Thursday, April 21, 2011

Potting Houseplants

Potting plants can be relaxing and enjoyable. Here are some easy tips you can follow to ensure that your plants stay healthy in the long run.

1. Make sure that your pots have plenty of drainage so there is someplace for excess water to go. To do this make sure there are holes in the bottom of your pots.

2. Add a drainage layer to the bottom. A couple of things you could use are crumpled coffee filters or foam packing peanuts. My favorite is to cut a circle out of a disposable diaper the size of the bottom of your pot. Stick the diaper in there and then finish potting the plant. Now, when you water, the diaper will absorb water that otherwise might leak all over your table!

3. When you've finished potting your plants, an easy way to keep them pest free is to stick a whole peeled garlic clove into the soil. It will keep bugs out.

4. Here's some easy ways to add minerals to your plant soil. First, cool the water after you've boiled eggs, and use it to water your plants. Or, water your plants using flat club soda.

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