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Question: I’m just starting out on my indoor plant journey. What kind of plant essentials should I invest in?
Welcome to plant parenthood! In our experience, buying and caring for plants quickly becomes an obsession so ensuring you have the correct tools for the job to keep your burgeoning plant collection happy and healthy is a must.
Looking after your plant friends will be that much easier with the right equipment, and there are lots of beautiful (but no less practical) tools out there that will look right at home sitting next to your plant pals.
We’ve compiled a comprehensive list below, but don’t stress about getting every item before you buy your first plant. You’ll learn as you go which tools are most useful for your particular home environment and plant line up.
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Watering can: You may need a few different sizes but at least one with a long fine spout for accurate delivery of water to the soil is ideal. Fill with water again after emptying to ensure you always have pure water on hand. You can buy one here.
Water mister: Providing your tropical humidity loving plants with some moisture on their foliage is easily done with a mister or spray bottle. Morning is the best time for spritzing and be sure to provide the misted plants with good ventilation so that water isn’t left to sit stagnant on the foliage. You can buy some here.
Moisture meter: There’s a myriad of these on the market but they’re a foolproof way of knowing when your plants need watering. Some are designed to stay in the soil while others can be used as you water. If you’re the high-tech type, opt for one that connects to an app on your phone, fancy!
Plant food: The correct fertiliser will keep your plants thriving year after year and give them the boost they need during the warmer growing seasons. You can buy some here.
Secateurs or scissors: Handy for pruning dead foliage as well as making clean cuts when propagating. Be sure to keep these super sharp and clean. You can buy them here.
Potting tray: Especially for those of us in apartments who may be potting our plants inside, a shallow box or tray can help keep the mess at bay.