Honey and ice cubes: this is the best way to keep your plants alive

You want to give your house some colour by planting a few beautiful houseplants, but no matter how well you take care of them: before you know it, they are hanging from misery. Away with dead stems and rotting roots, FREE for you five handy tips and tricks.

1. Ice, ice, baby

The biggest stumbling block: watering plants. Too much, too little, forgotten… Hassle! Too much water gives you rotting roots, flies and pathetic hanging plants. And too little water means a dehydrated plant. How do you make sure you get the right amount of water? Theres a trick for that: an ice cube. Huh, how? Laying the ice cube on top of the plants soil ensures that the plant gradually absorbs water when it needs it. Easy does it.

2. Burn baby burn

Nice plants in the window sill, is it all right? Plants need at least some sun. Yes, sun is good for the photosynthesis of the plant. But never put the plants directly behind the window. The suns rays through the window can be so harmful to the plant that the leaves burn. Note: this is different for cacti and succulents. They can withstand the full sun.

3. Claim place

Nice, such an urban jungle in the house. But somehow plant A takes to the air and plant B thinks: find out. That may be because one plant overshadows the other. Plant A gets enough light to grow, plant B doesnt catch enough sun to photosynthesise. A solution for this could be not to put the plants too close together and give each plant enough space to catch light.

4. Helicopter view

A problem that plant lovers have probably run into at some point: how do I ensure that the plants are watered when Im on holiday? You can, of course, give the key to the neighbours, but not everyone can make this choice. Put a pan or bucket near the plants. Then put a string in the pan with water and push the end of the string into the soil of your plant. In this way the plant can suck up water from the string when it thinks it is needed.

5. Honey honey

Sometimes the top of your plant wants to give way, but the stem still looks fine. Then all you need is a potato and some honey. Cut the stem completely bare, dip the potato in honey and then put the stem in the honey potato. Honey plays a useful role in the cultivation of plants. It is used as a root stimulator for cuttings, but also as a fertiliser. Be careful when buying the honey: choose 100% pure honey without glucose syrup. This honey has fungicidal and antibacterial properties, so it protects the roots against infections. After about one to two weeks you will see that the roots start to form! Like magic.