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    24 Products To Make Sure Your Houseplants Stay Happy And Healthy This Winter

    Hippity hip hooray for happy houseplants.

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    1. A pack of Miracle-Gro water storing crystals for making sure you don't over or under water your plants. You mix it in with your regular soil and the crystals swell to absorb water and then release it later.


    Promising review: "Love this soil additive! But, be careful to add just a little at a time! I have used this product for the last 15 years, as a High School Horticulture teacher. Really comes in handy when school is closed for the holidays! I could come in once over the holidays and water my plants, and they looked great! I always put some crystals in a bowl, about 2 or 3 tablespoons and add water, to expand them before I add them to the soil. (I’ve cracked a couple of nice pots not doing this.) I also add fertilizer to the water, so the crystals take up the fertilizer as they expand. The crystals release their water to the roots as the plant dries out, so you will see the soil level retreat, an easy cue to add more water!" —Roseann R.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.47.

    2. A copy of How Not to Kill Your Houseplant because, let's be honest, houseplants can be hard work. From identifying exactly what's in the pot to helping it flourish and grow, this is your guide to creating an oasis of happy, flourishing houseplants.

    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 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. Even George is happier than ever, with new leaves." —Jo

    Get it from Amazon for $11.15.

    3. A pack of ringed plant stakes for your leggy plants that have a hard time standing up on their own. I'm looking at you, beautiful orchids.

    stake with loop at top keeps bulb plant straight up

    Promising review: "These fit perfectly around most of my indoor plants that need help growing in an upright position. The green color blends in with the plant and you don't even notice it's there. If you are trying to use these for much bigger plants, the cage may not fit around the trunk of your plant." —Melissa M.

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    4. A set of three leafy looking watering funnels that help you water the soil of very leafy plants. You know how it goes: You mindlessly start watering a really happy plant, only to realize all the water is on the floor because the leaves are in the way. Yeah, we're done with that.

    a leaf-shaped funnel that connects to side of pot

    Promising review: "When I saw these I knew I had to give them a try. I have a few plants that are quite lush and always have a difficult time watering them without dripping water onto my floor. Immediately put them to use upon opening the package and they worked like a dream. No dripping water! They are larger than I expected but that works great for me." —C.Brown

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $11.99.

    5. A vertical plant stand with a spot for six medium-sized plants. Some houseplants will perish because they're on the floor and you just don't notice that they're suffering, or they get covered in too much dust. Keep them elevated and in your line of sight with a plant stand like this one.

    Reviewer's wood plant stand shows that the stand can easily fit six medium sized houseplants

    Promising review: "The shelf is amazing for the price!! Very cute, adds style and functionality to a room. It’s super easy to put together, took me 20 minutes or less and all supplies/tools are included. Only *possible* drawback is sturdiness, because it is a little tall and could get top heavy possibly. I opted to put smaller plants on top and heavier plants on bottom for that reason. Overall, 100% worth it, would buy again. Probably will." —chelsey sample

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    6. A watering can that's also a spray bottle, because sometimes you just don't have the space for both. Humidity levels are a big factor when taking care of houseplants, so it's important to keep certain tropical plants damp by misting them on a schedule.

    large watering can with spray bottle on the back
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19.

    7. And a humidity monitor to check the moisture in your house if you're really into tropical plants. This will let you know if the air around your tropical beauties has enough moisture in it.

    Reviewer's humidity monitor is nestled into an indoor plant propagation station

    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." —C. Hall

    Get it on Amazon for $12.74

    8. A waterproof repotting mat so you don't put off repotting your houseplants until it's warmer outside. Overgrown roots will result in unhappy plants, so it's important to make sure yours stay happy by keeping them in the proper planter size.

    Reviewer's repotting mat is laid out on a bed with various plants on top of it

    Promising review: "The is a game changer for someone like me that has a lot of plants (indoor and outdoor!). I always struggled with where to repot my plants that would create the least amount of mess. I mix my own potting medium so it’s really messy. I bought this to contain the mess and it works wonderfully. It’s easy to snap together and made of a very sturdy material. It folds very compact for easy storage." —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    9. A new plant to add your collection so that your other plants don't get sad, because it's probably a fact that houseplants get lonely (I totally just made that up but it sounds like it could be true???). This gorgeous parlor palm (it comes with its own planter!) is the bestselling pet-friendly plant from The Sill, so it's a perfect plant for the pet parents out there.

    A person holds up a palm plant in a pink planter
    The Sill

    Get it from The Sill for $38+ (available in two sizes and five different planter options).

    10. A pair of herb scissors that purposely look like leaves so you can just sit them in a plant's soil when not in use. This way you won't misplace them or have them take up valuable space in a drawer.

    model clips sage plant with scissors shaped like two leaves

    Promising review: "Before getting them, I wasn’t sure how well they work, but price was so reasonable, that I was willing to take a small risk. I’m pleasantly surprised by how efficiently they cut the herb leaves, without damaging the plant.  I also like that they sit in the pot and don’t get misplaced or take up any space in my kitchen drawers." —zuri guterman

    Get them from Amazon for $4.99.

    11. A pack of food spikes for fertilizing every type of houseplant you have. Each stick provides up to two months of food for your plants — eliminating the need to constantly fertilize and check the soil for nutrients. Seriously, this product will change your life. It also has over 38,000 5-star ratings, which is really saying something!

    finger pushes green chalky stake into soil

    For best results, replace spikes every 30 days in spring and summer; replace every 60 days in winter and fall.

    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 $2.88.

    Read our full review of the Miracle Grow plant food spikes here.

    12. A self-watering, self-aerating planter that just so happens to be the bestselling garden pot on Amazon. Each pot can hold up to two weeks' worth of water, so you fill it up and then replace the water as needed. It's also 100% BPA-free.,

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

    Promising review: "I purchased six of these so far. And plan to purchase more. They are reliable, functional, easy to use, and my plants love them. They work well indoors and out. The little spout keeps water from getting everywhere. While they are absolutely perfect, a couple of suggestions: It'd be nice if the distance between the saucer and pot was ever so much increased so as to easily tell if more water is needed. Again, this is SO minor and will not affect my future purchases. AND I hope this company is so successful it can add more colors and styles. I plan to buy a half dozen more as my small plants grow a bit more." —Brenda Daily

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

    13. A set of poison- and pesticide-free "disgustingly effective" sticky insect traps to get any infestation of flying insects — like white flies, fungus gnats, thrips, and fruit flies — under control. Reviewers swear that these traps completely wipe out common houseplant insects.

    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 of 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 7 traps!" —Katheryn Camm

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    14. A bottle of organic Joyful Dirt concentrated plant food and fertilizer that you simply sprinkle onto soil or mix into water (for your watering can). Reviewers swear that their houseplants grow faster and bigger after using this product for a short period of time.

    Review showing a plant doubling in size, one photo on March 20, one on April 10, and the last on May 14

    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.

    15. A trio of of bulb vases for plant propagating in style. You can also use them as vases if you want to switch it up.

    Reviewer's trio of glass bulbs have plant stems propagating in them

    Promising review: "This is the cutest thing and definitely easy to assemble and display. I wanted something to hold the plants I am propagating while also acting as decor. This does the trick and is a great price! I think it would be a really cute gift too for housewarming or something similar." —Kary

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    16. A bag of Miracle-Gro potting soil that's specifically formulated to help houseplants thrive and, thanks to the combination of perlite, sphagnum, and peat moss, makes the soil less prone to gnats.

    A potted houseplant with the bag of soil behind it

    Promising review: "Recently bought a lot of succulents and wanted better soil for them so I ordered this and it's working really well so far! It absorbs the water well and my succulents are already starting to perk up more. I definitely recommend for succulents." —Kristen Parton

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49.

    17. A trio of self-watering cat globes for those of us who are either chronic over-waterers or constantly traveling. Each bulb provides water for your plants for up to three weeks, depending on your climate.

    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).

    18. A small watering can if you are dealing with limited space. Some people forgo watering cans all together and use bottles or glasses instead, but in my opinion it's better to have a designated tool to do so because you can fit a lot more water in this, meaning you don't have to keep running back to the sink to refill.

    Reviewer holds up the watering can for scale

    Promising review: "This is my ideal watering can for my small apartment full of small plants. The design is beautiful without being overwrought, it's compact enough to sit in a small space on a shelf, and the capacity is generous enough to water several plants before refilling. It also maneuvers easily under a small tap, like in a standard bathroom sink, for easier filling." —L. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six colors).

    19. A compact brush and dustpan for cleaning up the tiny messes that happen when you do houseplant maintenance. From trimming dead leaves to repotting plants, this small but mighty duo will help with clean up.,

    Promising review: "I use this handy little brush for cleaning up the soil and debris that scatters everywhere when repotting plants. The compact size and strength of the bristles make this the perfect little sweeper for the job. Would buy again!" —Carlos Jovi

    Get it from Amazon for $11.01+ (available in two colors).

    20. A set of two glass misters that are as practical as they are pretty. A lot of gardening tools are more utility than aesthetics, but these bottles are gorgeous and you won't mind leaving them out when not in use.

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Bek, an 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.

    21. This plant care tracker for all the very busy people out there. A single sheet fits 15 plants, and for each week you water a plant you mark it on the tracker. It's also a digital download, so you can print yourself as many copies as you need (I'm looking at you, people who have over 100 houseplants).

    The tracker with spaces for plants and for marking whether you've watered them weekly for a year
    The Curious Cactus / Etsy

    The Curious Cactus is a woman-owned small business in the UK that makes quirky art and puns related to plants. 

    Promising review: "Very cute and helpful! This might save my plants from my terrible lack of attention!" —Luna Scent

    Get it from The Curious Cactus on Etsy for $4.08.

    22. A pebble tray that'll give your more finicky plants the humidity they require when you aren't watering them. Just fill the tray with water and the included pebbles, and then set your plant on top. The water will slowly evaporate and add some humidity to the air around your plants.

    reviewer's bonsai tree sitting on pebble tray with tape measurer showing it's eight inches long

    Promising review: "I purchased the 8" tray/stones to create humidity for one of my smaller prayer plants. The tray is heavy duty plastic and it comes with a good amount of stones. I will definitely look at the bigger sizes for my large prayer plant knowing I can trust the quality. Highly recommended for indoor plant collectors." —Kindle Customer MLS

    Get it from Amazon for $4.27+ (available in two sizes).

    23. A soil tester so you can easily check the moisture level of your soil. You just plop it into the soil and looking at the color-coded meter to see if it's too wet, perfect, or dry.

    The moisture meter in front of a windowsill full of plants

    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).

    24. A set of two handmade avocado tree sprouters if you want to add another plant to your collection this winter. Once you've used an avocado, take the pit and rest it on the sprouter on top of a full glass of water (make sure to change the water regularly). After a bit of time you'll see that roots have formed, and if you're lucky the pit will sprout a stem or two!

    The two avocado sprouters are shown, one with an avocado pit already in it with roots growing in the water
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I love that there are two spouters included so that we can have fun sharing and comparing the results as the avocado seeds grow!" —Peachy

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34.

    Happy gardening!

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