Watering your plants with ice cubes – would you try this?
An unusual trend has taken the internet by storm – watering your plants with ice cubes.
We look at why it’s grown in popularity, plus some of the challenges that arise from this method.
A different way to water
Ice cubes are a popular solution for temperamental house plants because it essentially amounts to slow-release hydration.
The ice melts slowly, which means water can be absorbed into the soil gradually rather than all at once. For busy gardeners and special plants like orchids, ice cubes present a simple solution.
Another advantage of the ice cube method is that since the soil is able to absorb water gradually, water won’t pool or leak from the bottom of your plant pots, leaving less mess along the way.
Some things to watch for
While it’s true overwatering is one of the most common ways to kill an orchid plant, critics of this method say using ice cubes can be damaging too, particularly in cases where roots are exposed.
The cold from the ice cube could potentially harm your plant if it comes in direct contact with the roots. This is particularly true for delicate plants where the roots are exposed or tropical plants that thrive in humidity.
The same way it’s recommended not to water your plants with ice cold water as it may shock them, ice cubes are best used with plants where there is enough distance between the topsoil – where the cube will gradually melt – and the roots, which will absorb the water.
What do you think about watering plants using ice cubes? Is it a simple solution or a foolish idea? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor
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