The Ice Cube Trick That Will Save Your Houseplants

Over-watering is one of the most common causes of houseplant demise, but a simple solution may reside within your freezer.

Instead of hydrating plants with a watering can, which can result in messy H20 overflow, try placing a large ice cube (or a few small ones) on the soil once a week. Green-thumbed bloggers like Jillian at I Am a Homemaker and Elise of Enjoy It say the slow-melting ice gives roots and dirt enough time to absorb the water properly.

This method is great for hard-to-reach specimens (like hanging plants) and orchids, because their roots need to be well drained, without any water pooling at the bottom, according to Amanda Gutterman at Gardenista.