Put Leftover Ice in House Plants

This is a little tip for people who like conserving energy and water. When there is ice left in the glasses after a meal, I always pop them altogether and then put that ice into the house plants rather just throw it down the drain. It is a shame to have used the electricity to make the cubes and then just throw them all away. Saves a bit of fresh water too!

By Maura from New York, NY

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July 16, 20100 found this helpful

Good that you mentioned this. I always do it as well.:)

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

I do not think that popping ice cubes in your houseplants is good, you give them a temperature shock and your plants will dye, striating to get brown at the stem, or get mildew.

To avoid such a temp shock, it is even recommended to let the water sit for a while to get to room temperature.

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July 18, 20100 found this helpful

I use the water collected from my humidifier to water my plants, inside and out. It always seemed a shame to pour that water down the drain.

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June 23, 20110 found this helpful

You can put your plants into shock by using the ice. Plants do not like extreme cold water or hot water either. Water should be room temperature to make your plants happy.

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June 25, 20110 found this helpful

It's definitely a great idea for orchids. (This comes from a nursery.) I don't know about houseplants though but worth a try. :-)

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