6 At-Home Habits You Already Have That Are Also Helping Your Plants


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Ask any green thumb and they’ll tell you the same thing: Nurturing your plants at home doesn’t require a lot of money — just some of your attention. Since most plants only need light, water, and a growing medium to survive, the trick is giving them the right kind of attention.

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Whether you realize it or not,  there are lots of little things you might already be doing at home to help your plants flourish. From saving plastic produce containers to cleaning your windows regularly, here are six habits that plant experts say can promote better plant growth.

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If you have a habit of hanging onto empty glass and plastic containers, Nika Vaughan, founder of Plant Salon, says they can come in handy for way more than storing leftovers. “You can reuse glass jars and bottles to propagate new plants in water,” she explains.

Saving old containers

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Not only is composting leaves and food scraps an easy way to reduce household waste, it can also help your plants grow stronger. Garden expert Melinda Myers says, "adding layers of compost material to garden bedding creates a nutrient-rich soil that you can add to your houseplant potting medium."


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If wiping down your windows is a part of your weekly housekeeping routine, Lisa Eldred Steinkopf of The Houseplant Guru says you’re also helping your plants grow. “You would be amazed at how much dirt collects on your windows and screens,” she explains.

Cleaning windows regularly

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If you like to keep a spare dish outside to provide a water source for stray animals you can also use it to collect growth-boosting rainwater for your plants. Tap water can be hard on interior plants because of the chlorine and salts included.

Keeping a water dish outside

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While the jury is still out about whether or not talking to or playing music for your plants can actually help them grow, Myers says devoting any type of special attention to them can have a positive impact on their health.

Entertaining your plants

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To ensure your plants thrive when grouped together, Erin Marino of The Sill recommends rotating each one every two or three weeks. “This way the plant will receive natural light on all sides, and won’t start to lean towards the window,” she says.

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