13 Bizarre Houseplant Tricks Worth Noting

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Want to keep your indoor plants happy and fine? Here are 13 Bizarre Houseplant Tricks Worth Noting. Yes! They work, and how? Find out!

Sometimes, strange ways are the best! Keeping that in mind, here are some Bizarre Houseplant Tricks Worth Noting for you!

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Bizarre Houseplant Tricks Worth Noting

1. Shake the Trunk of Fiddle Leaf Fig

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Wiggling strengthens the trunk of a fiddle leaf fig as it imitates the wind. Try this trick 2-3 times a week, wiggling the plant gently from side to side for a while.

Check out the most amazing Fiddle Leaf Fig decor ideas here

2. Bigger Hosta With Epsom Salt

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Apply Epsom salt in hostas for treating stunted growth, making leaves greener and thicker as it encourages chlorophyll levels. It also improves the immunity of the plant against pests and diseases.

Here’s all you need to know about using Epsom salt for Hostas

3. Milk & Water Leaf Shiner For Rubber Plant

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Milk has lactic acid, it can be used for cleaning the foliage. Mix 30 percent skimmed milk and 70 percent water in a spray bottle or a bowl. Dip a clean cloth in the solution and wipe the glossy rubber plant leaves. Ensure to wipe beneath the foliage where mildew hides.

This trick is also effective against powdery mildew and other fungal infections on your houseplants.

4. Fish Head in the Potting Hole

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Before planting any houseplant, put a fish head in the potting hole containing phosphorus, calcium, manganese, and magnesium. It helps promote lush foliage as the microorganism decomposes the soil’s head.

Fill one-third of the pot with potting mix, put fish head, cover with soil and place your houseplant.

Check out Fish Head benefits for plants here

5. Mayonnaise for Houseplants

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Accumulated dust on the leaf restricts the plant from absorbing sunlight and CO2, impacting photosynthesis. It works best for Ficus, Philodendron, Pothos, Elephant ears, Snake plant, and Rubber plant.

The mild vinegar content in mayonnaise makes it a fantastic cleaning agent, and the vegetable oil traces and egg yolks bring luster to the leaf surface that is cleaned.

We have a great article on how to use Mayonnaise for Houseplants here

6. Caffeine for Pothos

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Do you know houseplants also crave coffee as it helps in the biological process and speeds up photosynthesis? For fast growth of pothos, you can dress the soil with used coffee grounds or spent tea leaves sporadically.

7. Onion Skin Fertilizer

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Instead of throwing onion skin in the trash bin, make smart use of it by preparing organic potassium-rich fertilizer for indoor plants. It is enriched in calcium, iron, copper, and magnesium. Using it will boost disease resistance, strong stems, and lush growth.

Take 2-3 handfuls of onion skins and soak them in 1-liter water for 24 hours after stirring well. Feed your plants with this onion tea 3-4 times a month.

8. Let Plants Enjoy Music

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Though plants can’t hear according to this research, they feel vibrations. A Study indicates that music directly impacts the growth rate of the plants.

The balsam plant showed an increase of 20 percent in height and the overall biomass by a whopping 72 percent! Among different forms of music, flute, harmonium, and violin were the most effective.

Do Plants Like Music? Find out here

9. Ice Cubes for Watering

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New plant parents are much concerned about watering and unintentionally killing the plants by over or under-watering. This problem can be overcome by using ice cubes!

Put 1-2 ice cubes in the pot to send a slow and consistent dose of water to the soil while melting, saving the soil from turning waterlogged.

Note: Avoid placing the ice cubes directly touching the plant root or stem.

10. Baking Soda as Fungus Killer

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To promote photosynthesis, the leaves must remain clean and dust-free. For doing this, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a liter of water, mix well, and use this solution to gently clean the leaves using a soft cotton cloth. You can also use baking to deal with a fungal infection, learn more about it here.

Read about more baking soda uses in the garden here

11. Club Soda for Plants

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Club soda includes minerals like sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and sulfur that plants love. It helps the houseplants to grow greener and bigger.

Simply use club soda to water the plants once in 4-6 weeks.

12. Cat Litter in Soil for Cacti & Succulents

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Succulents and cacti like well-draining soil, and this is where cat litter comes to the rescue! Make your own potting mix with 50% regular soil and 50% cat litter. Make sure to use fragrance-free and clay-based litter variety.

13. Dog Food Fertlizer for Houseplants

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Dog food can be used to transform infertile soil. It is rich in nutrients that boost plants growth. To multiply its effects, you can add clay cat litter and alfalfa pellets in it, too.

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