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Canberra woman shares the little-known trick of preventing her plants from dying after getting too much water

Why you should put a tampon in your plants: Woman reveals the bizarre trick she uses to prevent her plants from dying – and it works every time

  • A Canberra woman shared a little-known trick to keep her plants from dying
  • The Canberra plant owner decided to put unused tampons in the dirt
  • The product doubled in size after absorbing all the excess water from the jars
  • She said the trick works well for those who accidentally overwater their plants

A woman explained how sticking tampons in the soil of her houseplants can prevent them from getting too much water each time.

The Canberra plant owner decided to put the feminine hygiene product in the dirt of her hoya plants after accidentally drowning them in water.

Within a few hours, she came back to find that the tampons had doubled in size after sucking up all the excess water from the pots.

When the roots drown in water, the plant cannot extract the nutrients from the soil or supply water to the upper parts of the leaves, causing it to change color, wilt or die.

A woman put tampons in the soil of her plants after accidentally over-watering them

A woman put tampons in the soil of her plants after accidentally over-watering them

“Laughing and hacking? I’ve been over-watering some of my hoys lately, and I was concerned that these new ones were having the same problem, ”she said in a Facebook group.

“I don’t use tampons, but had them in the back of the closet and half of the packets were damaged and still garbage, so I thought I’d give it a try.

“It worked damn. They have doubled in size. This much moisture is extracted from the ground in a few hours. So if you accidentally over-water your sensitive plants, put a tampon in them. ‘

Hundreds of plant owners were stunned by the simple method, many of which describe it as ‘genius’, a ‘game changer’, ‘smart’ and a ‘great idea’.

Hundreds of plant owners were stunned by the simple method, many of which describe it as 'genius', a 'game changer', 'smart' and a 'great idea'

Hundreds of plant owners were stunned by the simple method, many of which describe it as 'genius', a 'game changer', 'smart' and a 'great idea'

Hundreds of plant owners were stunned by the simple method, many of which describe it as ‘genius’, a ‘game changer’, ‘smart’ and a ‘great idea’

‘This is genius! Omg I used rolled toilet paper and changed every few hours, this is so much better, “said one woman.

“I never thought of this! Win, “said another, joking,” Wait a minute, I need to replace my plant tampon. Love it! Good idea!’

One person admitted that the tampon trick will come in handy for her plants because she is a ‘chronic over-waterer’ [sic]. ‘

Another plant owner said, ‘OMG wish I had known this, just repotted a prayer plant in the hope that I didn’t drown it! Fantastic!’

Within hours, she came back and found that the feminine hygiene product had doubled in size after taking up all the excess water from the jars

Within hours, she came back and found that the feminine hygiene product had doubled in size after taking up all the excess water from the jars

Within hours, she came back and found that the feminine hygiene product had doubled in size after taking up all the excess water from the jars

Others suggested using the tampon as a ‘self-watering’ plant system by placing the end of the string in a bowl of water.

“I saw someone use this in a kind of opposite way. They left, so they put the tampon through the bottom and dangled the rope in a bowl of water. Self-watering system, “said one.

Another woman added, “That’s a good idea if you’re traveling and can’t water your plants or get a house sitter, while one of them suggested,” Tampons absorb but if you can keep that string in water, it should keep that tampon wet for a while in the jar. ‘

Meanwhile, others thanked the woman for brightening their day with her tip.

“This made me laugh hysterically,” said one woman, while another said, “Great tip! I will try. I just can’t stop laughing! ‘

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