Cheap Indoor Plant Parenting Hacks You Should Know

by Samin Rizvi

Follow these Cheap Indoor Plant Parenting Hacks to keep your green friends happy and alive for long at little or no cost!

Maintaining houseplants can be a tough and expensive task if you don’t know how to do it correctly. To make it easy for you, we bring some of the best Cheap Indoor Plant Parenting Hacks!

Cheap Indoor Plant Parenting Hacks

1. Baking soda as Houseplant Cleaner

To encourage photosynthesis, the foliage must remain clean and dust-free. For doing this, take a soft, lint-free, moist cloth soaked in water and sodium bicarbonate solution (a pinch of baking soda in one liter of water) and gently clean the leaves.

2. Vinegar to Clean Clay pots

Vinegar has several uses in the kitchen, and you can also use this cheap miracle ingredient to clean your clay pots! As the pots absorb calcium, salts, minerals from water, and fertilizers, they end up looking ugly over time.

Make a solution of 1 cup of 5% acidic white vinegar in 3-4 cups of water and soak the pots in this solution for 20-30 minutes. Gently scrub with a soft-bristled brush, and you are done!

3. Cornstarch Reduces Watering Needs

Cornstarch is generally used in every kitchen as a thickening agent in soups, gravy, and other dishes. You can use this ingredient for plants by adding 2 tablespoons to a medium-sized pot.

It will help in restoring the moisture and reduce the frequent watering requirements.

4. Use Old Sponges for Layering

You can use old sponges for layering the bottom of the pots. They will prevent root rot by soaking extra water that runs down the bottom.

5. Use Chopstick to Support Plants

Used wooden chopsticks can be used to support small plants. Insert them in the soil and string up the droopy stems on them using plant tape or intertwine.

6. Seedlings in Eggshell Halves and Empty Cardboard Egg Carton

Don’t buy small pots for growing seedlings. Crack the eggshells carefully to sow seeds in them. 

7.  Eggshell Tea

Eggshell contains 3% phosphorus, .3% magnesium, with traces of sodium, potassium, zinc, manganese, iron, and copper that plant needs. Make its tea by boiling eggshells in a gallon of water and use it to water the plants when it cools down.

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