Take Your Plant Parenting Skills Up a Notch With These 16 Hacks From TikTok

Can we all agree that millennial and Gen-Z plant parents are on a whole other level? They turn living spaces into sprawling jungles and somehow know all the tricks to make plants survive and thrive in any climate. Moist bathrooms, poorly lit bedrooms, sunlit living rooms, dingy basements — you name it, these plant magicians know exactly what to do. So what better than to learn a few tips and tricks from the plant gurus themselves? We turned to TikTok to discover all the informative plant hacks these smarty plants have to share, and trust us, they'll change your life. From watering to fertilizing to propagating and more, get in the spirit of modern plant parenting with these TikTok hacks ahead.

Create the Perfect Potting Soil Mixture

Soil is the key to making plants thrive, but if your soil doesn't control water drainage properly, it can seriously affect the health of your plant. To ensure you have the perfect potting soil, mix 1/3 organic potting soil, 1/3 orchid bark mix, 1/3 horticultural charcoal, and 1/3 perlite to guarantee your plant thrives.

Use Boiled Egg Water as Fertilizer

As it turns out, eggshells produce calcium and potassium into the water when they're boiled, which are good for plants! Rather than throwing out your boiled eggs water, let it cool down and use it to water your plants.

Bottom Water Your Plants to Prevent Overwatering

If your planters have drainage holes at the bottom, they can also be used to suck up water. Bottom watering is a great way to ensure your plants aren't overwatered and can be done in as little as 10 minutes.

Use Coffee as Fertalizer

If you have black coffee left over, it may be beneficial for your plants. Acidic-loving plants like pilea, aloe vera, calathea, ferns, begonia, dieffenbachia, hydrangeas, and more love the potassium and magnesium in coffee. Just make to dilute it 1/4 coffee to 3/4 water, and watch your plants flourish!

Use Rainwater to Water Your Plants

If it's legal in your state, capture rainwater and use it to water your plants. Mother Nature is the best medicine, after all.

Use Spice Jars to Propagate Plants

As it turns out, spice jars make the perfect plant propagators. To do this, soak an empty spice jar in hot water for 20 minutes to remove its label, then fill it with water and stick your plant cuttings through the holes at the top. This way, the top of your cuttings stay dry while their roots soak in water.

How to Turn an Avocado Into a Tree

Turn an avocado into a tree by removing the seed, washing it, and sticking three to four toothpicks around its sides. Rest the avocado on top of a vase, keeping it half-submerged in water, and you'll see roots in just a few weeks!

Use Eggshells to Create Natural Fertilizer

Remember when we said eggshells contained nutrients that plants love? Well, besides using the water from boiled eggs, you can also crush eggshells, add water, and let them sit for two days to create a natural fertilizer that your plants will thank you for.

How to Propagate Succulents With Water Only

If you own a succulent plant and want to propagate it, grab a cutting near its root and place it in water. Make sure to replace the water weekly, and in about a month, you'll start seeing healthy roots!

Humidify Your Plants Instead of Misting Them

It's a common misconception that misting your plants is good for them, when in fact, the mist can sit on your plant's leaves and create bacteria. Instead of misting, opt for a humidifier instead. A humidifier produces fine particles of water into the air that won't sit on your plant's leaves like large droplets of water do.

Use a Pebble Tray to Increase Humidity

If you don't have a humidifier, a pebble tray is another good option to increase humidity. Simply fill a tray with pebbles or small rocks and fill it halfway with water. From there, place your plant on top and as the water evaporates, it will increase the humidity around your plant.

Use a Moisture Meter to Water Your Plants

Moisture meters are extremely helpful and will tell you how moist your soil is so that you never overwater your plants.

Use a Wooden Stick as a Moisture Meter

If you don't want to buy a moisture meter to tell if your plant needs watering, opt for a wooden stick instead. The wooden stick goes into the plant's soil, and if your plant's moist, it will show dirt when it's pulled out. If it's dry, there will be no dirt.

How to Propagate Plants

Save yourself some money and propagate your plants! To do this, simply take a cutting from a plant you like and create a whole new plant out of it (make sure your cutting has a node and a couple of leaves on top). From there, stick your trimming in water, and in a few weeks, you'll have roots.

Rotate Your Plants Regularly

Regularly rotating indoor plants (especially if they're near a window) is important to ensure that your plant is even and that each side is receiving sunlight. Plants naturally stretch and bend toward the sun, so by rotating your plant, it will grow evenly.

Use Sponges to Prevent Root Rot

If you want healthy plant hydration, place a few sponges at the bottom of your plant pot. By doing this, the sponge will prevent your plant's roots from rotting (while retaining moisture!).