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TikTok creator Christine (@_forthehome) has some impressive indoor plants in her living space, and that might be thanks to her banana tea fertilizer. The recipe couldn’t be simpler: just fill a jar with banana peels and water, close and let brew for three days, then water your plants with the mixture.

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You can cut back on kitchen waste and feed your plants at the same time with this DIY eggshell fertilizer from TikTok user @maya.sarah19. To make the fertilizer, crush up leftover eggshells and cover with water. After two days, you can water your plants with the mixture.

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Almost all vegetables and most flowers need about six hours of full sun each day. Spend a day in your chosen spot, and watch how the sun moves across the space. It might receive more sun than you think.

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If you’ve ever lost half of your strawberry plant to hungry birds, you need this hack from @makaylacosta14 in your life. To keep birds away, paint rocks with red paint and place them throughout your strawberry patch. The birds will be attracted to the rocks instead of the fruit but will get discouraged and fly away when they realize there’s no food.

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Transplanting small starters can be tricky. You risk losing the root bulb and having all the soil fall off before your plant is even in the ground. But this genius double-cup transplanting trick from @stevo.the.tinker will make it easy to transplant your starter to a garden bed where it can thrive.

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If you brought pots and urns indoors during the winter, you can take them outside once temperatures are consistently above 45 degrees. Place the plants and flowers in appropriate areas around your patio or deck — some plants need shade, while others require direct sunlight. If you grew plants indoors during winter with a hydroponic garden, make sure you have enough pots or urns if you’d like to replant them outdoors.

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Reagan Kastner is a houseplant stylist and “the hero your dying plants need,” so it’s no surprise this TikTok plantfluencer is there for first time plant parents. If you’re dipping your toes into the world of plant buying for the first time, she recommends the hearty ZZ plant thanks to its ability to tolerate anything from low to bright light, the low maintenance watering schedule, and the easy of cloning giving you more bang for your buck.

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Pet owners have another big concern when picking out their first plants: is this nontoxic for my dog or cat? TikTok user @joy.of.plants has those longtime pet parents and aspiring plant parents covered with this list of pet safe plants for beginners. Notably the pothos, snake plant, and ZZ plant are nixed from the list due to toxicity, but you can still hone your green thumb with the baby rubber plant peperomia, quick growing spider plant, and the waxy flowering hoya plant.

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Pruning the stems of a houseplant is just the first step. After a few years, depending on how fast a plant grows, roots will fill a pot until they have no room left to grow. Roots attempting to escape out the drainage hole of a pot is one indication of overcrowding.

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The most obvious reason to prune a houseplant's stems is to keep the plant manageable. For example, growing in the ground in a tropical climate, branches of weeping fig, a familiar houseplant, will reach skyward and spread as high and wide as a sugar maple's. Indoors, at the very least, your ceilings limit the desired height of a houseplant. For looks, you might want to keep the plant smaller, perhaps much, much smaller.

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There aren’t many don’ts for starting up a milkweed patch, Hasle said, but one plant to avoid is tropical milkweed, a nonnative plant that flowers late in the season. The best garden is one you can sustain, Hasle said. And it can make for a fun family project.

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There’s not a one-size-fits-all monarch garden. Although the Field Museum’s project is still fairly new, there are already some findings after a pilot and pandemic season. Participants sent in weekly reports, including the makeup of their garden, and development of eggs and caterpillars.

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Jessica of @the.orange.home shows how to make open shelving as beautiful as it is functional. By adding plants, décor, and infrequently used items to the top shelf, she adds a touch of style. Decanting dry goods into separate matching containers also eliminates the cluttered look of packaging.

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Last year, Bloomscape’s top-selling plant was the mini money tree, which is purported to bring positive energy and good luck to the owner.

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