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    21 Items Every Irresponsible Plant Parent Needs In Their Life

    Are you ready to become a responsible plant parent? The products in this post were updated in May 2018.

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    1. A pack of long-lasting fertilizer spikes that'll supply your plants with the micronutrients they need to stay healthy and green.

    Promising review: "I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of package for quantity), and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don't flower also! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became more green and healthy looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again." —Elizabeth

    Get a pack of 48 spikes from Amazon for $2.24.

    2. This plant-friendly humidifier — it's so quiet, you'll forget it's even running.

    The summer and winter months can be harsh on your houseplants. To prevent them from drying out, turning on the Honeywell HCM350W humidifier for a few hours—and selecting your desired moisture output—will do just the trick.

    Promising review: "Purchased these for the bedrooms as the winter heating dries out even the plants! Will be great for summer too. Great for the skin and keeping moisture in the air. Skin feels much better and my indoor lemon tree has come back to life!" —Nurture Learners and Able Observers

    Get it from Amazon for $57.89 or Jet for $57.89.

    3. An LED sunshelf that will give your light-deprived plants some love while offering a new resting spot for your coffee table books.

    This unit's LED light panel (hidden underneath the top shelf) has been proven to strengthen plant root growth and photosynthesis. If you're stressed about which members of your plant family to move into this unit, you can always purchase add-on shelves.

    Get it from Gardener's Supply Company for $199.

    4. A smart tracker that syncs up with your mobile app to notify you if your plants are getting the proper amount of water, light, and heat.

    By sticking this plastic sensor in your soil, you can receive live updates on the status of your plant child's health while you're away on vacation.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $24.

    5. A clip-on LED grow light to keep your tabletop plants healthy and well lit all year round.

    Stimulate plant growth with this LED light setup by clipping, screwing or sticking the clamp on your desired surface. The light's flexible body will allow you to position the houseplant however you wish.

    Promising review: "This thing has been crazy awesome for my desk, now deemed the "plant hospital" at my work. I had a spider plant that was down to three leaves, likely due to UV coating on our windows. I made other changes as well, but now it's up to about 15 leaves. Great lamp and very economical. I put it on a timer so it turns on & off on its own. I love it." —Jay Bragg

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. These sleek pebbles you can toss on a tray underneath your potted plant to help retain water and increase humidity.

    Get it from CB2 for $1.95 or find a 5-pound variety bag on Amazon for $12.55.

    7. A self-watering planter if you don't trust yourself to remember to water your plants.

    This battery operated smart pot has four built-in sensors that monitor your plant and determine if it's being exposed to the proper amount of light, fertilizer, and moisture—as well as whether it's being kept at the right temperature levels.

    Promising review: "It doesn't just do the watering for you, it also tells you if [you're] getting too much or too little light, if the amount of fertilizer in the soil is correct. Temperature, etc. All tailored specifically for the plant you're growing (which you select from a plant database in the app)." —eg 123

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99.

    8. Or mini self-watering cubes to rescue the neglected herbs along your window sill.

    These easy-to-assemble planters are perfect for those who need a gentle nudge to water their plants (or just really dread repotting things). A gauge in each of the cubes will alert you when your herbs are thirsty.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.62.

    9. A stainless steel watering can perfect for getting those hard-to-water spots.

    Promising review: "This small stainless steel watering can is a truly stylish and quality constructed item. The can has a brushed satin finish and cleanly sealed spout, handle, and bottom joints. It feels good to hold and is great at getting into tight spaces, especially cactus plants. It has a super modern stylish design and is really well made. Would make a perfect gift for the person with a "green thumb"." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.50.

    10. A floating shelf with a drawer that you can mount by a window (if your plant needs bright, direct light) and hide all your gardening odds and ends inside of.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.

    11. A sprayable formula to fight off insects, fungal diseases, and mites.

    This environmentally friendly solution with seaweed extract can be used on a wide range of plants and produce—and maybe most importantly, it does not repel the insects that your plants need.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.67 or from Jet for $11.97.

    12. A totally affordable soil meter that will monitor your plant's moisture levels.

    This meter will help you control PH levels (the acidity and alkalinity in your plant's soil). Bonus: COVERY offers an 18-month warrantee on this product.

    Promising review: "As anyone with plants knows, it's soooo easy to overwater and we kill more plants from that than anything else. So this "soil gauge" sure Is handy to avoid doing that. While the surface soil may feel dry...and that's what we feel when we stick our fingers in the pot, what's happening below that around the root ball of the plant is what's most important. This gauge seems to be accurate in its measurement of moisture. I tested it on different pots that I set up and it was spot-on. Yes, I recommend this product and would buy again." —Verdehorn

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89.

    13. This humidity monitor with over one thousand reviews and a nearly perfect 5-star rating on Amazon.

    To determine whether or not you should invest in a humidifier for your plants, you'll want to first identify the levels in your room. Our pick: This intuitive monitor with a 4'' LCD display perfect for displaying on a tabletop, mounting on a wall, or against a magnetic surface.

    Promising review: "We loved the size and the fact that we can see the readings from across the room. It has magnets so can be mounted on the refrigerator. It also has a back light for viewing in the dark ... brilliant. We monitor humidity in our house and have found this item to be very useful." —Cynthia Hall

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    14. A leak-resistant hanging planter you can mount by a light source.,

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    15. A 6-pack of refillable glass spray bottles for misting your tropical plants.

    Promising review: "These are the only brand of bottles I will use for my DIY cleaning products. The sprayers work great; there's a "stream" and "spray" position, along with 2 locked positions. You always know when they're locked, therefore they DO NOT leak - a huge problem I've had with other bottles! I've purchased several packs of these and will continue to do so in the future." —Melayia

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98.

    16. A brand new planter for your succulent, because the key to a healthy, perky plant is regularly repotting it.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.

    17. A mini tool kit—which includes a watering bottle, cleaning brush, bucket shovel, shovel rake spade, wooden handle, pail shovel, scissors, transplanting tools, and tweezers—to ensure a safe trip to your succulent's new home.

    Promising review: "This whole toolset has come in handy many times especially when I’m trying to maneuver around a large leaf plant in a small pot [and] I need the small tools to help get in there and work! Now that I have the set I don’t know what I would do without it. I use almost all the tools in it regularly with my indoor pots. I definitely recommend this to anyone thinking about it getting it or that does indoor gardening!" —joanne m.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.29.

    18. These bamboo Roman shades to protect ferns and other low-light plants from the harsh rays.

    Promising review: "Much nicer looking AND cheaper than shades I've found at Home Depot or Lowes. Love these shades and would buy again in a heartbeat." —RYAN

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in nine sizes and three colors) or Jet for $32.20+ (available in four sizes and three colors).

    19. A nutrient-rich fertilizer to spray your succulents with once a month.

    Get it from Amazon for $12 or from Gardener's Supply Company for $9.95

    20. A dual purpose pitcher-watering can that will remind you to water your plant every time you pour a glass for yourself.

    The long handle you hold to pour yourself a glass of water becomes a spout to water your plants with.

    Get it from 2Modern for $60 or YLiving for $60.

    21. This book packed with beautiful photographs and a care guide for every imaginable house plant. (To display on your new LED sunshelf, of course.)

    Get it from Amazon for $20.39+, Barnes & Noble for $24.47+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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