Leilani Smith
Leilani Smith
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How To Have Lush, Healthy Houseplants With Less Watering

6 Materials
15 Minutes
Easy

I don’t usually have a black thumb, but for some reason my philodendrons, spider plants and Pothos plants (in other words, hard to kill plants) were just not thriving. In fact, they had all the typical traits of an unhealthy plant.
But DIAPERS changed all of this!
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
Now I have lush, healthy houseplants and my watering has been cut in half if not more. If you've been wondering if this diaper trick really works, let this post be a confirmation.
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
You will need:
1 package of unused diapers (any size or variety)
Potting soil
Potted plant or flower of your choice (except succulents)
Watering can
Trowel
1 heavy,tip-proof bowl
1 large mixing container
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
Gently loosen the soil around the root ball with a trowel. Carefully lift the entire plant and roots out of the pot, using your fingers to push off the excess soil around the roots. To keep the roots from drying out while you work, drape the plant over a large, tip-proof bowl full of water and place the roots in the water.
If you discover the plant to be root-bound, gently uncoil and prune any thick, tough, choking roots.
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
Open up a fresh diaper and hold it under running water until completely saturated. Next, cut or tear open the cotton lining to reveal the gel inside.
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
To keep from making an absolute mess, empty the potting soil from your plant pot into a separate container. Next, add all of the gel from one diaper to the pot.
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
Pour in a little water if the potting soil is too dry and with your hands, mix the soil up good until the gel is completely combined.
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
Here is how my depleted potting soil looked before and after the addition of diaper gel.
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
Fill your pot one-third of the way with the amended soil. Remove your plant from its water bowl and carefully arrange in the pot, making sure the roots are evening placed. Evenly distribute the rest of the soil back into the pot. Thoroughly water the plant–you’ll be surprised how much water the soil will hold.
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
This small pot held an entire 4 cups of water without one drop leaking out the bottom! This may sound like you are drowning the plant but the diaper gel absorbs the water fast and then releases it SLOWLY as the plant needs it.
For this reason, you don't need to water as much.
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
Here is how my spider plant looked 15 days after its last watering.
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
Here are some pothos plants 19 days after their last watering.
how to have lush healthy houseplants with less watering, gardening, home decor
And I can't remember the last time I watered the spider plant in my kitchen. And yet, the leaves are tender and green. Before the diaper trick, these leaves would be limp and pale by now.
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  • Di Marie
    on Apr 22, 2019

    Can you just place a clean open diaper in pot & fill potting soul on tipvs cutting up a diaper?

    • Susan Snyder
      on Apr 22, 2019

      No. The polymer inside the diaper compartment must be mixed with the soil. If water goes into an intact diaper compartment, it will be trapped there.

      Only mixing the polymer with the soil and letting them touch allows the soil to gain access to the water through direct osmosis. If the fabric membrane is between the soil and polymer, it won’t happen.

      (As a matter of fact, your soil will get dryer: that fabric layer “wicks” moisture away from whatever touches that side. That’s how it keeps a baby’s bottom dry. So it will draw the moisture out of any soil that touches it.)

  • Jeannine
    on Apr 22, 2019

    Can You do this with vegetable plants? 🍅🥒🥬


  • Sylvia
    on Apr 24, 2019

    So, how often do we water the plants, and does this mean even after watering none of the water gets to the bottom?

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