HOUSE­PLANT HELPERS

Do It Yourself - - Make It -

In­door plants are eas­ier than ever

to grow with th­ese ex­tras.

1. MOIS­TURE TESTER

With small pots, a fin­ger will do. But to mea­sure soil mois­ture in large pots of 12 inches or more, use a mois­ture tester. It comes with a long metal probe that pen­e­trates deep into the pot to tell you whether wa­ter­ing is needed.

2. MOIS­TURE-HOLD­ING

GRAN­ULES If you have wa­ter-loving plants, add th­ese white crys­tals to your soil mix be­fore plant­ing. They ab­sorb ex­tra mois­ture to re­duce wa­ter­ing fre­quency by up to 50 per­cent. Do not use with suc­cu­lents or cacti.

3. IN­SECT CON­TROL Mix this odor­less pes­ti­cide into the top 1–2 inches of soil. It will be taken up by plants to pro­tect them against com­mon pests like aphids, white­flies, and mealy­bugs.

4. WA­TER­ING BULB

Head­ing out of town for a few days? Get some hy­dra­tion help. Wa­ter your plant first, then fill a Plant Quencher wa­ter­ing bulb with wa­ter. Quickly flip it over and in­sert the stem 2–3 inches into the soil, where it can slowly add more mois­ture as the soil dries.

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