The Four Indoor Plant Care Essentials No One Talks About

Learn about these less-talked-about indoor plant care essentials to up your plant game.

By: Lively Root
February 13, 2020
The Four Indoor Plant Care Essentials No One Talks About
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There are a few things any indoor plant enthusiast worth their soil needs and, no matter your skill or know-how, you’re going to want to make sure you have these essentials nearby to properly take care of your indoor plants.


1. Squirt Bottle

Squirt bottles are great for keeping leaves clean (spritz and wipe) and giving humidity-loving plants a little extra love. Plants like Calathea, Alocasia, Croton, Fiddle Leaf Fig, China Doll, Monstera, and Flamingo Flower all love humid conditions and by giving them a spray just a couple times a day or week, you’ll keep their leaves from turning crispy. Get ready for all sorts of lush new growth.


2. Cloth Rag

Broad leaf or small, plants are going to collect dust. Unfortunately, dust blocks plants’ pores, preventing their ability to absorb moisture and air, inhibiting photosynthesis. All you have to do to help is take a simple cloth rag, and gently wipe the leaves clean. This is crucial for large leaves like the Fiddle Leaf Fig and Monstera.


3. Fertilizer

In nature, plants can extend their roots out to collect all the nutrients they need; in pots, they exhaust their nutrients quickly and we have to fertilize in order to replenish the soil, allowing the plant to cultivate healthy, new growth.

We recommend John & Bob’s organic, wholesome fertilizer for maximum plant nutrition. Kid and pet friendly, this fertilizer won’t burn and has micro and macro nutrients for gentle feeding. 


4. Soaking Tray

Plants love good drainage so as long as your plants have a hole in the bottom of their pot, they’ll be happy. If you can find a tray to hold several plants at once, you’ll start by running water through the top of the plant, allowing the excess to collect in the tray. Let your plants soak for a few hours – they’ll love it! This method of soaking can be trickier for larger plants, but if you can, they’ll really benefit from the extra care. We especially recommend trying this with Pothos, Croton, and Spider Plants.