If you’re anything like me, houseplants make you super happy! Adding some greenery to your living space instantly makes it feel more cozy, and the air purifying benefits of many plants doesn’t hurt either. I have become quite the houseplant enthusiast over the years and have complied some of my favorite tools and resources for keeping my indoor jungle alive and thriving.
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I have a couple of these cute watering cans that I got here. I used to bring my plants over to the sink one by one to water them, which was fine with a small number of small plants. My plant collection has grown in size, literally some plants are big, and number so this isn’t as efficient a method anymore. I got these cute watering cans to make it easier to water the plants I have in each area of the house. I like that they add to the overall decor of the room as well. Now I can water all my plants without lugging them all over the house.
Misting your plants helps increase the humidity. Plants need humid air to thrive because they lose moisture through their pores that isn’t always replaced by watering. Misting your plants is also a great way of keeping spider mites away, and to clean your plants leaves, which they need in order to absorb the optimal amount of sunlight. I got a couple of these misters and keep them next to my watering cans.
You want to make sure your plant friends are getting all the nutrients they need. Most soils don’t have all the essential nutrients for growth, so adding in some fertilizer when your plant needs it helps them grow. I use this fertilizer for most of my plants, and this fertilizer for my succulents.
Horticultural Charcoal and Drainage Rocks
Pretty much all plants have an ugly grow pot when you first purchase them. These brown or green plastic pots don’t really go with the overall interior of my house. I like to repot my houseplants into cute pots I find at T.J. Maxx, but a lot of the time these don’t have any drainage holes. Plants need proper drainage so their roots aren’t sitting in water which can lead to root rot. This is where horticultural charcoal and drainage rocks come into play. Layer up some rocks at the bottom on your non-draining planter, sprinkle some charcoal over the rocks, add some soil, then place your plant and fill in with soil. This is a great way to add some form of drainage so your plant roots don’t rot.
I have used this app for a couple years now. If you’re new to the world of houseplants, or you just need/want a little more guidance on how to properly care for you plants, this app is great. Planta can help identify what your plants are, just snap a picture and they give you a list of the most likely matches. You can use their light level to determine if the area you intend to place your plant is suitable for that plants light demands. The best feature is that Planta notifies you when it is time to water, mist, clean, and fertilize your plants. This makes caring for your plants so simple. You just check off once you’ve completed each task so you never have to worry about when the last time you remembered to water was.
I hope you find this helpful if you are venturing into the world of houseplant care!