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Basic Supplies Every Indoor Gardener Should Have

by Jamie Dee Frontiero 03/13/2022

Indoor gardening involves a lot more than plants and soil. In order to have successful indoor plants, you need the proper tools to help you care for them in the best way possible. If you’re not sure where to begin or if you’re looking for a gift for the gardener in your life, here are the basics to get you started.

Small Pruners

Houseplants need just as much regular pruning as their outdoor counterparts. However, it’s more likely you’ll be pruning much smaller plants indoors. This is where a small set of pruning scissors comes in handy. Clipping away dried stems and foliage and separating roots while repotting a plant are some of the most common uses for small pruners. Rather than use household scissors for these tasks, using a dedicated tool will help keep them sharp and prevent the spread of bacteria.

Planter Trays

Many plant pots come with matching saucers, but for those that don’t it’s helpful to have a few simple planter trays. Planter trays help prevent water damage to surfaces when a freshly watered plant is still draining from the bottom of the pot. While letting your plants drain in the sink can work, those with a lot of plants or busy sinks will find that having some simple plastic trays available makes watering days quicker and easier.

Plant Caddies

Some houseplants can grow to be enormous with age and proper care. Larger plants need larger pots with more soil and when all combined it’s easy to end up with an extremely heavy plant. Plant caddies are essentially small platforms on wheels that you can place under your larger plants to make them easier to move. They come in a variety of materials and sizes depending on style preference and weight you need to support. While your every day 6-inch house plant likely won’t need its own caddy now, get one before it grows too large to move comfortably.

Moisture Meter

Many new plant owners learn the hard way that it’s easier to kill houseplants with over-watering than with under-watering. Unfortunately, even with best intentions it's difficult to determine how much water a plant actually needs. A simple moisture meter has a long sensor attached to a gauge you can use to read the moisture levels in the soil. A quick check into the planter will tell you immediately whether it’s time to water or if it’s time to hold off and can also help troubleshoot drainage issues with potting mixes or containers.

There’s a good reason outdoor gardeners keep potting benches. Having a dedicated work space and area for your tools makes caring for your indoor plants easier too. Regardless of where you store your supplies, make sure you consider these suggestions to make sure you cover all the basics of plant care.

About the Author

Jamie Dee Frontiero

Since joining Coldwell Banker, Jamie has distinguished herself as a Top Producing Realtor along the MA North Shore & NH Seacoast. She has been the #1 Selling Agent in her office since 2014 and consistently ranks in the "Top 100" of all Coldwell Banker agents in New England.  Jamie's proven track record of high-annual sales coupled with a genuine respect for her clients sets her apart from other agents...she is known for her tenacity and energy, as well as her contract expertise. Jamie's extensive experience enables her to interpret a wide range of market conditions, price homes correctly and negotiate effectively for her clients, regardless of their property endeavors. 

Jamie knows that in today's competitive Real Estate markets, property presentation has become more important than ever. To ensure all her listings look stunning on line and in person, Jamie includes Professional Staging & Photography services, at no cost to her sellers.  Jamie is highly revered for the quality of her listings...they attract the strongest buyers, sell in the shortest time possible and, for the most money. Over the years Jamie has developed lasting relationships with a dedicated group of Attorneys and Loan Officers as well as ServiceVendors, ready to assist with: pre-listing updates, post-inspection repairs or after-sale improvements. 

If you're looking to make a change in residence & would like to experience a well-managed & successful real estate transaction, Jamie would be delighted to hear from you and honored to represent you!