8 Clever Tricks to Keep Houseplants Happy

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Help potted plants thrive, whether youre home or not.

Aug 12, 2014

Courtesy of Megan Andersen Read

Help potted plants thrive, whether you’re home or not.

Courtesy of Megan Andersen Read

Water Wisely

No one likes returning to a house full of dead plants after a vacation. Next time, leave them with a bottle babysitter. Raid the recycling bin to create a DIY watering globe like this one.

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Or Try the Tub

Our home care expert Heloise recommends turning your tub into a terrarium when you’re out of town. In a sunny bathroom, place planters in a tub filled with a few inches of water, and cover them individually with dry-cleaning bags to keep plants hydrated.

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Courtesy of A Baker’s House

Add a Filter

Before you fill your pot with soil, line the bottom with a coffee filter. This will allow excess water to flow through the drainage hole, but keep dirt where it belongs.

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And Don’t Forget the Grinds

When mixed with your potting soil, ground coffee, which is rich with nutrients, can help your plants grow. It’s a smart addition to your compost pile, too.

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Sneak in a Sponge

Absentminded plant owners take note: Placing a sponge at the bottom of the pot will collect excess water that your plant can continue to drink if you forget to water it.

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Courtesy of a View From the Pines

Pile Pinecones

If you’ve got an abundance of pinecones in your yard, layer some at the base of a planter. They’ll help with water drainage, and help you use less soil — which makes for a lighter, easy-to-move pot.

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Courtesy of My Roman Apartment

Start With Citrus

Save juiced lemon halves for sprouting seedlings. After the seed germinates, you can plant the whole thing (lemon rind and all) into a pot or garden.

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Remember the Rain

One writer at Apartment Therapy remembers how her clever (and frugal) grandmother would collect rain in buckets to water her indoor plants. You can even try putting hardier plants outside for a bit when it rains.

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