So, you’re bringing home your first plant. Congratulations! As a proud new plant parent, there are a few items we recommend having on hand to make the care and upkeep of your new plant friend a breeze. Click the pictures to be directed to the described products!
A Narrow-Nozzle Watering Can
A watering can with a skinny spout will help you have careful control over the amount of water and the rate at which it permeates the soil. Bonus if it's aesthetically pleasing enough that you’re comfortable enough leaving it out on a shelf where you will look at it regularly and remember to use it!
Snips / Shears
A good pair of plant scissors is a must have. The blades need to be clean and very sharp to minimize damage to the plant during trimmings - make sure to maintain them by wiping them down when you’re done!
A good mister will cover your bases for a number of things. Use for plants that like higher humidity than occurs naturally in your home, to water right at the base of succulents, or use wipe down dusty leaves. Again, if it fits nicely into your home decor you are WAY more likely to actually use it.
This granular fertilizer keeps the population of beneficial microbes in your soil happy and thriving. These microscopic creatures are there to provide for the needs of your plant, and turns out they actually speak plant. Sprinkle on top of your soil once a month - replaces almost every other fertilizer.
Pest / Fungal Control Aids
If you have plants you will inevitably run into a pest or fungal problem at some point. You can make your own treatments by having a collection of things on hand (such as neem oil, hydrogen peroxide, baby shampoo, diatomaceous earth, isopropyl alcohol, copper spray, peppermint oil, and dawn dish soap just to name a few) or keep a bottle of our ready to use neem oil spray and a bottle of our pest/fungal treatment spray at the ready.
Scoop: I guarantee you will need to scoop something at some point, and it’s nice to not have to use your hands.
Chopsticks: Used for aerating soil, planting cacti, and placing delicate (or poky) items.
Gloves: These come in especially useful when handling cacti! Also important for avoiding a manicure later.
Tweezers: Used for more delicate work and to deal with pesky cactus spines.
Rooting Hormone: Most of us eventually get into propagating. A good rooting hormone boosts your success rate by as much as 40% - well worth it.
Cotton or Jute twine: You’ll find yourself tying parts of plants for support or repair relatively often. Make sure you have some of this on hand if you decide to buy plants in kokedama or that need direction.
Apron: The pockets are the kicker here. Besides the obvious benefit of keeping your clothes clean, you don’t wanna be running back and forth every time you need to switch tools.