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This is the actual moisture probe I use, and it’s the number 1 reason my plants are all still alive. I used to oscillate wildly between over and under watering, and now I don’t even need to think about it!
Apparently these aren’t as accurate as more expensive ones, but mine has always been accurate enough to keep my plants alive.
This is the hygrometer I use. You could spend a bit more on a more accurate one, but it’s fine for my purposes.
I would highly recommend you get a hygrometer before you get a humidifier. It’s worth checking whether you actually need a humidifier – my house is a balmy 60% without any additional aid.
I tend to buy my terracotta pots from local garden centres, because they’re cheap af. However, there are some seriously cute ceramic plant pots (with drainage holes, because we’re all about keeping our plants alive) available. I’ve not actually gotten any yet, but I need a nice one for my hoya.
This company has a fantastic range of pots – they even do ceramic pots with drainage, and are so well priced.
I’ve recently invested in some grow lights, and BY CHRIST if you accidentally shine them in your boyfriend’s eyes he’ll scream.
I’m planning on getting another set for my kitchen.
These are the ones I use, and I really like them. Cheap to run and less than £30.
I don’t actually have a humidifier but IF I DID, I’d get this one, because it has a large tank and the option of hot and cold mist. It’s also programmable so you can keep the humidity at a fairly constant level.
It’s the one recommended by, er, everyone.
I use this to clean plants and as a mild insecticide. This is the one I get, but I assume they’re all pretty similar.
I like to use a seaweed fertiliser, because it’s not got weird ingredients, and it’s gentle on roots.
Yes, you could get a cheap-ass plastic one, but these ones are pretty enough to use as decor, which means you can just leave them next to your plants and they look GOOD.
Invaluable for bottom watering, though obviously your bath or sink will do.
I like using a tray because I can take it to my plants and save them dripping all over the floor.
It also means I can leave it outside to fill with rainwater and then bring it in when I need to use it. Leaving on the kitchen worktop (don’t hate, bizarrely, I have a lot of worktop space in my shoebox of a house) means that I always have room temperature water available.
This one is a great option. Yes, it’s a litter tray, but the gardening trays are either flimsy as hell or have drainage holes, which would be disastrous.
This is a want, not a need. HOW COOL THOUGH??
Check them out here. Defo saving up for one.
Again, any old jars you have lying around are FINE, but if you want something fancy (or to give as a gift) these are cute af.
Tbh I tend to use bamboo canes because they’re cheaper, but for a big statement plant, I like to stake it to a moss pole. You can get them in garden centres too, and I think they’re a bit cheaper.
I personally wouldn’t invest in a mister – I’d just use one of the spray bottles mentioned above, but if you do want one, don’t get a cheap one.
They don’t work.
They’ll leak everywhere.
If you’re crap at remembering to fertilise, then you can add nutrition to your soil by top dressing your pots with worm castings – just mix them in with a chopstick or something.
Perlite is volcanic rock that we use to improve to the drainage of our potting mix. I recommend using a ratio of one part perlite to either one or two parts potting mix. Wear a mask when dealing with perlite – it’s dusty af.
House plant potting mix
Er, soil. I always forget to get it when I’m in the garden centre, so I tend to get it online.
This is the potting mix I recommend. Whichever one you decide to get, make sure it’s specifically for house plants.
If you go down the DIY avenue for making potting mix, or you just want to make your mix a bit airier (is that a word?), then you’ll need coconut coir.
Again, useful for DIY potting mix, or a great medium for helping plants to recover from root rot.
Great for potting up orchids (obvs) and adding drainage to the potting mix. I loke to add a bit into my mix because as bark breaks down it adds nutrition into the soil.
Get bark here. Wash it before use because…you never know.