If you’re new to caring for houseplants, it’s easy to feel very overwhelmed. Of course, plants need water, air, soil, and sunlight, but there are a few products that will help your plants thrive.
We selected 5 products that can take the guesswork out of plant care and prevent you from making some common indoor gardening mistakes.
A watering can is a must-have. Any kind will do, really, but we prefer one with a narrow spout. This helps target the water to a specific area, and it enables you to keep control over how much comes out. Also, it’s beneficial for smaller plants (less than 6" pot diameter).
A good pair of pruning shears is essential to any plant parent. Ripping or using scissors to remove dead foliage is a big no-no because it can cause permanent damage to the plant's stem or leaves. We don't want that!
A soil meter is invaluable for any plant parent to ensure you aren’t over- or under-watering your plants. Simply slide the switch to indicate which reading you’d like to take and place the meter in the soil. It will quickly work to detect the level and display it on the readout scale at the top of the meter.
Some plants love a little mist to help increase humidity. It’s best to water and mist plants in the morning. "To check the moisture level of your soil, stick your finger into the soil to a depth of one inch—midway between the rim of the pot and the base of the plant. If the soil feels dry, it's time to water or gently mist your houseplant. Tropical houseplants and plants that love high-humidity—such as the Chinese Evergreen, Boston Fern, and Majesty Palm—will benefit most from misting.
Keep pests from ruining your potted plants with these sticky traps. Each pack includes 12 bright yellow traps designed to attract small insects such as fruit flies, aphids, fungus gnats, and whiteflies. Once the pests make contact, they’ll be trapped by the sticky glue, sparing your plants.