TikTok skilled weighs in

A GARDENING expert delves into the hacks that went viral on TikTok to help green-fingered Brits make their hobby a success.

Miracle-Gro’s horticultural expert Kate Turner shared her views on the latest trends, which are making millions of hits on the social media app.

A gardening expert commented on TikTok hacks


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The first videothere is no right or wrong way to water plants.

“There is such a thing as wrong watering, you want to water around the plant and not over your head,” the short clip contains the woman’s words.

According to The Express, the green thumb expert spoke to a woman who confirmed TikTok was correct.

“You should never water your plants from above, so this advice is spot on,” said Kate.

“By wetting the leaves, you promote fungal diseases and the water evaporates faster.

“I would always recommend watering in the morning instead of in the evening.”

TikTok Video # 2 It has been claimed that planting an onion with garlic for cooking will bring out a new head.

Kate said that tip was not entirely correct.

“I wouldn’t recommend using store-bought garlic for propagation because you don’t know the strain,” she said.

“Knowing the variety of garlic is important because store-bought ones are generally only intended for cooking and have grown in warm weather and therefore need the same weather to grow new seedlings.

“You should buy garlic plants from UK nurseries or garden centers as they are specially grown for our cooler temperatures and are more disease resistant.”

A third video was posted by @epicgardening. The TikToker explained that blowing new seedlings with a fan will help strengthen them and encourage them to grow.

“Do you see these seedlings wiggling in the wind?” They said it in the video.

“Well, that’s because I set up a fan to actually blow air on it to strengthen the stems and grow beautiful and sturdy seedlings.

“This is one of the things that novice gardeners get the most confused about when they start their seedlings indoors. You have to mimic Mother Nature!”

However, the gardening expert said that this hack isn’t necessarily wrong, but it’s not perfect.

It’s solid as it strengthens the stems and leaves ready to be planted outdoors, but it can be difficult for most home growers, “said Kate.

“Instead of using a fan, I suggest gently hand stroking the seedlings a few times a day to reproduce a breeze.

“If there’s a light breeze outside and the weather is warm enough, you can place your seedlings near an open window and remember to close it as soon as the temperature drops.”

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