Just a few simple supplies can help make indoor gardening easier. Some of these you’ve probably thought of, but others may come as a surprise. Check out some of our favorites for tending your houseplants, succulents and herb gardens.
Your idea of an indoor garden might be a few houseplants scattered throughout your home or a room that’s dedicated to your green thumb pursuits. Whatever your interest or skill level, streamline plant care by investing in the right equipment. Check out a few of these items, like these indoor round trays that earn their keep as a humidity tray, drainage saucer or planting container for a miniature garden.
Tiered Plant Stands
Plant stands showcase your plants with style while taking up very little indoor real estate. Stands with tiers or shelves maximize display options in the smallest possible space.
Look for eye-catching cachepots that can hold—and hide—plain plastic and terra-cotta pots. Pots with matching saucers add cohesive charm to the scene. When you choose cachepots, remember that at times you may have to dump excess water out of the pot. If the pot is heavy, that job becomes even more difficult.
Investigate the variety of plant lights available to increase the rays your plants receive, especially in northern regions in winter. New light technology provides full spectrum rays from models small enough to fit on a tabletop.
Plant fertilizer types
Indoor plant fertilizers come in a variety of forms. You can find liquid fertilizers and powders that you mix with water, as well as slow release stakes and prills (small pellets). Do a little homework to make sure you choose the best fertilizer for your plants. For most foliage plants, general indoor plant fertilizers that are water soluble or slow release work fine.
Compact Watering Can
Find a watering can that you like and can handle easily. Look for one that isn’t too heavy when full of water and doesn’t tilt awkwardly toward the spout end when full. Plastic watering cans are lighter than some metal cans. Cans with a long spout can be tricky to control because you can’t see where the water is in the spout once you tilt the can.
Invest in a good pair of pruners or a sharp pair of scissors that you can use on indoor plants. If you go the scissors route, keep that pair solely for use on plants so they deliver the sharpest, cleanest cut.
When growing vines, you’ll need to find a suitable trellis for the plant to scramble up. Look online or in quality garden centers for a variety of pot-size plant supports. The most important thing with any support is that you’re able to anchor it firmly in the soil.
Hand-Held Pressure Sprayer
Keep a hand held pressure sprayer on hand for times when you need to apply insecticidal soap or neem oil to battle houseplant pests. Most hand-held sprayers hold up to 2 cups of liquid. The nice thing about a pressure sprayer is that it can deliver a very fine mist capable of reaching into the smallest crevices on plants, which are the very spots pests like to hide.