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    30 Products To Help Turn Any Black Thumb Green

    Houseplants, potted plants, grass, pesky weeds...we've got you covered.

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    1. Indoor plant food spikes to turn that plant bb's frown upside down...and yours too! You spent way too much on it at the farmers market anyway and are determined to help this one thrive. RIP to all the plants before it.

    a reviewer's house plant with wilting leaves
    the same plant 48 hours later with the leaves now looking much healthier

    It's recommended to change the spikes every 30 days during the spring and summer months!

    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 24 from Amazon for $2.79.

    2. A bottle of dog spot repair if your puppy has a favorite pee spot and it shows... This stuff will get new grass growin' in no time so you can get back to hosting BBQs (without calling a professional).

    Promising review: “We purchased this to fill some patches in our backyard that were damaged by our puppy. Works like a charm. The one caveat is that you really do have to water it a bit every day. Once it takes off though, it grows pretty quickly! Within one week of planting this, we had 1-inch long grass blades. One month later, all the patches are gone. Highly recommended!” —Jessica N.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97+ (available in five sizes).

    3. A copy of How Not to Kill Your Houseplant as a guide on how to keep more than 50 types of plants alive. Your green roomies don't deserve an untimely death. 

    The book's cover is shown
    Amazon

    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 HouseplantI 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." —Jo

    Get it from Amazon for $11.15.

    4. plant-care tracking sheet so both you and your houseplant babes can thrive. (Like it suggests on the shop, put it in a picture frame, and you can track with a dry-erase marker!)

    grid chart for tracking plants
    Creative Type / Etsy

    Creative Type is a Warman, Canada-based shop with tons of printables to help you organize your life.

    Get the printable sheet from Creative Type on Etsy for $4.56.

    5. An AeroGarden hydroponic garden in case you either don't have the space for an outdoor veggie garden or have just failed miserably at one before. This compact system and the easy-to-use pods take the guesswork outta the process. Plus you can keep a better eye on it.

    Promising review: "I am pretty impressed with this little garden!

    I have a black thumb. That is exactly the opposite of a green thumb. That is, usually anything that I plant or touch dies. I try really hard, but it seems like my plants just never work out. They always die. Maybe that is what makes this little garden so good... I don’t really have to touch it very much. I still expected that the seeds wouldn’t sprout or would die quickly, but that just isn’t the case.

    We are two weeks into this thing, and they are thriving so far!

    Love: the simplicity of the setup. I don’t have to do much. What I do have to do is very measured, which means I can't really screw it up if I just follow the directions. Which I did! It doesn’t take up much space. I'm not very responsible...read: I wont water a plant as often as it needs it. This garden only needs water when the red light is on. Until then I just leave it alone. The light is automated. The watering is automated. Its truly me-proof. Even I can't eff this up.

    Minor dislike. The light is very bright. Very. I put the garden in my kitchen, and the light at night lights the whole room. It's so bright! It doesn't bother me much though, and now we are used to it. I wish it would make a sound to alert you to look at the red light that is lit. What a nit-picky thing to say! Amirite?

    *** Note: Leave the pods alone. Even if some of them take longer to sprout. Even if there appears to be a little white fuzzy mold on top... Leave them alone. Mine all eventually sprouted and are growing like crazy.

    I bought this for my son, so we could learn about horticulture. Highly recommend!

    *** UPDATE *** Please prune your herbs/plants. If you don't, it will overrun your kitchen, like mine did. See most recent picture. LOL." —Baka Jan

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    6. A bottle of organic plant food made just for houseplants. And the lid is even a measuring cup...just another way you can't mess up this one!

    Promising review: "This stuff is great! My plants all seem to be doing so much better since I started using this. Easy to use with watering can." —Amazon Customer

    Get a bottle from Amazon for $10.89.

    7. A weed puller tool to help you pull up those lil' devils without having to bend over and throw out your back.

    Grampa's Gardenware Co. is a small, family-owned business based in Oregon making tools for gardening. They've been making this tool since 1913! 

    Promising review: "Oh my god, I friggin' love this tool. I bought this on a whim given we bought our first house and know nothing about caring for a yard. Boy has it come in handy. Our new house had a ton of weeds in the front yard, and this tool helped me get most of them out in no time. In fact, the process of yanking out the weed was strangely satisfying! I don't think anyone can say that weeding is fun, but this tool made it as close to fun as you can get, especially when you see a long root along with the weed you pulled." —JG

    Get it on Amazon for $39.95.

    8. A pack of Miracle-Gro water storing crystals that'll give your plants juuuust the right amount of water. Just mix it with your regular soil, and the crystals will absorb water to release at the perfect time later. 

    model sprinkles white powder on soil
    overhead reviewer shot of leafy green plants

    Promising review: "I love these crystals. The heat is here, and this product keeps my plants in containers from drying out so fast and dying. With these moisture control crystals I can even leave home for a couple of days with no worry." —Peggy Ryan

    Get it from Amazon for $11.45.

    9. A trio of leafy-looking watering funnels can help hold down the fort when you're just a smidge distracted from the group chat drama. They'll keep the water going where you want to onto the soil instead of on leaves or all over your floor you just cleaned. 

    a leaf-shaped funnel that connects to side of pot
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Do you have a lot of houseplants? Are they crowded together and hard to see where one pot begins? Or bushy plants that spread out low and wide? These will help in all of those situations. My plants are happy, and my floors are dry." —k gannon

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $16.90.

    10. A self-watering, self-aerating planter that'll, well, take some of the grunt work for you when other things are on your mind or you're on a luxurious vacay. Each pot will hold up to two weeks' worth of water, so you're only physically sweating it while lying out on Santorini. 

    A snake plant in the pot
    A full, large plant in the pot with the spout

    Each planter comes with a clip-on watering attachment for easy pouring.

    Promising review: "I had a peace lily that was dying. It needed water constantly. After a couple of days, this self-watering pot has already revived it, and it looks much much better now! Would highly recommend for keeping your plants looking healthy and alive with little maintenance." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in four sizes and five colors).

    11. A trio of self-watering cat globes to watch over your plants for you with up to three weeks' of watering power. 

    Reviewer's cat bulb is filled with water and stuck in the soil of a potted plant
    Reviewer's cat bulb is full of water and is stuck in the soil of a plant

    Promising review: "So glad I got these. I’m a chronic over-waterer, and my plants were struggling. Now I don’t have to worry, and I don’t even have to water. This is great for indoor plants that don’t actually need much water. And they’re super cute. I get lots of compliments on them!" —MB

    Get it from Amazon for $22.97+ (available in two patterns).

    12. A pack of 80 plant-cleaning wipes might seem like they're here just for aesthetics. But hear me out, people! Apparently when leaves are dusty, it's harder for them to get the oxygen they need to be the best version of themselves.

    Promising review: "This pack of cleaning wipes are essentially like baby wipes for plants. There is very little to no smell. There is a little bit of texture to the wipe, which helps to clean water spots and such off of the plant leaves. I had one plant where the leaves were covered in water spots. These wipes took the spots off after going over the leaves a couple of times. Sometimes it is necessary to wipe the leaves, then let them dry. This allows you to see if there is anything you need to wipe over again; some spots are harder to remove so it takes a few swipes before the leaves are completely clean. I have used these several times on a variety of different houseplants. From my experience so far, the wipes are safe and gentle on plants." —wonder_woman1

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    13. A humidity monitor ready to ~level~ with you on the moisture in your air in case you're a sucker for tropical plants but haven't quite figured out how to help them thrive in your home. 

    Promising review: "It worked out perfect for me as I wanted this to measure humidity during the fall/winter NY months so I can use my humidifier for healthy moist air for me and my indoor plants." —Dan Y

    Get it on Amazon for $14.99

    14. A jar of rooting hormone will help you perfect the art of making plant cuttings take root. So now your neighbor's green thumb can finally rub off on you. You simply stick the end of a cutting in this before submerging in water to help give you an advantage. 

    A person is dipping a plant clipping into the TakeRoot product
    Reviewer's plant clippings with roots growing are shown in a glass of water

    Promising review: "I used to suck at gardening until I found this stuff. All of my plants had been dying, and I had so much trouble getting them to grow. Once I started mixing a small amount of this in the water for all of my plants once a month, my plants literally EXPLODED INTO BEAUTIFUL PLANTS. I am SHOOK. MY PEPPER PLANT WENT FROM GROWING ONLY one PEPPER TO six over four months!! Super easy to use and honestly super affordable, and I'll be using this forever." —Traci h

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    15. A pair of ergonomic heavy-duty pruners to help you nip approp things in the bud with ease. 

    Promising review: "Right out of the box, I was in love with these pruners! So sharp! So comfortable in my hand! With these, I pruned for hours without getting tired. Well, it's now 10 years later, and I still love my Felco pruners. We live on 5 wooded acres, and I use them for everything that can fit inside the cutting mechanism. I've never sharpened them. I left them in the rain once, but steel wool and oil restored the spring. The blade has a few small dings as a result of my tendency to tackle oversized branches. After 10 years of heavy use and not a little neglect, my pruners deserve some sprucing up, which is what brought me to shop Felco items today." —J Williamson

    Get them on Amazon, $54 for the regular size. If you have smaller hands, you can get similar ones that'll be more comfortable for $51.50.

    16. A bottle of neem oil, a natural pesticide that'll go to town on gnats, mites, flies, and more.

    Promising review: "Saved my succulents without harming my cats! We had a gnat infestation, and my succulents were dying. I had to be careful for my cats' safety, and lo and behold, it worked super well!" —Janelle Chan.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    17. Plus a set of sticky insect traps (that are poison- and pesticide-free, BTW) to help capture all sorts of flying insects — like white flies, fungus gnats, thrips, and fruit flies. Just check out the *glowing* reviews. 

    Reviewer's photo shows the insect trap 1/8 covered with insects after a few days
    Reviewer's photo shows the trap covered in insects after one week

    Promising review: "At first I was hesitant. How could little sticky tabs on a stick control or eradicate my fungus gnat infestation? I had tried various pesticides, but those killed my plants too. So, in desperation, I tried these. They had good reviews, and people said they worked wonders. Well, add my name to that list. These things worked fantastically! I bought these on June 28; after battling fungus gnats for months, the problem was only getting worse. It is now August 9, and I can honestly say I haven't seen any gnats in my house flying around. I still keep the tabs out just in case, and occasionally I'll catch one or two, but for the most part they're gone, and it's 100% due to these little tabs! And I didn't even use all seven traps!" —Katheryn Camm

    Get it from Amazon for $6.93.

    18. A bottle of organic Joyful Dirt concentrated plant food and fertilizer you can sprinkle on soil or mix into your watering can for some truly impressive results. As you can see, the reviewers have the receipts. 

    Joyful Dirt is a small business based in Portland, Oregon, making organic, all-purpose plant food since 2013.

    Promising review: "I never write reviews but had to share what a great find this was! I have routinely killed every living plant I've ever brought home. Joyful Dirt has completely changed that. All my plants look full and healthy with little to no effort on my part! I am so amazed that for teacher gifts this year, I am giving terrariums and will include a shaker of Joyful Dirt to go with each. If you have any trouble keeping plants alive, this is the solution." —KB13

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    19. A couple of two glass misters to help keep your tropical plant feeling like it's at Disney World in late July...hot, humid, and thriving! (Though arguably, a theme park trip might keep you even hotter than a tropical plant needs.) 

    Bek, an editor at BuzzFeed, hand spraying a pilea plant
    Bek holding the spray bottle in front of plant
    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Bek O'Connell, a former editor here at BuzzFeed, uses this spray bottle for her plants. Here's what she had to say:

    "Most of my houseplants are from more humid regions, and spraying their leaves helps them look lush and perky, even when the heat or AC is blasting. I know it's pretty weird to be passionate about a spray bottle, but I absolutely need to tell you about this mister. Just holding it in my hands makes me happy. The bottle is made with thick, dark brown glass, and the sprayer is a sturdy plastic. The mist itself is evenly dispersed and covers a lot of the leaves' surface at once. Just a few quick sprays will completely douse my lovely green pals. I wish I could hold a ceremony and award this mister a Best-Made Product Ever award. My Pilea and peace lily would be in attendance and applauding with their little stems. If you love your plants, spoil them with this fantastic mister."

    Get two from Amazon for $19.98.

    20. A bag of Miracle-Gro potting soil made *just* for houseplants because remember the last time you used regular old potting soil? Yeah, wasn't so great. This formula's combo of perlite, sphagnum, and peat moss makes the soil less prone to gnats.

    Promising review: "This is very easy to work with, though I did, as always, make a mess. None of the plants I repotted showed any sign of shock, which is pretty amazing to me. They didn't even get a bit droopy, and I'm like the kiss of death to houseplants. Needless to say, I'm thrilled." —Beth A

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49.

    21. A soil tester can help perfect your soil's moisture level. It has an easy-to-read meter that'll tell you what's up. 

    Promising review: "Have you bought new plants and someone at the nursery or on the internets tells you to water once a week or two weeks? Well, guess what, your plants don't dry out on a schedule like that all year round. It depends on its environment. How much light it's getting, how hot and humid its surrounding is, what kind of soil and pot it's in. If you're a total newbie or you're just really into plants even after a series of failures like I was, then you need this moisture meter! It will tell you exactly when your plants need water. It'll stop you from killing that seventh string of pearls, whose six predecessors you drowned because you were just born to overwater. It will help you water that fiddle-leaf fig you love even though it's so 2016. (It's OK. I have two.) I have this simple moisture meter and another one that measures light, moisture, and pH. I have two just because I have plants scattered all throughout the house, and I don't wanna walk up and down the steps to get one. They're both useful to have." —MJ

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in green and black).

    22. A bottle of organic fiddle-leaf fig plant food because those gorgeous plants require a little bit of work, and this bottle contains just the formula to help make that happen. 

    the bottle
    a reviewer's fiddle leaf fig plant starting to grow in a pot and sprout leaves

    Promising review: "Fiddle-leaf figs are my favorite plant to accidentally kill. I like to keep buying them, but I can’t keep them alive...until I bought this fertilizer. These two twigs (in my pictures) seriously had one crusty leaf left each. I started using this fertilizer, and they started sprouting these green baby leaves! It made me feel like I was winning at life 😆. I give it to the plants once a week. I think the price point on this product is kinda high, but it’s liquid gold, like the elixir of life, and I’ll keep buying it." —Mary Monaghan Chesney

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    23. A 13-pack of mini garden tools to help you care after your succulents and other smol plants.

    The complete set of tools is displayed
    Reviewer's collection of succulents is shown

    Promising review: "Very nice 13-piece set of indoor gardening tools. I wanted tools that were kept together so everything was handy when the mood struck to garden. I also wanted a decent quality, so I wasn't constantly replacing tools. This set exceeded all expectations. If you are into succulents, cactus, or green and/or flowering houseplants, this is the set for you. The scissors are sharp with a very short blade, tweezers, or pinchers for picking off tiny leaves, a small scoop, and a smaller scoop for placing soil or rock, a blower and piped watering tool, a brush to clean small plant leaves, and a couple of plastic tools perfect for picking up things that might hurt you like cactus or miniature rose bushes. Then of course the spade, shovel, and rake are just the right size for potted plants. The set came in a reusable zipper bag, perfect for keeping your tools together!" —Cathy

    Get a set of 13 from Amazon for $9.69+ (also available as a set of 41).

    24. A bottle of Miracle-Gro specially formulated indoor plant food that's even safe to use on your edible plants!

    User holds two bottles of plant food with pump dispenser.
    Reviewer's plant looks very healthy

    Promising review: "It was embarrassing to have my plants on display in the dying condition they were in...until I tried this product. It did take around two weeks for me to see healthy new leaves coming in, but both of my plants look so rich and beautiful right now. I use it every few weeks and am very satisfied." —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $4.48.

    25. stainless-steel watering can that'll last for the long haul *and* water right where you want it thanks to its thin spout.

    Promising review: "This little watering can is perfect for around-the-house watering. Small enough that it fits into kitchen and bathroom sinks for refills, and the long spout makes it easy to reach under low-hanging leaves. It doesn't hold a ton of water, but you probably don't want to be lugging a huge watering can around the house anyway. This watering can is also extremely well made, and even attractive. It almost seems a shame to put it away in a cabinet." —Andy Simmons

    Get it from Amazon for $29.20.

    26. A flexible, lightweight hose far easier to drag to where you need it than traditional ones. When filled with water, it triples in size so you can reach what you need it to reach. And then after you're done with it, it shrinks down, so putting it in storage will be easy. Now you have no more excuses to skip watering those bushes that need it. 

    hand holds pile of hose with a spray nozzle
    Amazon

    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 six colors).