will look plantastic in no time!
1. Banana Fertilizer
- box cutter
1.1 Cut a small square out of the skin of a banana using a box cutter. Insert a plant with small, struggling roots into the opening you cut in the banana.
1.2 Cut the sides off of the banana and plant the middle section that contains your struggling plant directly into potting soil. You won't believe how quickly your plant will grow!
2. Reattach A Broken Leaf
- box cutter
- wooden skewer
2.1 Use a box cutter to cut the stem of the broken leaf to a sharp point.
2.2 Use a wooden skewer to poke a hole in the mother plant where the leaf fell off.
2.3 Place the broken leaf on the branch where you poked the hole in the mother plant, and secure it with a clothespin. The plant will grow back together in no time!
3. Help Orchids Bloom
- coconut fiber
3.1 If your orchid has stopped flowering, wrap moss and coconut fiber firmly around its roots, then tie everything up snugly with twine.
3.2 Suspend the orchid upside down for 2 days. The suspension creates stress factors for the orchid, which will stimulate growth. The orchid will start to bloom a few days after it has been returned to its original position.
4. Hanging Tower Of Herbs
- plastic bottles
- box cutter
- coffee filters
- hot glue gun
- hole punch
- potting soil
4.1 Cut the top off of a plastic bottle and trim down a coffee filter so that it fits inside of the section of the water bottle you cut off. Use a hot glue gun to glue the coffee filter inside of the plastic bottle top.
4.2 Use a hole punch to punch 1 hole on each side of the top of the plastic bottle.
4.3 Thread a piece of twine through each hole in the top of the plastic bottle and secure it with a knot. Repeat this entire process with 3 more plastic bottles.
4.4 Scoop potting soil into the plastic bottle tops and plant your herbs directly inside.
4.5 Tie the plastic bottle planters to one another using the twine you attached to each one. Screw the cap onto the plastic bottle planter at the bottom of the hanging tower, and make sure the planters above it have their caps removed. Whenever the plant at the top is watered, the water will drip down from top to bottom and reach all of your herbs.
5. Rejuvenate Withered Roses
- aloe vera
5.1 Use scissors to cut the head and wilted leaves off of your struggling rose.
5.2 Cut a small segment off of an aloe vera plant and insert the stem of the rose directly into the center of the piece of aloe.
5.3 Plant the piece of aloe containing the stem directly into potting soil, and soon your rose will start to bloom again!
6. Propagate African Violets
- African violet leaves
- potting soil
- spray bottle with water
6.1 Plant the leaves of an African violet plant directly into potting soil. Use a spray bottle to spray the leaves with water regularly, and after 4 weeks the leaves will begin to grow roots.
6.2 Once the leaves have roots, replant them in their own pots, and soon you'll have new African violets growing strong!
7. DIY Watering Can
- plastic jug
Use a lighter to heat the tip of a screwdriver and poke a few holes in the cap of a plastic jug. Fill the jug with water and quench your plants' thirst!
8. Natural Fertilizer
- hair from your hair brush
Remove some hair directly from your hairbrush and place it on top of the soil surrounding any of your houseplants. Hair acts as a natural fertilizer because it contains nitrogen, which helps plants grow!
With the help of these easy plant hacks, nothing can stop you from filling your space with gorgeous, healthy plants and flowers! Become the plant pro you were always meant to be, and enjoy your new green thumb!