So you have purchased a new plant, or ten, and you are so excited to jump into your plant care journey! The plant is potted up in their new planty home and is looking adorable up on your shelf. As you begin taking care of your new plant friend you quickly find yourself scouring your home for a container you can use as a makeshift watering can, a pair of scissors to clip off that unsightly dead leaf, and some sort of towel to clean up the water you just accidentally just spilled all over the floor.
When it comes to plant care, the tools you need to be successful aren’t necessarily fancy, but they can make the plant care process so much easier! I also appreciate that most of the time, the tools are relatively inexpensive and don’t need to be replaced often. Here is a list of my top 5 plant care tools that make my plant care process easier and just more enjoyable!
A watering can is one of the most essential tools in houseplant care. You could use just about any vessel to water your plants, or a sink faucet can work too, but there is nothing quite like finding a stylish watering can that is the right size and has the perfectly shaped spout to provide the perfect water flow for watering your plants. I have become somewhat of a watering can collector because I enjoy switching up my watering routine every once in a while, but all you really need is one reliable can. When searching for a can I look for three things. One is it’s size. I personally like light weight, smaller cans because I find them easier to carry and maneuver. Second is spout size. I prefer a spout that is narrower because it allows me to be more precise in where I aim the water flow and how much I water my plants. Lastly is style. This is completely a personal preference, but I enjoy using my watering cans as décor, so I like them to look nice. My favorite can is this one that I got a few years back at Ikea. I am not sure if they carry it in store anymore, but I think you can find it on Amazon.
This is a tool I didn’t discover until a few years into my plant care journey, but I don’t know how I lived without it! A moisture meter is a super simple device that you can use to get a feel for how wet your plant’s soil is. This is especially helpful for plants that are in planters without drainage holes. By sticking the meter into the soil you can determine if the soil at the bottom is still wet, or if it is time to water your plant. Another great thing about this tool is that it is super inexpensive. You can find them for less than $10. You can get fancy ones with digital readouts and additional probes that measure light and Ph, but I find that I use the simple moisture dial the most.
Another inexpensive tool that I have found to be extremely helpful in my care routine is a small pair of pruning shears. When I was first starting my plant collection I simply used scissors to clip off dying plant leaves or clippings for propagation. Scissors can definitely work for this task, but as my plant collection grew, I found it helpful to have a dedicated pair of shears that I could keep with my plant care supplies and that were a little stronger for cutting through larger plant stems. I personally use Fiskars small pruning shears.
One tool that you may not think about right away, but that I use very frequently is towels! You don’t need anything fancy for this, but I recommend finding a towel that is absorbent and hand towel size. I end up using my towels to clean up spills, dust leaves, clean off tools, and so much more! It can even be fun to purchase a few plant themed towels that you can keep by your plant care supplies. Maybe it’s just me, but I find having cute plant care products helps me enjoy the plant care process so much more!
Yep, you read that right, chopsticks for plant care. How do I use them? Soil aeration! As your plants settle into their planty homes, their soil may become compacted, this can prevent proper air flow through the soil and make it difficult for water to soak evenly into the soil. To help keep your plant’s soil loose and breathable simply use a chopstick to gently poke holes and agitate the soil slightly. In nature, bugs, wind, and animals would normally do this for the plant, but because your plants are in an extremely controlled indoor environment, chopsticks will do the trick. The best thing about this tool is that you can pick it up for free! The next time you order takeout from your local Asian food restaurant and ask for an extra set or two.