Annette Matthew grows around 300 varieties of plants in her Thane home. But being a plant parent, it was difficult to monitor the watering of plants while on holiday so she devised a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) method.
Here are seven simple tips that you can adopt to keep plants healthy
Take a plastic bottle, make small holes with the help of a needle on its cover and place it upside down in the pot in such a way that water slowly drips to the roots.
If you have wide tubs, fill them with water and place the pots in them to retain moisture.
To avoid mosquitoes breeding in the water, spray a solution consisting of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide and three drops of dishwashing liquid mixed with water in the tub.
Take a cotton cloth and turn it into a thin rope. Place one end of the rope in a tumbler of water and the other end inside the plant pot in such a way that it reaches the roots. This will help retain moisture.
Use a mixture that can absorb water. Adding more cocopeat to the mix will help in retaining water.
Another effective method is mulching wherein the plants are to be watered well to add dry leaves or a wet cloth around the plant.