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    26 Things To Make People Think You're An Expert Plant Parent

    I've tested most of the things on this list — they work.

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    1. An all-purpose liquid fertilizer that made my mini monstera double in size in less than three months. Just a pump or two in my watering can is enough to feed my plants without burning them.

    A reviewer's six inch plant before the fertilizer / A reviewer's larger plant after using the fertilizer
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    This liquid fertilizer is basic, but it's the truth. Think of it as a vitamin supplement for your plants. The key is diluting it with your water instead of putting it directly on the soil. Never use fertilizer on dry soil, you'll burn the roots. I use this for my ferns, monsteras, philodendrons, alocasias, snake plants, and alocasias.

    Promising review: "Great product for houseplants. I have been using all of the Miracle-Gro products for years and have never been disappointed. I purchased this product for the first time several years ago when I purchased a ficus tree that was planted as a fairy garden in a broken urn. I knew it didn't have enough soil probably to support the tree in the long run. I have had this plant for 6 years now and it is lush and beautiful. This product and weekly watering is all that I have used." —Gayle Zachariasen

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.22.

    2. A pair of pruners to propagate your babies or snip off dying leaves. Having healthy green foliage is always a good look.

    A reviewer holding the pruners
    amazon.com

    I use these pretty much every day, they're great. I have no complaints. Plus, it's really cool to see how plants regenerate after they're pruned.

    Promising review: "These are perfect! I've had these for over a week and have already used them nearly every day. They get right into tiny or close spots and snip stems right off, they work great for deadheading or cutting flowers including roses, petunias, pansies, dianthus pinks, vinca, coreopsis, whatever! They actually make deadheading flowers and plants fun because it's so easy! Plus they are small and light so they don't hurt or tire my hands. I can easily open and close the lock with one hand so I can quickly snip, snip, snip away! I think I may buy a second pair because they are so handy. The only thing I wish is that they had a cap because they easily fit right in my pocket but that end is super pointy, I'm surprised I haven't poked or scratched myself on them yet lol. *One-month update* I still LOVE these clippers! They have been used almost daily to deadhead my flowers and my flowers show their happiness at that! I really don’t know how I got by without them before and I find it to be very relaxing to use these each evening to clean up my plants. I find myself almost disappointed if I can’t find anything to snip off LOL. If you have flowers, herbs or other plants you need these!!" —Laurilee5

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two colors).

    3. A plant hanger that'll ensure your plants get ten times more light than they'd get on the floor. More light = more growth.

    The three-tiered shelf holding nine plants
    Indoor Window Gardens

    The acrylic unit comes pre-assembled and secures with a single fastener.

    Indoor Window Gardens is a small, family-owned business based in South Carolina.

    Promising review: "Not only do these shelves look amazing and give me so much more room for my plants but the customer service is amazing! I forgot to order extensions with my order so I contacted the shop and they helped me by making a special listing for the extensions. They placed them in my original order so everything came together. If you’re looking for a window shelf this is it!!" —Jamie Miner

    Get the three-shelf display from Indoor Window Gardens on Etsy for $104 (available in three styles).

    4. A forgiving pothos because they look stunning on shelves and will thrive in most lighting conditions. They're pretty consistent growers too when given optimal light.

    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    Get 20% off with code BUZZFEED at checkout! Brumley and Bloom is a woman-owned small business based in Fenton, Michigan.

    I've ordered four plants from Brumley and Bloom and they all arrived healthy and beautiful! Just make sure they get plenty of sunlight after you unbox. After the soil dries out, place it anywhere you want. Just...don't eat it (that includes your pets).

    Promising review: "My golden pothos is perfect! It arrived quicker than I expected, it was packaged greatly, and didn’t have any damage upon arrival! The plant was bigger than I expected, which was great. It even already had some beautiful vines growing!" —Sophie

    Get it from Brumley and Bloom on Etsy for $13+ (available in three sizes).

    Read more about the benefits of Pothos plants here and here.

    5. A spherical self-watering planter so your plants won't keel over if you just so happen to forget to water them.

    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes, instagram.com

    Here's a visual guide to help you repot your plants. I repotted my pilea in this planter and it's having the time of its life. Plus, the spherical shape breaks up the hard lines in my room. I would definitely buy more of these since they're really easy to use.

    Greenery Unlimited is a family-owned small business that is dedicated to creating interiors that support maximum human wellness. They sell plants, pots, and other plant-related accessories. As a company, Greenery Unlimited strives toward sustainability, paying employees a livable wage, and giving back to communities.

    Get it from Greenery Unlimited for $29 (available in four colors).

    6. Or a two-tiered self-watering planter that has a large reservoir so your plant won't get too thirsty. It comes in four striking colors to compliment your space and display the majesty of your vining plants.

    Greenery Unlimited, Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    Here's a visual guide to help you repot your plants. I had a great experience with this planter, and my heartleaf philodendron was begging for a new home. So, I think it'll really love this planter *and* a more consistent watering schedule. I would highly recommend using this planter for plants that trail onto the floor.

    Get it from Greenery Unlimited for $69 (available in four colors).

    7. A pack of Miracle-Gro plant food spikes because plants are mad dramatic when they don't get fed 😭. Stick this slow-release fertilizer into the soil and boom, they're good for up to two months.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I always kill my plants but I decided to try again. I just bought five houseplants, three of them were marked down because they were looking pretty puny but since I tend to kill them anyways I figured I would give them a try and save some money. I put one of these spikes in each plant and they all looked so much healthier and happier after just a couple days. I also added one spike to the only houseplant that I've had for years without killing (I was beginning to think it was artificial) the leaves looked healthier almost immediately. I'm very happy with this product and it was a great price." —victoria

    Get a pack of 24 spikes from Amazon for $2.98 (available in two sizes).

    8. A long-running humidifier for people in low humidity settings wondering why their plant's leaves are cracking and turning brown. The key to success with tropical plants is mimicking their humid natural environments.

    Amazon, Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    Promising review: "I bought this specifically for my tropical plant collection before winter started. It’s been used daily for the past two months and has worked like a charm. My monsteras are thriving, the zebra plant is growing again, and my peace lilies are finally acting like they don’t hate me anymore. Bottom line, this works well. I like that you can adjust the mist level as well as have it on a timer. I prefer setting things up in the morning and forgetting about it while I work. It lessens my stress levels knowing my plants are taken care of and that I don’t have to hear a loud humidifier. Filling it up with water is easy, but I sometimes forget to take the top piece off and it makes a loud sound at 6:30 in the morning. Reassembly is easy too and I don’t have to worry about a filter like my other humidifier. Bottom line, if you’re a plant person and you want something that works and is easy to manage, this is a good option." —Tali G.

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in two colors).

    9. A handy grow light because your north-facing window is doing next to nothing for that succulent you love. Pop these into your lamps so your plants have more time to photosynthesize.

    A reviewers plants with the grow light
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I only have medium-light in my space during the daytime and I was worried that this monstera was gonna be unhappy. So I went ahead and bought this white grow light because I hated the typical purple grow light. I’m happy to say that my monstera LOVES this light and it has consistently been giving me new and healthy leaves for a few months now since I got the bulb. The light has never given my boy burns either! I also use it as extra light whenever I feel like the space is dark. I do see that the price fluctuates a lot so you gotta keep track of that. I am purchasing more in preparation for winter for my other plant babies. Overall, 10/10!" —Trekova

    Get it from Amazon for $11.30.

    10. A mid-century modern plant stand so you can give your plant more sun exposure *and* make your room appear more spacious.

    A person's plants sitting in the stands
    declutterd

    I hate that plant stands are so pricey. So, when I found some for $30, I purchased three. Now, I own five because they look great and have never given me any problems. I like that they expand to grow with my plants. Declutterd ships very fast and the customer service is great too. I recommend these stands to anyone who wants to dress up their plants a bit.

    Promising review: "Love that these are adjustable and take the guesswork out of trying to find the right size stand. I bought them in a pair and will be getting another pair soon. Super simple straight out of the box, and I love the light wood coloring too. Big fan of minimalism and the idea of decluttering, and was able to buy these used, which makes me extra happy." —Stephanie D. Shaw

    Declutterd is a small, Chinese-owned business founded in 2018. They sell quality plant accessories such as pot and stands at affordable prices.

    Get it from Declutterd for $29 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    11. A jar of neem oil because the best pest control is prevention. I love that it's natural, effective, and lasts for a long time.

    A reviewer holding the jar of neem oil
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    Tip: Treat your plants for pests at night because the neem oil makes them sensitive to the sun. I've used this to kill spider mites and fungus gnats, but it'll work for so many other pests. I'm big on air quality, so I like that this doesn't fill the air with harmful chemicals. All you do is mix a small amount of this oil, water, and dish soap in a spray bottle then apply it to the leaves. A little goes a long way. Yes, it smells nutty. However, I only use it in my bathroom.

    Promising review: "Very good quality, smells just right —very strong and pungent. I previously bought ready-to-use (aka “RTU”) neem oil and it was $19 for a quart. This small bottle for $9.99 will make many gallons —so much better deal. I used 1-1/2 tablespoons per quart of water and added liquid soap as an emulsifier. I mixed in a spray bottle and spritzed my plants to kill mealy bugs, aphids, and silvery mildew on my succulents, dahlias, and brown-eyed Susan. When I first opened the bottle it was thick like mud, and I initially thought something was wrong. I read the label that it solidifies at 65 degrees (the temp was 70 degrees outside) so I put the bottle in warm water and it liquified to the consistency of olive oil. (Stinky olive oil). I’ll report back on how it works but so far so good." —My2wins

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. A hardy Swiss cheese plant that's not only totally IG-worthy, but is fairly simple to care for. Monsteras are low-light tolerant and guaranteed to be the center of attention in your space.

    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    I've had this plant for about a month and it just keeps getting better. It arrived in excellent condition and in soil that wasn't overly saturated. Bloomscape includes a cover pot with every package, which meant I didn't have to buy one or further shock my new plant by repotting it. Overall, unboxing Bloomscape's packaging was clean too. The plant has expanded beautifully and it's giving me new leaves! Compared to my other monstera, this one is pretty big. It's by far my favorite monstera and it's worth every penny.

    Get it from Bloomscape for $150 (available in five pot colors).

    13. A tough-as-nails philodendron birkin so you can impress people with its white-streaked leaves. It's survived my mistakes, so it'll probably withstand yours.

    A reviewer's plant / A reviewer's larger plant after 4 months of growth
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    I got my philodendron birkin from Brumley and Bloom and it's a trooper. I repotted it as soon as it arrived (big no-no) and subjected it to a chaotic watering schedule before I learned better. Somehow, it's still pushing out beautifully variegated foliage with no problems.

    Promising review: "I love this plant! It arrived in great shape and I am excited to watch him grow. This seller has been great to work with. She truly cares about customer service." —pojo1970

    Get it from Brumley and Bloom on Etsy for $25.20 (originally $28) or get a similar option from Bloomscape for $35 (available in five pot colors).

    14. A nice spray bottle because keeping plant accessories within reach is a must and it's more fun when they look this good.

    The mister next to several plants
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Looks as good as it works! This mister looks gorgeous on my console table, but it works great, too. Not flimsy, very ergonomic, and pumps very easily. I have smaller hands and fingers, so I don’t know how it might work for someone who has larger hands/fingers. But it’s perfect for me. Smooth mechanism. I feel like this is something one would find in The Bell, Book, & Candle shop on The Good Witch. Cassie would approve!" —YogurtClass22

    Get it from Amazon for 10.99+ (available in five colors).

    15. Or a utilitarian spray bottle to mix your neem oil, water, and soap to make a natural pest control.

    a reviewer's bottles with cleaning solutions
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "When I was a kid, I don't remember a single spray bottle dying on me as I did chores. Nowadays, only about one sprayer in three that I get from a store works at all, whether I buy them empty or with something in the bottle. I can't remember the last sprayer that actually survived to use up the entire contents of the bottle. Either way, these solved my problem. EVERY ONE of the bottles worked from the beginning, and the three or four I actually use are still working after several months. That's by far the longest a sprayer has lasted for me in decades. I've definitely used sprayers that are more comfortable or more powerful, but a sprayer that doesn't work is useless no matter how comfortable. I don't expect to need to buy more spray bottles anytime soon." —William Spillman

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $11.97 (available in two sizes).

    16. A lovely philodendron brasil that's one of my favorite plants of all time because of its highly variegated leaves. I repotted this baby recently and the new growth is 🤯.

    A reviewer's plant / A reviewer's larger plant less than three months later
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    They're considered low-light tolerant, meaning they won't die if you don't have the best light. However, you should give them as much indirect light as possible.

    Promising review: "The leaves were absolutely pristine, and the plant was bigger than I had anticipated. No brown tips and no signs of pests. Well-packaged and shipped quickly! It's been three months and it is doing great." —Anna Ward

    Get it from Brumley and Bloom on Etsy for $9 or get a similar option from Bloomscape for $65 (available in five pot colors).

    17. A mini monstera so easy to care for, you'll have everyone convinced you were born with a green thumb. Mine puts out a new leaf every two weeks and it's never had any pests.

    A reviewer touching their mini monstera leaf
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    Technically, it's called a Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma which sounds like a Harry Potter spell. They like bright indirect light, so place it near a south or west-facing window.

    Get it from Greenery Unlimited for $18+ (available in several pot styles).

    18. A helpful soil meter for knowing just how much water your plant needs and when. Soggy soil is a big no-no and this'll tell you when to hold off on the watering.

    A reviewer's lemon tree with the soil meter in the dirt
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is so easy to use! I bought it for my little lemon tree. I had it in the window and the plant wasn't getting a lot of sunlight. Strangely the weather in Ohio is sunny and 85 in October. I took my plant outside and the light gauge went all the way to the max! The PH level is right were it should be at for a lemon tree and the moisture gauge has been helpful to remind you when to water. Awesome little purchase!! Love it! Hopefully next spring I will have lemons! Fun tool!" —Allison

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59.

    19. A hardy snake plant that'll reward your neglect by absorbing toxins such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene —which can be found in paint, cleaning fluids, and spray adhesives. Please don't water this plant more than once every two weeks, I beg 😭.

    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes, Rooted

    This plant should not be consumed by you or your pets! It can survive pretty much any lighting conditions but prefers indirect sunlight.

    Rooted is an Asian American-owned small business that's on a mission to reconnect people and nature. They sell small, medium, and large plants as well as accessories and supplies.

    Get it from Rooted for $19+ (available in three sizes).

    20. A bottle of hydrogen peroxide because it aerates the soil, kills fungus gnats on contact, and prevents root rot. When diluted properly, it's perfectly safe for your plants.

    A reviewer's bottle of peroxide
    amazon.com

    This helped me retire from being a professional fungus gnat killer. All I did was saturate my plants' soil in this solution for like 10 minutes. I think I've killed one fly since.

    Promising review: "Great peroxide and decent price. As a mom of a little boy and a bunch of animals, I feel like I’m always using this. It’s good stuff to keep the bugs away!" —Jeni

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49.

    21. A stunning planter that'll distract people from the browning leaves you forgot to prune. It has drainage to prevent root rot.

    FrancaNYC, Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    Everyone always asks about my FrancaNYC products. They're just that gorgeous. I own five of their pots and two mugs. Each product is wonderfully handmade and ships pretty fast. Franca isn't cheap but the quality is there. Plus, it feels good to support a local, woman-owned design studio.

    FrancaNYC is a small, woman-owned design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. They sell handmade planters, dinnerware, vases, and dog bowls.

    Get it from West Elm or FrancaNYC for $48+ (available in three sizes).

    22. A handy watering tray because bottom watering your plants delivers the moisture directly where it matters: the roots. It's also great for protecting your surfaces from water damage.

    A reviewer's plants in the saucers
    amazon.com

    If water goes straight through your plant's soil, sit it in this tray with some water for 20 minutes. It'll give the roots an extra chance to soak it all in. My very bushy fern was struggling because I wasn't watering it properly. Now, I place it in a tray with water for 20 minutes every three days. So far, I've had less leaf browning. I also started watering my larger plants this way.

    Promising review: "These plant trays are exactly as described, sturdy and perfect for my indoor plants. I water my plants from the bottom by pouring water into the trays. These clear trays help me see how much water the plant is taking in so I don’t overwater them." —SammyJo

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in five sizes).

    23. A bag of all-purpose potting soil that'll work for most plants. A lot of people add perlite and bark to make the soil drain well and minimize chance of root rot.

    A bag of potting soil
    Greenery Unlimited

    Compared to my Miracle Grow Potting soil, this is very rich. It's dark in color and already includes perlite for drainage purposes.

    Get it from Greenery Unlimited for $16.

    24. A pack of fun mushroom watering globes for preventing your thirsty babies from drying up while you're away. Ferns prefer consistently moist soil, and this is just how to do it.

    Reviewer's picture of the mushroom-shaped watering globes in a potted plant
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Well-made, thick glass. Very pretty. Currently I'm using simply for garden decoration but they are also easy to fill with water." —Kindle Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon from $16.99 (also available in a pack of four).

    25. A brass watering can because it's functional and cute. The can will compliment your decor, and show that plant care is an extension of your personal style.

    The brass watering can
    CB2

    Quite frankly, I bought this because it was pretty and one watering can wasn't cutting it anymore. I have 36 plants. I was tired of going back and forth to the sink for water. Between this and the Preston Watering Can, I'm covered.

    Promising review: " bought this watering can for my mom for Mother’s Day. For an everyday tool, it is such a beautiful piece, a unique design that stands out from all the rest. It’s a good size and will hold a good amount of water and the narrow long spout will let you get in between leaves and stalks. I want one for myself and I would look forward to using it every day!" —Sheila

    Get it from CB2 for $49.95.

    26. And a pack of sticky insect traps that'll come in handy if you have fungus gnats or other unwanted pests chomping away at your plants.

    Reviewer holding two of the sticky insect traps covered in bugs
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These definitely catch annoying fungus gnats. I have used some gnat killer spray directly to the soil to kill the gnats but after one of my succulents died after using it I was hesitant. My local nursery recommended these traps and prefers them over the spray. While I don't feel they get rid of the problem completely I have found other ways to eliminate them in conjunction with these traps. These pebbles help create a barrier from gnats getting to the soil to lay eggs and creates a barrier from hatched gnats to get out. Just make sure to cover the soil completely! I also make sure to put the yellow traps on the bottom notch as they fly low. I have found I catch more when they are placed lower rather than higher. This has helped eliminate those annoying gnats!" —Kels

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

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