Good plant care for indoor houseplants doesn’t mean buying expensive tools and products. A lot of the best supplies can be found in your kitchen cupboard, in your bathroom, or even on your head!
We made a list of all the household items you could be using to boost your gardening skills:
Honey makes for a great rooting hormone for propagation cuttings. Dip the end of the stem or leaf into some honey before planting in soil.
Cinnamon can also be used as a rooting hormone! Dip the end of the cutting into some ground cinnamon before planting and this will promote root growth. And yes, you can use both honey and cinnamon on the same cutting if you like.
Putting coffee grounds into the soil will supply your plant with antioxidants, potassium, phosphor and nitrogen – all the good stuff! It is best to put dry coffee grounds in the soil as wet coffee can lead to fungus growth.
Coffee Filter Paper
Use coffee filter paper to line the bottom of the planter before adding the soil and the plant. When it comes to watering time, the paper will prevent soil from coming out the drainage hole and making a mess.
The classic egg shell trick: either use them as seedling starters, or crush the shells up to use in compost.
Apple Cider Vinegar & Dishwashing Liquid
Combine these two kitchen staples to create a bug trap for your houseplants! Check out this blog post on how to catch fungus gnats using this recipe.
Chopsticks or Matchsticks
Chopsticks can be used for many things! Such as creating air pockets in soil, as a support stake for climbing plants, and for checking moisture in the soil.
You can also use matchsticks – and you can even leave them buried in the soil because they are rich in magnesium.
Save your peels, as these can be reused as pest repellent or in compost.
Glass Jars and Bottles
Upcycle your glass jars and bottles for hydroponic gardening or to propagate cuttings.
Green tea contains iron, which plants will absorb if you put into the soil.
Yep! Even your hair can encourage more growth in your plants. Your hair contains magnesium, which plants love. Be mindful if your hair contains dye or other chemicals which could be toxic.
Turn toilet rolls into seedling starters – they are already the perfect size and cost you practically nothing! Toilet rolls are completely biodegradable, so when it’s time to transplant your seedlings into a bigger container or into the garden bed, the cardboard will decompose into the soil. This reduces waste, as well as the transplantation shock and potential root damage.
Full of potassium, banana peels make a great addition to your compost.
Use the ash from your burnt firewood in your plant’s soil. There is plenty of potassium, magnesium and calcium carbonate left in the ash which your plant will soak up and enjoy. The calcium carbonate is especially good as a pH balancer for acidic soil.
How many household items did you tick off this list?