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29 Things That’ll Help Solve All Your Houseplant Problems

29 Things That’ll Help Solve All Your Houseplant Problems

Listen, houseplants are finicky, dramatic, and known to wither from the slightest gardening mistakes. You need all the help you can get.

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1.

A pack of food spikes to nourish your plants for up to two months continuously. It’s a lot easier than constantly squirting liquid fertilizer on them.


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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 $2.24.


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Promising review: “I have deck rail flower boxes and they get full sun most of the day. I filled in the drain holes to hold more water and added these to the soil. Both made a huge difference in the quality of life for the plants. They were and still are gorgeous even if I couldn’t water every day. I do have to admit I used more per planter than the recommended amount.” —Pattijwr

Get it from Amazon for $8.72.

3.

A glass mister to keep your humidity-loving plant’s leaves moist and happy.


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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 it from Amazon for $8.98.


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Promising review: “I have a plant in my office that had terrible gnats. I ordered this product and put one in my plant. Within one hour, there were about 10 gnats stuck to it. Within four days, it was covered on both sides with gnats. Very pleased with this product! Very easy to use, no odor, and even looks cute in my plant!” —HD6774

Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $14.39.

5.

How Not to Kill Your Houseplant — a helpful guide to consult when you want to try to care for something more demanding than a plastic cactus.


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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 Houseplant,’ I 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 $11.89.


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Promising review (tape): “I have tried so many products and variations of trellis ties over the past five years and have finally found a product that I LOVE. Unlike its competitors, it stretches with the growth of the plant and does not cut into stems, branches, or tomatoes. I used it to support my container grown tomato plants and tied it along the stems and a bamboo stake. I also used it to support the tomato or cluster of tomatoes along the branch while it ripened. It supported ten tremendously without damaging the stem and ripping off the tomato (which commonly happens with other ties). I can’t recommend this enough.” —LJGBrooklyn

Get them from Amazon: the tape from Amazon for $6.90 and 25 stakes for $7.99.

7.

Clay pebbles that absorb water and nutrients. They ensure good aeration, prevent excess acidity, and thwart root rot.


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These provide a great drainage system and keep air circulating so roots can get oxygen. You can also crush them up and put them in soil to increase water retention. Just remember to rinse and soak properly before use. Here is what you can do with these bad boys: seed propagation, insulation from temperature fluctuations, terrarium drainage (put them below the soil of a pot with no drainage hole), and orchid rehab.

Get 2 pounds* from Amazon for $18.88.

*some reviewers note that they got less than 2 pounds in their order.

8.

A pack of ringed plant stakes to keep your leggy bois standing tall. It’s ideal for plants that tend to slouch, like roses, lilies, sunflowers, minimas, and orchids.


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Get a pack of four from Amazon for $11.59.

9.

An adjustable LED grow light you might want to consider buying if you lack the coveted ☀️SOUTH FACING WINDOW☀️. This three-headed light will ensure your plants get all the sweet, sweet rays they need to photosynthesize away.


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Promising review: “This light is perfect in every way. Definitely would recommend to anyone who is growing anything from butterfly pea flowers to sunflowers. My daughter and I started indoor planting as a hobby during this COVID-19 crisis to keep our minds and souls at ease, and what a wonderful experience. We started with the butterfly pea flower trellis plant as an experiment and now have a great variety of plants. The basil once under this light sprouted in two days — totally incredible. Our succulents have grown, and the tomatoes and dwarf sunflowers are looking beautiful. We even have a baby bonsai in the mix that is stunning and healthy. We ordered another light and can’t wait to get it in so we can plant the seedlings we just got in the mail to grow rare succulents and — believe it or not — a fuzzy pink banana tree, LOL.” —webyty

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

10.

A tabletop seedling center that’ll give your clippings a cute place to grow their roots.


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I have a similar setup to this and it’s great for clippings that need to sit in water before being planted in soil. I use it for pilea babies and pothos clippings, and it looks great!

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

11.

Classic glass bulbs that’ll slowly water your plant over time, so you don’t have to hesitantly hover over your plants with a watering can wondering if you poured enough.


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Promising review: “I have been trying to grow hydrangeas for years. I’ve killed every hydrangea I’ve brought home up until now. In fact these watering globes are the only thing keeping my hydrangeas alive and they’re flourishing! Also I killed a fiddle-leaf fig tree, exchanged it for a new one and again this system is what’s making it flourish! I just check to make sure the bulbs aren’t empty and refill when needed. I’m using two outside and one indoor. Will definitely be buying more!” —T. Dhont

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.95.

14.

A pebble tray that’ll give your more finicky plants (looking at you, CALATHEAS!) the humidity they require.


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Just fill the tray with water and the included pebbles and then set your plant on top. The water is slowly evaporate and add some humidity to the air around your plants.

Get it from Amazon for $4+ (available in two sizes).

15.

Insect-killing soap to rid your poor infested plant of aphids, earwigs, grasshoppers, harlequin bugs, and other creepy crawlies. I’ve used this to get rid of spider mites and it works wonders!


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Promising review: “This stuff has been the ONLY spray to get rid of the cotton mealybugs that were all over just about all of my 40+ houseplants! Neem oil did nothing, despite what the internet says, and I tried another ‘organic’ spray, which decimated all my beautiful calatheas. I used this twice on each plant, a week apart, and the bugs are GONE, and haven’t returned (it’s been about six weeks since I started spraying with this). I have been struggling with this problem for a year! I am so relieved, cause those bugs spread to everything.” —Meghan Abel

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

16.

A pair of Blueapples that soak up ethylene gas and keep your produce fresh. What does this have to with plants, you ask? Well, once it’s time to replace the contents of the apples, you can dump the used powder into your plants as plant food. A waste-free solution!


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Promising review: “Not only do these things work great to keep produce fresh longer, I wanted to review how it works as plant food. I swear my ivy plant looks like those stupid Miracle Grow commercials, the leaves are double in size. I love that there’s zero waste with these, but I can’t believe the effect it had on my plant. I posted a before and after so you can see just how much bigger the leaves are — not all of the growth is attributable to the food.” —AliceL

Get two from Amazon for $11.99.

17.

A convenient counter top garden with an automatic LED light and a reminder system that lets you know exactly when to water your herbs. Keeping fresh herbs year-round has never been such a no-brainer.


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This comes with pods for two kinds of basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, and thyme.

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful line at Macy’s for $129.99 and get some herb refills for $15.99.

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A Leaflow device that’ll help you get all the water actually in the pot instead of all over the place.


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Get a set of three from Amazon for $11.99.

21.

A fun eco-friendly gardening kit so you can try your hand at making your own veggies right in your own home.


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The set comes with seeds for kale, lettuce, and spinach. It also comes with three pots, thee water catchment trays, three plant markets, two bags of soil, and one glass mister.

Get it from HortikiPlants on Etsy for $45.99.

23.

The Plant Club — a subscription service that mails you new plant friends in the mail so you can really get your indoor jungle going.


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The box comes with a new houseplant, plus various accessories like pots, plant markers, soil, pebbles, and more.

Get it from Cratejoy for $23.33+/month.

24.

A pack of little cats to scatter around your garden and keep it safe from possible intruders. Aphids better watch out for their claws.*


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*These are toys and can’t actually fight off aphids so please be nice to your local ladybugs who will actually do the job.

Get a set of six from Amazon for $7.99.

25.

A pack of pencils with little seed capsules on the ends, so you can plant these suckers right into a pot when you’re done writing with them.


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The pencils are sustainable and nontoxic. They’re made with PEFC/FSC-certified wood, 100% natural clay, and graphite, and the seed capsules are biodegradable. The seeds include forget-me-nots, cherry tomatoes, red flax, basil, thyme, sunflowers, and more.

Promising review: “I bought these pencils originally as a gift but after sharpening them, I ended up keeping them for myself. These pencils are circular in design, meaning once they are so small that you can no longer use them to write, they serve a new purpose as a plant. It’s a wonderful concept!” —Erica D. Medrano

Get eight from Amazon for $14.95.


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Sadly, it’s very unlikely you’ll grow your own avocados in your home (it’s super hard to get an avocado tree to bear fruit) but it’s still a nice plant! It takes about three to six weeks for your seed to start to germinate, but don’t worry: about 90% of all seeds will eventually start to grow.

Promising review: “This is a no brainier purchase if you have any interest in sprouting an avocado seed. It balances fine and looks good sitting in the living room. I would love to see a little less branding but that is my only slight complaint.” —Aaron

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

27.

A sweet gold ribbon to award your houseplant on their accomplishments, whether it’s a new leaf or just staying alive. Keep it up, lil’ green friend!


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These awards are etched brass and come with a string for hanging.

Get it from AnotherStudio on Etsy for $7.58 (available in six styles).

28.

Liquid plant food that’s pretty much a multi-vitamin for your houseplant. If your green little buddy isn’t growing as much as you’d like, consider a couple drops of this elixir!


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This works for all indoor and outdoors plants to encourage new growth. Just add seven drops to your watering can before watering.

Promising review: “I bought this for a money tree plant that my cat ate all the leaves and completely destroyed. The first pic was a week or so after using the fertilizer as recommended, on April 7, and the second is May 4. Of course I keep away from my cat at this point. Highly recommended fertilizer!” —Beth

Get it from Amazon for $6.83.

29.

And a pair of herb scissors that look like leaves so you can stash ’em right in your planter.


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I have these and they cut very nicely! You just need to get the hang of how to hold them and cut at the right angle. It’s also useful for poking the soil of my plants to aerate it when it gets a little too dense.

Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

I wish you the best of luck with your plants!


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