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I’m a gardening expert – there’s an effortless way to water your “needy” plants when you’re not around

MANY would-be gardeners forget to set up plant care before they leave town.

Returning from vacation to a house full of dead leaves is incentive enough to give up gardening experiments.

TikTok user Justine Cruz Shannon shared her clever hack for watering

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TikTok user Justine Cruz Shannon shared her clever hack for watering “needy” plantsPhoto credit: tiktok/selfcareplants
The hack uses a cotton rope to periodically add water to the soil

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The hack uses a cotton rope to periodically add water to the soilPhoto credit: tiktok/selfcareplants

But one lady with a green thumb shared her simple trick for watering plants while on vacation, and if you’re a lazy “plant mom,” you can actually use the strategy year-round.

Justine Cruz Shannon, who lives in Ontario, uses her TikTok account, SelfCarePlants, to catalog her massive (and ever-growing) collection of plants.

Recently, Shannon shared the “wicking method” she uses to water her plants in need of extra water, keeping them hydrated while she’s away.

In a video, she demonstrated the method, which is also inexpensive.

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First, Shannon cut a piece of cotton string long enough to reach between a water container and into the planter.

Then she filled a vase with water and added plant food for extra nutrients.

Shannon placed one end of the cotton rope in the water solution and buried the other end in the ground in the middle of the plant.

Then she placed the planter and water together on a shelf, with the water slightly higher.

That difference in elevation is important — it allows the water to flow down the line and into the ground, Shannon explained.

You can use the hack before you go on vacation, or use it year-round for tricky plants that you often forget to water.

“Eventually I just refill the water,” Shannon explained in the comments.

She uses the wicking method for her nerve plant, which “has such beautiful markings but needs to be watered so often.”

Shannon first tried the hack during a 12-day vacation and was pleasantly surprised by the results.

Although not all of her plants got enough water – the basil plant withered despite the wick buried in the ground – most thrived when she returned, and some even showed new growth.

Much of the soil felt damp and some plants even had excess water running out of the planting holes.

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The plant fanatic emphasized one point in particular for anyone trying the trick at home.

“Make sure the rope you choose actually soaks up water,” she advised.

Put one end of the string in water and bury the other deep in the ground

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Put one end of the string in water and bury the other deep in the groundPhoto credit: tiktok/selfcareplants
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