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The 4th of July is a day for celebrating. It's the day our great country earned its independence. When we could proudly say, we are the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave! 

We gather together with family and friends for a backyard cookout, a day at the beach, or just out around town. At night the sky is filled with bright sparkles and loud blasts of fireworks to remind us of that freedom. It's also a long weekend, and if you're like me the day after all the festivities you need a restful day. Whether you're recovering from all that fun, or just need a day to unwind, these four plant care hacks can help. Studies show that spending time and caring for plants can help relax the mind and body. So give these plant care hacks a try and kick back.



Hack #1: Share your morning coffee


 

Start the day off by using your leftover coffee to water your plants. Take whatever is left in your coffee pot or cup and dilute it with water. The acid in the coffee will give your house plants a nice pick-me-up! Monsteras, Rubber plants, and Snake plants especially love acidic soil. Don't worry if you drank all the coffee, you can use the coffee grinds instead, just add them to the plant's soil. 



Hack #2:  Dust those leaves


 

Forget about dusting your house today, dust your house plants leaves instead. It takes a lot less energy and time. Plus, you'll feel a sense of connection and joy making those leaves shine! A clean plant is a happy plant. Gently wipe the leaves with a moist cloth or paper towel, and you'll see the difference.



Hack #3: Rotate your plants


 

Go around the house and rotate all your houseplants pots a quarter turn. This helps the plant grow more evenly and distribute sunlight to all the leaves. Make this part of your watering routine for optimal results.


Hack #4: Epsom salt cure


If you have a house plant with yellowing leaves then this is the perfect hack for you. Dissolve 1 tbsp of Epsom salt in 1 liter of water. Transfer the mixture to a spray bottle. Then evenly spray the leaves of your house plant. Yellow leaves can be a sign of magnesium or sulfur deficiency. Luckily, epsom salt contains both! Use this solution once a month. 

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