Woman revels 'magical trick' to keeping your houseplants healthy

Must See 21/05/2020

As most plant parents know, the delicate balance of water, sun, air and general thoughts and prayers needed to keep your houseplants flourishing can be a tricky one. 

If you've ever overwatered your monstera, you'll know that just one wrong move can result in the sad sight of a dead plant the next day. 

Luckily, plant queen Reagan Kastner is here to help. The US woman works with plants for a living and documents many secret tips and tricks on her TikTok. 

In a now-viral video that's racked up almost 200,000 views, Kastner reveals you actually have a "magical power to know when your plants need to be watered". 

That power? Your finger. 

"Stick your finger about this deep in any plant if you take it out and you see dirt on it, don't water! Overwatering kills plants," Kastner reveals. 

"If you stick your finger in and it only a little dry dirt is dusting your finger, it's the time."

She goes on to explain that if you let the soil get "completely bone dry" your plant may get a little sad, but it will "bounce back".

"But if you overwater it, it will not bounce back." 

It will be a much-needed tip for those of us who have been watering perhaps a little too enthusiastically while stuck inside with our plants during lockdown.