My Favorite Things For Houseplants

Houseplants are amazing for brightening up our indoor spaces. This is especially true for those of us who live in smaller spaces without yards or those living in climates with long, cold winters. A nice collection of houseplants can bring joy all year long! Here are some of my favorite houseplant shops, accessories, and tools.

-Cheers, Mary Jane

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Live Houseplants: The Sill, Urban Stems, Home Depot, Etsy

live houseplants

Houseplants are surprisingly easy to order online. There are a number of excellent sources for most houseplants. Some come in a plastic grower’s pot while others are sold with a matching decor planter.

The Sill carries many of the trendiest houseplants. Urban Stems also sells many of the most popular plants which they pair with fun planters. Home Depot carries Costa Farms Houseplants, which tend to be quite reliable and easy to grow. For rarer houseplants, Etsy’s Houseplant Marketplace is always worth checking!


Succulents: Succulent Box, Amazon, Home Depot

Succulents

Succulents are among the easiest houseplants to grow. And fortunately, there is incredible variety in the different species available. A little succulent or larger succulent bowl arrangement is the perfect low-growing plant for a centerpiece or a windowsill.

Succulent Box is a wonderful source for succulents, whether you’re buying them for yourself or planning to give a gift. Amazon is also a great source for live succulent plants. Here is my list of favorite succulents on Amazon. Lastly, Home Depot carries quite a few succulents year-round for good value.


Houseplant Fertilizer: Arber Organic Indoor Plant Fertilizer

Houseplant Fertilizer

Fertilizer is very important for houseplants as they are isolated from their natural ecosystem (and the processes that occur in nature to deliver mineral nutrients to the plants). Some houseplant fertilizers are powdered, but many are now liquid concentrate that is mixed into your watering can for easy application.

Arber Indoor Plant Food Fertilizer is my top pick for houseplant fertilizer. This nutrient-packed plant food enriches the soil and helps your houseplants thrive indoors. It’s sustainably made from supermarket food waste, and it’s got a bit of rosemary oil in it so it smells nice. This fertilizer is approved for organic growing by the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA).


Planter Pots: Home Depot, Terrain, West Elm

Planter Pots

Finding the right planter pot is important for each of your houseplants. Whether you’re finding a planter for a new plant or stepping up an old favorite into a bigger pot, there are many different options for planter pots.

I shop at Home Depot’s Garden Center for basic terra cotta planter pots. They have a nice selection of sizes and generally have terra cotta saucers to match. For a step up from a standard pot, I love Terrain Home & Garden’s Terracotta Clay Planters. For something a little more modern, West Elm has fantastic planters that are built to last (and look great).


Houseplant Potting Soil: Burpee Organic Premium Potting Mix

Good potting soil is key to the health of your houseplants. I never use soil from my outdoor garden for my houseplants, opting instead for a low-density soil-less mix formulated specifically for houseplants.

Burpee Organic Premium Potting Mix is a wonderful potting soil for houseplants. The lightweight formulation is perfect for good soil aeration and this mix is peat-free. This potting mix is approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for organic gardening.


Succulent Potting Soil: Hoffman Organic Cactus & Succulent Soil Mix

Succulent potting soil mixes are similar to regular potting mixes, except with extra drainage capabilities. Usually, this means an increased percentage of perlite in the potting mix, plus some sand or perhaps lava rock.

Hoffman Organic Cactus & Succulent Soil Mix is a very popular high-quality succulent soil. This mix contains peat, perlite, sand, and limestone to create a free-draining mix that’s pH balanced.


Indoor Trowel: Barebones Garden Trowel

hand trowel for indoor gardening

I like to have a separate trowel for indoor gardening. An indoor trowel is an opportunity to invest in something that’s just as beautiful as it is useful, as this trowel is something you’ll use frequently, see around your house, and quite possibly take some photos of for social media!

My top pick is the Barebones Garden Trowel. This lovely tool has a stainless steel metal blade and a walnut wood handle. It’s perfectly shaped and absolutely gorgeous. The Barebones Garden Trowel is available directly from the Barebones Garden Shop, from Terrain Home & Garden, or from Anthropologie.


Houseplant Watering Can: The Blooming Jungle Indoor Watering Can

Indoor watering cans generally have long skinny spouts without a rosette nozzle on the end. I like metal watering cans with a long enough spout to reach around plants with larger leaves to water right at the base of the soil.

My favorite indoor watering can is The Blooming Jungle Indoor Watering Can. This black metal watering can is made of powder-coated stainless steel in a matte finish. It holds about 5 cups of water, giving it a nice balance between capacity and weight.


Moss Pole: The Bendable Moss Pole By Mossify

moss pole

A moss pole is fast becoming the newest houseplant must-have for climbing plants like monstera and pothos. Some moss poles are stackable, others have a plastic outer mesh, and some moss poles are actually wrapped in coco coir instead of sphagnum moss.

The Bendable Moss Pole By Mossify is my favorite moss pole. This pole is available in a number of different lengths to suit a variety of plants. I love that the pole can be molded to an existing plant and can be adjusted as the plant grows. It’s also easy to keep moist with a mister and the aerial roots of my houseplants root right into it on their own.


Houseplant Mister: Mossify Automatic Mister

houseplant misting

I use a mister to keep my moss poles moist. Keeping the sphagnum moss moist encourages my vining plants to root right into the pole on their own, meaning not much maintenance on my end! My kids also love to mist the tropical plants on a regular basis. I used to use a regular spray bottle, but have since found that an automatic mister is really worth the investment.

The Mossify Mistr: Continuous Automatic Water Mister For Plants, is my top pick for a plant mister. After using an adorable mini mister for years, this definitely feels like a step up. The “Mistr” charges with USB to provide a continuous stream of very fine mist droplets.


Humidifier: Canopy Aromatherapy Home Humidifier

humidifier

A humidifier is the best way to control humidity for your houseplants. If your climate is at all dry, consider investing in a humidifier for your home.

My top pick for a standalone humidifier is the Canopy Humidifier. This anti-mold humidifier has dishwasher-safe parts, a half-gallon tank, and an antimicrobial filter. It also includes an aromatherapy diffuser for essential oils.

If your home’s HVAC system doesn’t measure air humidity, buy a little monitor to check the levels (we have this monitor on our fridge). I like to keep our indoor air humidity between 40%-50% for our plants (and for us humans!).


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