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Raise your hand if you killed an houseplant in the past year. (Don’t worry – no one is looking.) If your rock solid routine of doing nothing with your plants but just watering them when you remember to remember doesn’t work, it may be time to invest in the essential tools for all of your needs for healthy indoor plants.
Aside from your watering can, there are three key houseplant tools to add to your kit: a water meter, pruning shears, and a spray bottle. Here’s why, according to the pros, you need one at a time.
3 essential houseplant tools
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1. Moisture meter
How much you should water your plant depends on the type of plant, how much light it gets, and the time of year. If you give your plant the same amount of water once a week, your plant will not be able to thrive. First, look up your plant and see how often it likes to be watered. Does it want moist soil all the time? Does it want a drink when it is a little dry or when it is completely dry? Once you’ve nailed that down, you can use a moisture meter to see when your plant is ready.
“Water meters can be incredibly helpful! They are easy to read and prevent you from sticking your fingers deep in the potting soil looking for moisture, ”says Erin Marino, director of branding at The Sill. “I find them to be incredibly helpful for larger plants where digging a finger in the ground isn’t that feasible. I definitely recommend it to anyone who has a tendency to water their plants! You’d be surprised how long your regular potting soil can hold moisture. “
2. Tula Plants & Design Niwaki Mainichi Secateurs
Those sad, tawny leaves aren’t coming back and hanging around does a disservice to your plants, explains Bloomscape. Dead or dying leaves can lead to mold and pests and absorb nutrients that serve healthy leaves better. Pruning your plants regularly can prevent this from happening. Pruning is also good for maintaining a certain shape for your plant and for propagating new plants, adds Marino.
“Most foliage plants can and you might as well benefit from occasional pruning,” she says. “Sometimes these pruned leaves can – if they are healthy – be propagated into a completely new plant. My favorite plant for pruning and propagation is the pothos because I can easily propagate cut stems in water. “
3. Williams Sonoma Copper Plant Mister
Your plant master will be of much more use than you think. First and foremost, you can spray your tropical plants with water to mimic the humidity of the rainforest. “I keep a glass spray bottle filled with water and essential oils so I can spray my plants daily,” says Rachel Mayo, the plant expert behind @growinthelight. “I even spray them twice a day sometimes.”
You can also use a spray bottle to dispense a DIY pest control solution, explains Jesse Waldman, director of marketing and e-commerce for Pistils Nursery in Portland, Oregon. To make sure your plant is not sensitive to soap, mix a small amount of gentle soap with hot water and spray it on your plants.
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