Houseplant Gardening Tools

Sometimes the climate outside isn't conducive to gardening, but with the right tools anyone can have thriving indoor plants at any time of the year. Whether it's flowering plants or an indoor vegetable garden, the right tools will make your job a lot easier—and the end result will make your thumb look a lot greener.

Soft Cloths

Keep some soft cloths on hand for cleaning the leaves of large plants. Much like furniture, plants often sit in the same spot day in and day out, and they can collect dust and spiderwebs. Instead of using a duster—which can transfer insects and other pests from plant to plant—use a moist, soft cloth that can be washed after each use. Reusable cloths also produce much less waste than paper towels.

Potting Soil

Potting soil might seem like a non-traditional tool, but it's a very necessary one for keeping indoor plants pest-free. When repotting indoor plants, it's important to always use fresh potting soil. This will give the plant a fresh start—it can be traumatic for plants to be repotted, and with fresh soil it's certain that there is no decay from old roots or other debris in the new pot. It's also important to use fresh potting soil when potting an indoor plant for the first time. When you reuse soil, there is always a risk of transferring pests and bacteria from an old plant to a new one.

A Tub

Another rather nontraditional gardening tool, a tub that is big enough to contain any of your potted plants can come in extremely handy for insect control. There are a number of different pests that can take up residence in the soil of an indoor plant. When caterpillars or cutworms make an appearance, place the pot inside the tub and fill the tub with water to the brim of the pot. This will saturate the water and drive the worms to the surface, where they can be removed.

Watering Can

A watering can is a vitally important tool. While every plant needs water, getting leaves wet while watering the plant can be damaging. Water drops on the leaves can magnify sunlight enough to burn the leaves, especially with those plants that have tiny hairs on the leaf surface. Wet leaves can also encourage the growth of fungus and other organisms on the leaves; therefore, it's best to use a watering can with a long spout that can deliver water directly to the roots.

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