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Tools Every Plant Parent Needs

Tools Every Plant Parent Needs

Whether you're a diligent planner, ready to tackle the exciting challenge of plant parenting for the first time or a veteran green-thumb looking for some industry secrets, we've got you covered! Advice straight from our plant experts to you, detailing our most recommended plant parent tools for all levels! 

 The Basics 

Gloves

These are necessary for handling cacti and are beneficial when trying to  keep your hands neat and clean. Be sure to find a snug pair that offers good dexterity and grip, since you'll be working withs smaller objects. 

Clippers

This is the only tool you should use for trimming roots and pruning. Their edges are razor-sharp, making clean, surgical cuts, sparing the plant any messy hacking. Be sure to wipe them down after each use to properly maintain them. 

Watering Can + Mister

We all know that water is an essential part of plant health. A watering can with a long spout will help you easily reach your soil, while misting your tropical plants will provide the excess humidity they need to avoid those crispy, brown edges. 

Neem Oil

This is a plant parent's go-to in terms of pest prevention. Spray your leaves each week and gently wipe them with a microfiber cloth to stay on top of any pests. 

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The Next Level 

Chopsticks

Great for poking holes in soil to make space for roots, (carefully) aerating the soil, or placing items in delicate pots.  

Tweezers

Useful for doing delicate work in terrariums or small bowls.  

Cotton Twine

Can be used to to tie stems to a support, repair a kokedama or mounted fern, extend training lines for vines, or even tie bundles of herbs together for drying. 

Kraft Paper

Sturdy, hard-to-tear, and compostable, kraft paper is available in craft and hardware stores and makes a great surface for planting. Plasticized tablecloths, like those meant for outdoor picnics, also work well!

Bacterial Inoculant

Instead of memorizing feeding schedules for all of your plants, monthly apply a bacterial inoculant. (This can be done by adding it to your watering can and watering your plants like normal.) This essentially acts as a "compost tea" for your plants, bringing in healthy bacteria and nutrients into your soil.  

Sticky Traps

Another simple tool for dealing with pests. If you're like to keep windows open, this is especially useful as small bugs will likely find their way into your home throughout the day, and will gravitate towards your plants. 

 

Humidifier

If you're got a large collection of humidity-loving tropicals, investing in a humidifier is a great way to ensure your plant are getting what they need without requiring too much work on your part. Just be sure to find one with a big enough tank. You won't want to be refilling it several times a day. (For reference, a 3 liter tank needs to be refilled every other day).
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