Moisture metre

I got mine from Amazon, but Home Depot and Wilko do them too.


They’re cheapest on Amazon.


This Levoit one is the gold standard for house plant parents. It has a HUGE tank, and you can set it to produce warm mist.

Grow lights

I use a few different grow lights, depending on what it’s for.

I have two professional grow lights – they require hanging, and will have a massive impact on the speed and size of your plant’s growth.

This one from Mars Hydro is awesome, but this Bestva one is a great option for those on a more limited budget.

If you have a dark corner and just need some light to keep your plants ticking over (rather than spectacular growth), then these goose-neck grow lights are a great option. They’re pretty cheap and affix to your shelves with a clamp.

Grow bulb

I like this SANSI one. Good grow bulbs seem pricy, but they’re a great way to make a regular lamp a grow lgiht.

Castile soap

I spray my plants down with a spray bottle filled with water and a drop of castile soap monthly, to keep pests away. You can spray it more often (twice a week) to treat pest infestations.

Cleaning cloths

These makeup eraser microfiber cloths are the GOAT of plant cleaning cloths. The shine plants up beautifully even when used dry. LOVE.


I like t4u – they’re only available on Amazon as far I can see. They do sturdy, pretty pots WITH DRAINAGE HOLES in a variety of designs and sizes.

Terracotta pots tend to be cheapest from garden centres. Other than that I reuse nursery pots and get cover pots from thrift stores and Ikea.

If you’re in the UK, you NEED to check out Hooked and Hung on Etsy. Not only do they sell gorgeous painted terracotta pots, but the crocheted plants are absolutely adorable.

Americans, check out Ruby Farms Pottery. The Monstera mug is BEAUTIFUL.

I’m also a HUGE fan of Succi Pots.

Neem Oil

I use one like this from Amazon. Use to clean plants and get rid of pests – either instead of or mixed in with castile soap.


I mainly use the General Hydroponics Flora series.

I use worm castings from Etsy and fish tank water (people don’t seem to sell it – should I start??).

Propagation Station

Wowsucculents have a great selection, as do CozzzySpot, and NefitasHandmade.

Moss Pole

Garden centres sell them pretty cheap, but you can get them on Etsy here. I also like these plastic ones that you can fill with moss yourself – they’re better than the coir ones.


Do NOT use for misting, just cleaning your leaves. I prefer these spray bottles because they don’t leak as much as misters.

Potting mix – you can get all the ingredients you need from Etsy and Ebay. Some Etsy sellers sell premixed aroid mix if you’d rather have it pre-made. I’m afraid they seem to be US only though.

If you have a tendency to underwater your plants, then feel free to buy premade house plant potting mix.

These are the ones I recommend:

UK: Westland House Plant Potting Mix

USA: Fox Farms

Plant shops I recommend

Some ship worldwide, some don’t. There’s a range here – some do spider plants and pothos at great prices, others do rare philodendron, monstera etc. They all have repeat buyers, great reviews, and a decent amount of stock.

I have a whole post about Etsy plant shops here.

Books I recommend

I only have one, but I do like it: House Plant Expert by Dr D.G. Hessayon. It has a decent identification section (considering how many plant varieties there are) and great care sections at the back.

To be honest, I do most of my plant IDing using Reddit, but I still like reading this book. Is it necessary? Absolutely not.