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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

    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

    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

    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.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 😭.

    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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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