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    35 Useful Things For All Your Houseplant And Gardening Problems

    These helpful items will make all your houseplant and garden dreams come true.

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    1. A pack of food spikes to nourish your plants for up to two months continuously. It's a lot easier than constantly squirting liquid fertilizer on them.

    finger pushes green chalky stake into soil

    Promising review: "I swear by these plant food spikes!!! The package says they are for indoor plants, but I actually use them for all of my outdoor plants, especially my herbs. I first tried these after planting some basil and other herbs that seemed to be taking an eternity to grow. I figured I'd give them a try since they were so inexpensive and wow!!!!! Within just a few days, my plants had grown more than double what they had grown in the previous several weeks!! One of my friends (who also enjoys gardening) came over to my house and was in awe of how big and healthy all of my herbs were. When I told her about these spikes, she went straight from my house to purchase some and had the exact same growth results." —GatorDO17

    Get a pack of 24 spikes from Amazon for $2.87.

    2. A pack of Miracle-Gro water storing crystals that'll prevent both under- *and* over-watering, which I believe are the top two killers of houseplants.


    Promising review: "I have deck rail flower boxes and they get full sun most of the day. I filled in the drain holes to hold more water and added these to the soil. Both made a huge difference in the quality of life for the plants. They were and still are gorgeous even if I couldn't water every day. I do have to admit I used more per planter than the recommended amount." —Pattijwr

    Get it from Amazon for $8.72.

    3. A padded kneeler to keep your precious knees feeling comfortable and supported. It even flips into a seat and has a built-in bag to store your gardening tools. Consider it a whole gardening station in one.

    Model kneeling on the pad while using a trowel

    Promising review: "This garden seat is sturdy but not too heavy for me to carry around. It folds up easily and compactly, and unfolds quickly and easily too. I've used it for both kneeling and sitting. If you're kneeling on it, the pad is raised a bit and not sitting on muddy ground, so when you flip it over to sit, you have a clean seat. When it's used for kneeling, the supports are nice and sturdy so I can use them to help me stand up. I'm very pleased with it, and I'd recommend it to anyone with old bones — or any age bones for that matter!" —NHammer

    Get it from Amazon for $63.99.

    4. How Not to Kill Your Houseplant — a helpful guide to consult when you want to try to care for something more demanding than a plastic cactus.

    the book

    This has information on 50 different types of popular houseplants along with cute illustrations.

    Promising review: "Really great guide to houseplants. I am an experienced outdoor vegetable gardener who has never had much success with houseplants. The only one I've ever been able to keep alive is George, my un-killable Aspidistra (Iron Plant). Thanks to this book and the more detailed, but less cute, book 'Practical Houseplant,' I now have a little forest of air cleaning plants, succulents, retro '70s plants (rubber plant and Swiss cheese plant), and even two indoor banana trees — all healthy and happy. Even George is happier than ever, with new leaves." —Jo

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    5. A pack of butterfly-shaped sticky traps to install near your houseplants so you can finally evict all those tiny fly free-loaders.


    Promising review: "I have a plant in my office that had terrible gnats. I ordered this product and put one in my plant. Within one hour, there were about 10 gnats stuck to it. Within four days, it was covered on both sides with gnats. Very pleased with this product! Very easy to use, no odor, and even looks cute in my plant!" —HD6774

    Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $14.39.

    6. A pack of green plant stakes and plant tape that'll attach them so your plants can keep growing vertically without putting too much pressure on their delicate stems., Amazon

    Promising review (tape): "I have tried so many products and variations of trellis ties over the past five years and have finally found a product that I LOVE. Unlike its competitors, it stretches with the growth of the plant and does not cut into stems, branches, or tomatoes. I used it to support my container grown tomato plants and tied it along the stems and a bamboo stake. I also used it to support the tomato or cluster of tomatoes along the branch while it ripened. It supported ten tremendously without damaging the stem and ripping off the tomato (which commonly happens with other ties). I can't recommend this enough." —LJGBrooklyn

    Get them from Amazon: the tape from Amazon for $6.90 and 25 stakes for $7.99.

    7. Clay pebbles to absorb water and nutrients. They ensure good aeration, prevent excess acidity, and thwart root rot.

    burnt orange colored pebbles with a plant's roots grabbing hold of them

    These provide a great drainage system and keep air circulating so roots can get oxygen. You can also crush them up and put them in soil to increase water retention. Just remember to rinse and soak properly before use. Here is what you can do with these bad boys: seed propagation, insulation from temperature fluctuations, terrarium drainage (put them below the soil of a pot with no drainage hole), and orchid rehab.

    Get 2 pounds* from Amazon for $18.88.

    *some reviewers note that they got less than 2 pounds in their order.

    8. A pack of ringed plant stakes that'll keep your leggy bois standing tall. It's ideal for plants that tend to slouch, like roses, lilies, sunflowers, minimas, and orchids.

    stake with loop at top keeps bulb plant straight up

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $11.59.

    9. An adjustable LED grow light you might want to consider buying if you lack the coveted ☀️SOUTH FACING WINDOW☀️. This three-headed light will ensure your plants get all the sweet, sweet rays they need to photosynthesize away.

    a collection of small plants on table under the light

    Promising review: "This light is perfect in every way. Definitely would recommend to anyone who is growing anything from butterfly pea flowers to sunflowers. My daughter and I started indoor planting as a hobby during this COVID-19 crisis to keep our minds and souls at ease, and what a wonderful experience. We started with the butterfly pea flower trellis plant as an experiment and now have a great variety of plants. The basil once under this light sprouted in two days — totally incredible. Our succulents have grown, and the tomatoes and dwarf sunflowers are looking beautiful. We even have a baby bonsai in the mix that is stunning and healthy. We ordered another light and can’t wait to get it in so we can plant the seedlings we just got in the mail to grow rare succulents and — believe it or not — a fuzzy pink banana tree, LOL." —webyty

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    10. A hose timer for anyone looking for timed sprinkler sessions without the fancy sprinkler cost. Just set the time and it'll turn on automatically to help your thirsty plants.

    The timer, which has an LED display screen and a dial to program when you want it to run

    Twist it onto your faucet (or faucet splitter as seen above), then screw in your hose and run out your sprinkler.

    Promising review: "These things are awesome. I have several hooked up to my well and use them to control drip lines to a privacy hedge, a trellis, and several sprinklers. Extremely easy to program. The range of settings brings a large amount of versatility. I have one that's connected to a sprinkler I'm using to reseed a bare lawn spot run for two minutes every two hours. I've been running it for two months and it's still reading full battery. I have them in locations where they get wet and have had no problems with the seal. I have five and have had no problems so far." —Rebecca A Selgrade

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    11. Classic glass bulbs that'll slowly water your plant over time, so you don't have to hesitantly hover over your plants with a watering can wondering if you poured enough.

    glass bulb filled with water with long stem that is placed in soil of plant

    Promising review: "I have been trying to grow hydrangeas for years. I’ve killed every hydrangea I’ve brought home up until now. In fact these watering globes are the only thing keeping my hydrangeas alive and they’re flourishing! Also I killed a fiddle-leaf fig tree, exchanged it for a new one and again this system is what’s making it flourish! I just check to make sure the bulbs aren’t empty and refill when needed. I’m using two outside and one indoor. Will definitely be buying more!" —T. Dhont

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.95.

    12. Or a trio of garden critters happy to step in and water your plants while you're out and about.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love these!! My watering globes arrived well packaged, and nothing was broken. They are so pretty, and I love the way they look in my plants. I’m not sure how long the water is going to last because I just got them this morning, but they are still pretty full. I will definitely be ordering more when I get more houseplants." —Arianna

    Get them from Amazon for $17.88.

    13. A soil test kit capable of measuring your soil's moisture and pH levels *and* how much sun you're getting. Knowing what you're working with is the first step to a bountiful harvest or thriving flowers.

    The meter sitting in the dirt

    This gadget has two needles to ensure accuracy and doesn't require batteries. Just push it two to four inches into the ground and select what you want to test for.

    Promising review: "This device is amazing. I bought it after my gardenia plant wasn't blooming. I came to realize that I was overwatering, and my plant never recovered. Since then, I’ve taken home two amaryllis plants from work that never ever grew. I replanted them and used this device to make sure that I was watering properly and my plants are thriving! It’s a real plant saver. I even got a monstera as well. And I should note, I usually don’t have a green thumb and kill plants easily!" —Roselle

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    14. A pebble tray that'll give your more finicky plants (looking at you, CALATHEAS!) the humidity they require.

    pebble tray under bonsai

    Promising review: "Love the humidity tray for my bonsai tree. Before I had to put the tree in the sink to water it and let it stay there until it dried up. Now I can water it right at the table where I keep it because the humidity tray catches all the water that runs through the pot. Fabulous!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three sizes).

    15. Cast-iron vegetable markers so you can easily find your tomatoes and feel like a legit farmer to boot.

    enamel-style plant stakes with names and illustrations

    Get one from VHinteriorsMCR on Etsy for $9.15 (available in eight vegetables).

    16. Or a pack of 100 simple white markers you can write on yourself in case you want something simple.

    marker that says gardening

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three color schemes).

    17. A Canopy x The Sill collab kit featuring a humidifier, filter, and plant-inspired aromas so your home can feel like the inside of a thriving greenhouse.

    white humidifier with three little tubes of fragrance

    The aromas are Forest (amber, jasmine, green musk), Greenhouse (eucalyptus, ivy, and pear blossom), and Flower Market (hydrangea, hyacinth, and pink grapefruit). The humidifier is dishwasher-safe, hydrates rooms up to 500 square feet, and can run for up to 36 hours.

    Get it from Canopy for $125 (originally $150).

    18. A seriously cool watering can and mister combo so you don't have to keep adding water to separate containers.

    large watering can with spray bottle on the back
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19.

    19. A garden kit with everything you need to plant flowers that are said to attract HUMMINGBIRDS! Who doesn't want a visit from a few tiny, speedy birds?

    cardboard box with hummingbird on it next to biodegradable pots, markers, and seeds

    The kit comes with seeds for Mexican sunflowers, verbena, lemon bergamot, cosmos, celosia, and zinnias. There are six seed packets, peat pots, peat pellets, and wooden plant tags.

    Get it from MountainlilyFarm on Etsy for $27.95.

    20. A flexible, lightweight hose that'll be so much easier to work with than wrangling a traditional hose. Why are those things so darn heavy?

    hand holds pile of hose with a spray nozzle

    Promising review: "I was tired of fighting with our old, heavy 50 foot rubber hose and found I just avoided using it. So far, this one seems to be perfect for my needs: easy to move around, lightweight, and easy to store." —Kahni H.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in three sizes and seven colors).

    21. A pair of Blueapples to soak up ethylene gas and keep your produce fresh. What does this have to with plants, you ask? Well, once it's time to replace the contents of the apples, you can dump the used powder into your plants as plant food. A waste-free solution!

    a reviewer's before and after that shows a close up of an ivy plant that's brown with small leaves and then the same ivy looking fuller and greener

    Promising review: "Not only do these things work great to keep produce fresh longer, I wanted to review how it works as plant food. I swear my ivy plant looks like those stupid Miracle Grow commercials, the leaves are double in size. I love that there's zero waste with these, but I can't believe the effect it had on my plant. I posted a before and after so you can see just how much bigger the leaves are — not all of the growth is attributable to the food." —AliceL

    Get two from Amazon for $11.99.

    22. A Leaflow device that'll help you get all the water actually in the pot instead of all over the place.

    a leaf-shaped funnel that connects to side of pot

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $10.99.

    23. A pair of simply ~radishing~ gardening gloves because accessorizing is always important, even in the backyard.

    thin cotton gloves with radishes painted on them

    Get them from MyLittleBelleville on Etsy for $28.

    24. A pair of leaf scoops that may look silly, but are super useful for grabbing big scoopfuls of leaves and debris.

    Model holding the scoops and transferring a large handful of leaves into a trash can

    Promising review: "We have a very large wooded property that requires a lot of leaf and sticks to be raked up. We have tried various brands of leaf scoops but most lasted not even one season. Since purchasing the ReLeaf Leaf Scoops are job has been much easier. First of all is the way your hands grasp the scoops. These are much more ergonomic and are actually like extensions of your own hands. Second, these are very sturdy and do not bend when trying to pick up a pile of sticks and debris. We have made it through the season so far without issue. Next will be the dreaded fall cleanup. I highly recommend the ReLeaf Leaf Scoops which make our yard, woods and garden cleanup easier." —trouble54

    Get a pair from Amazon for $24.95.

    25. The Plant Club — a subscription service that mails you new plant friends in the mail so you can really get your indoor jungle going.

    model opens up box with mister, soil, plant, and more

    The box comes with a new houseplant, plus various accessories like pots, plant markers, soil, pebbles, and more.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $36+/month.

    26. A pair of garden gloves with claws so you can pretend to be a lil' badger and quickly dig holes and break up dirt clumps.


    Promising review: "I have been tearing through garden beds with these. I love them and use them a lot. They have been amazing for picking out rocks and getting to roots that inhabited my beds. As a 30-year-old adult I catch myself making angry dinosaur noises as I bury the claws in the dirt and pull up. Gosh darn, I love these these gloves. They are also amazing when you get that one itch you always get when you have gloves on...they make a great scratching tool LOL." —Toxic Fox Designs

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors and as multipack).

    27. A pack of little cats to scatter around your garden and keep it safe from possible intruders. Aphids better watch out for their claws.*

    seven small cute cats hang out on a mini bonsai

    *These are toys and can't actually fight off aphids so please be nice to your local ladybugs who will actually do the job.

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $4.99.

    28. A pack of pencils with little seed capsules on the ends, so you can plant these suckers right into a pot when you're done writing with them.

    a pencil that says basil on it that has been planted in soil

    The pencils are sustainable and nontoxic. They're made with PEFC/FSC-certified wood, 100% natural clay, and graphite, and the seed capsules are biodegradable. The seeds include forget-me-nots, cherry tomatoes, red flax, basil, thyme, sunflowers, and more.

    Promising review: "I bought these pencils originally as a gift but after sharpening them, I ended up keeping them for myself. These pencils are circular in design, meaning once they are so small that you can no longer use them to write, they serve a new purpose as a plant. It’s a wonderful concept!" —Erica D. Medrano

    Get eight from Amazon for $15.95.

    29. A nontoxic disposable hanging fly trap, a gross but effective away to rid your garden of those annoying buzzing jerks. Just throw away the bag when it's full.

    Reviewer photo of the bag, which is filled with flies

    Promising review: "I agree with all of the reviews; this product smells horrible but works amazing. I also agree, the worse it smells, the better it works. We have hung it amongst our garden, out of sight from the house. Everyone who came over for our latest barbecue commented in amazement about our lack of flies around the food. The traps were far enough away that the smell was minimal. I also did put out fresh traps before the barbecue to ensure a pleasurable experience for my guests, traps with the minimal amount of smell." —Jenn N.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.37.

    30. An avocado seed growing kit so you can turn your food scraps into a beautiful, leafy friend.,

    Sadly, it's very unlikely you'll grow your own avocados in your home (it's super hard to get an avocado tree to bear fruit) but it's still a nice plant! It takes about three to six weeks for your seed to start to germinate, but don't worry: about 90% of all seeds will eventually start to grow.

    Promising review: "This is a no brainier purchase if you have any interest in sprouting an avocado seed. It balances fine and looks good sitting in the living room. I would love to see a little less branding but that is my only slight complaint." —Aaron

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    31. A sweet gold ribbon to award your houseplant on their accomplishments, whether it's a new leaf or just staying alive. Keep it up, lil' green friend!


    These awards are etched brass and come with a string for hanging.

    Get it from AnotherStudio on Etsy for $8.35 (available in six styles).

    32. Liquid plant food that's pretty much a multi-vitamin for your houseplant. If your green little buddy isn't growing as much as you'd like, consider a couple drops of this elixir!

    This works for all indoor and outdoors plants to encourage new growth. Just add seven drops to your watering can before watering.

    Promising review: "I bought this for a money tree plant that my cat ate all the leaves and completely destroyed. The first pic was a week or so after using the fertilizer as recommended, on April 7, and the second is May 4. Of course I keep away from my cat at this point. Highly recommended fertilizer!" —Beth

    Get it from Amazon for $6.83.

    33. Some Irish Spring soap to deter pesky wildlife from sneaking bites out of your vegetable garden. Just cube the bars and spread it around the garden in mesh bags. Humans may like the smell, but pests certainly don't.

    The soap
    @irishspring / Via

    Promising review: "I bought it to keep the deer and rabbits out of my garden. It works!" —Eddie McElyea

    Get 20 bars from Amazon for $17.66.

    34. A handle attachment you can use with shovels, rakes, brooms, or any other long-handled tools to help put less strain on your back. The new handle means less hunching over your garden.

    The attachment, which has a handle grip, attached to a shovel

    This clip-on handle will come in handy all year, as many reviewers say it's especially useful in the winter and makes shoveling snow so much easier.

    Promising review: "I am using this on my long-handled garden tools, and it is definitely makes the digging/cultivating easier, and it helps my back. I highly recommend this!" —K. Buckner

    Get it from Amazon for $9.84 (available in three colors).

    35. And a pair of herb scissors that look like leaves so you can stash 'em right in your planter.

    model clips sage plant with scissors shaped like two leaves

    I have these and they cut very nicely! You just need to get the hang of how to hold them and cut at the right angle. It's also useful for poking the soil of my plants to aerate it when it gets a little too dense.

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

    Good luck with your plants!


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