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Houseplants > Planters

Bounce. Before filling a planter with soil, place a used sheet of Bounce in the bottom of the planter to prevent the soil from leaking out. The porous dryer sheet lets water seep through— without rotting the sturdy fabric.

Bubble Wrap and Scotch Packaging Tape. To protect plastic, wood, and fiberglass planters left outside during the winter months, wrap the planters with Bubble Wrap and secure in place with Scotch Packaging Tape. The Bubble Wrap helps insulate the plants from the elements. (Do not line the bottom of the planter to allow for drainage.)

Clorox Bleach. To disinfect recycled plastic pots and planters, mix three-quarters cup Clorox Bleach per one gallon of water in a bucket, let the planters soak in the sanitizing solution for one hour, then rinse and dry.

Depend. If excess water leaks from a planter, place the pot inside a pair of Depend, creating a diaper for the plant. Con ceal the adult diaper by placing the planter inside a second, larger pot.

L’eggs Sheer Energy Panty Hose. Before filling a planter with soil, place a used, balled-up pair of L’eggs Sheer Energy Panty Hose in the bottom of the pot. The nylon screen prevents soil from leaking from the bottom of the planter, while allowing water to drain freely.

Lipton Tea Bags. Before potting a plant, place several Lipton Tea Bags (new or used) on top of the drainage layer of pebbles, pottery shards, or panty hose (see L’eggs Sheer Energy Panty Hose above) at the bottom of the planter. The tea bags retain water and provide nutrients for the plant.

 

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