Growing indoor houseplants can be a rewarding and enjoyable form of self care. With more people spending time alone inside their homes due the COVID-19 pandemic, houseplants have become very popular. While caring for plants is quite easy and low maintenance, there are a few extra products for houseplant owners that can enhance the experience. One of the most convenient places to get some of these extra products for a houseplant is via Amazon. Here are some of my favorites.
Planters + Pots
Planters and pots are one of the most important products for houseplant owners. Not only do they set the tone for the aesthetic of your home decor, but they can also make a difference in the overall health of your plant. I’m talking about drainage! This 8 pack of plastic pots with drainage holes is not only a great deal, but it’s the perfect minimalist look that will allow your houseplant’s foliage to be the star of the show. These tiny planters are another way to showcase your collection of small succulents with shallow roots.
If you’re not ready to splurge on a new pot, or prefer to keep your plants in their nursery pots, then baskets are a great way to hide them, especially for bigger plants. Seagrass belly baskets add a boho flair to any home decor. Woven rope baskets are also popular and come in different sizes. Baskets with handles can easily be hung for trailing plants. Whatever type of baskets you choose for your houseplants, make sure that you can easily take them in and out for watering, or look for baskets that have a plastic liner to keep them dry.
Of course plant stands aren’t a necessity, but they do have several benefits. Lifting plants up off the ground can help get them closer to the sunlight. If you have any toxic houseplants, then this also keeps them out of reach of curious kids and pets . Minimalist, mid-century modern plant stands are really trendy right now and can be used a variety of ways (this one’s a two pack!) If you have the space, you can also invest in a larger plant stand that’s 5 tiers or more.
Hanging plants will never go out of style. If you own a few trailing or vining plants, like the ever-popular string of hearts or a variety of pothos, then you know that they need lots of room to hang down. Macrame plant hangers are a product for houseplant owners that have recently made a huge comeback from the 70’s. It’s an easy DIY project, or you can purchase this set of 5 with all the hardware included.
If you love to propagate your plants, then this is a product for houseplant owners that you definitely need! Little test tube sized bottles are the perfect size for individual cuttings and allow lots of room for new roots to grow downwards. You can get tabletop propagation stations or ones that hang in front of a window or mount to the wall. It’s a great way to display your cuttings around your home while patiently waiting for those roots to start growing!
Indoor tropical plants thrive with humidity, as it re-creates their natural environment. In the dry winter months, you may want to supplement with a humidifier to avoid crispy leaves. There are several natural ways to increase the humidity in your home, but you can also use a cool-mist humidifier or essential oil diffuser around your plants. These mini humidifiers are popular products among houseplant owners. An eco friendly solution is this in-vent humidifier that replaces your standard heat register with one that you fill with water.
Grow lights are a new product that houseplant owners have been adding to their arsenal. The depressing dark, winter months often lead to houseplants going into a state of dormancy. But with the use of full spectrum grow lights, houseplant owners can enjoy new growth and even flowers year round. If you’re not a fan of the bright pink of full spectrum lights, then you can get white grow lights that clip onto your plant stand or shelf, or some that have their own stand. The simplest option, of course, would be to replace a standard light bulb with a grow light bulb in a lamp near your plants.
Support Poles + Trellises
Moss poles are a popular product for houseplant owners, especially for plants like Monsteras that like to climb. Unfortunately, you can’t get true sphagnum moss poles on Amazon (but if you want to DIY your own moss pole, you can buy packages of dry sphagnum moss). But these ones made of coco coir work just as great. Multipacks that connect together are great for long term growth. Using a trellis for your smaller climbing plants is another great option and they come in different shapes such as a circle, ladder or leaf style.
For the longest time, a pair of old kitchen scissors was all I used to prune my houseplants. And yes, it worked. But then I discovered what a difference having the right tools makes. A pointy pair of snippers makes it so much easier to get into hard to reach places. And a strong set of clippers that makes a clean cut is less traumatic for the plant and speeds up both recovery and rooting. Plus, it’s easier to keep them clean and bacteria free.
Fungus gnats, am I right? Who knew such a tiny bug could be so annoying? While they don’t do much harm to the plants, they are a pain in the butt, always flitting around, laying their eggs and swarming up from the wet soil. Yellow sticky traps are one product that houseplant owners swear by. Yes, there are other ways to get rid of them but it’s always a good practice to have a few sticky traps in your plant’s pot to catch the odd one before it multiplies.
Remember, the most important products that houseplant owners need for their plants to thrive is warm sunlight and fresh water, and these are things that only Mother Nature herself can provide. Don’t stress out about having all the right products, either. One of the best things about houseplants is that they’ll still grow well even with a little bit of neglect.
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