Well, congratulations on becoming a plant parent! We’re be-leaf in you, and we’re sure you’re going to rock this whole parenting thing. But if you’re confused about how to properly care for your plants or are looking for a little guidance on what to do next, we’ve got you covered.

We’re sharing the best plant care tricks and tips from some genius green thumbs, so keep reading to steal (ahem, borrow) their genius tips.

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Sprinkle Eggshells Around Your Plants

Wondering how to ‘feed’ your leafy babies and provide them with extra nutrients and minerals? Green thumbs will know this trick. Sprinkle some cracked eggshell around the plant to provide a rich source of calcium to the soil.

Plants need calcium for proper cell wall development and growth. Plus, eggshells help to deter slugs, insects and other plant-munching insects. So the next time you’re baking in the kitchen, keep those shells!

Use a Saucer to Create Humidity

This is for all your tropical loving plants. You know the ones – the ones that look deceivingly beautiful, but don’t tell you just how difficult they’re going to be to keep alive. Yes, those ones.

Lots of plants require a good level of humidity to survive (humidity most of us don’t have naturally in our homes). If you don’t have a humidifier handy, place a saucer of water near or next to the plant. As the water evaporates, the level of humidity will increase surrounding the plant. No more thin, dry looking leaves.

Light for Legginess

Ever heard the term ‘leggy’? It’s what happens when established plants become too tall or heavy and eventually flop over. One of the reasons plants become leggy is due to a lack of adequate lighting. Plants that need moderate to high light conditions will bend towards the nearest light source and grow much longer stems, and so become spindly and unsightly by nature.

To reduce the chance of legginess, before you buy your leafy buddies flip through the Complete Houseplant Survival Manual to understand which plants would suit the level of light you can provide (and no cheating…there are lives at stake here).

Use Self Watering Plant Spikes

Forget to water your plants? Plant watering spikes help to keep your plant’s soil hydrated even when you can’t. Yes, self watering plant spikes. How cool is that? Plus on Amazon, you can snag a pack of six for less than $17! These work hand in hand with a recycled wine bottle.

Simply fill the empty wine bottle with water and place the terracotta tip over the top. Holding everything together, flip upside down and drive the spike into the soil. Water will very slowly filter through the terracotta.

Bunch Your Leafy Buddies Together

Plants, like humans, function better with friends. Plants often require a higher level of humidity than most indoor environments can provide. And nope, sticking them in the bathroom and praying that the ‘steam is enough’ won’t keep these humidity loving plants alive…for long.

Here’s how to fix that. Plants naturally release water vapor through their leaves during the process of transpiration. Bunching them together creates a pocket of high humidity in an otherwise dry indoor environment.

Become a Plant-enstein with Food Scraps

Want to add more plants to your collection? It’s time to unleash your inner creative genius. Most food scraps from fruit, nuts and herbs can be used as seeds to grow more leafy friends. Of course, most of these plants can’t be grown indoors (minus some herbs), but they can be a super fun pet project if you love a challenge. Plus, this is one of the most frugal ways to add to your collection this season.

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