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8 Clever Tricks to Keep Houseplants Happy

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

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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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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