Best Gadgets for Houseplant Lovers
This time of year, many people wonder what types of gadgets they can get for their plant-loving friends (or themselves). The good news? When it comes to houseplant gadgets, there’s no budget too big or too small. Here are some of our top picks.
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Houseplant Gadgets: Meters to Understand Your Plant
01: Stay-in-Place Moisture Meters
The Sustee Aquameter is a simple but effective way to monitor your plant’s moisture levels. How does it work? An internal wick turns blue when the conditions are wet, gradually turning white as the soil dries. These meters are designed to stay in place, which means you can eliminate the time you search for your traditional moisture meter. The same company offers meters of varying lengths to monitor plants of any size! Remember, you will need to replace the wick after 6-9 months, so go ahead and stock up now!
02: Reusable Moisture Meters
You know you’ve been looking for an excuse to purchase one of these. Whether you’re a veteran houseplant professional or a nervous newbie, a reusable moisture meter is a great gadget to enhance your plant care routine. What the Xlux meter lacks in bells-and-whistles, it makes up for in user-friendly simplicity.
03: Humidity Meters
A humidity meter is a valuable houseplant gadget, especially when determining the areas in your house that are suitable for humidity-loving plants like Crispy Wave ferns. An added perk? This humidity meter is stylish and does triple duty as a thermometer and clock.
04: Smart Meters
Moisture is only one of the critical components to your plant’s success! This Bluetooth-connected “Smart Plant Tracker” gives you understandable read-outs on moisture, fertilizer, light, and temperature levels. One thing to keep in mind: Bluetooth has short-distance connectivity, so you’ll have to be nearby your plants to receive readings.
Houseplant Gadgets: Tools to Light Up Your Plant’s World
05: “Umbrella” Grow Lights
Do you have a plant that needs a little extra light but don’t want the tacky grow-light aesthetic? There are many models to choose from, including this quirky (a little bit retro) “umbrella” shade grow light. Its height is adjustable, and it comes with a timer, so you’ll be a professional in no time.
06: Hanging Grow Lights
If you have the budget and want to make a minimalist statement in your home (while giving your plants the light they need), check out these luxury Soltech grow lights. Depending on the bulb you select, they can provide up to 4 feet of coverage for any given area: think of all the plants you could fit in there!
Houseplant Gadgets: Self-Watering Pots
07: Basic Models
Even the most basic self-watering pots are a helpful tool to any plant parent. A bonus? Multipacks are reasonably inexpensive and come in different shapes/sizes, so you won’t have to worry about forgetting to water your windowsill garden or stand-alone pots. Just remember: Only place plants that like “consistent, even moisture” in self-watering pots.
08: Smarty Pots
There are plenty of technology-forward self-watering pots on the market, including the Parrot H20 and “Daisy” from Digital Springs. Both of these gadgets measure the moisture, light, temperature, and fertilizer levels of your plant, plus they automatically water your houseplant (sending you an alert when the reservoir is empty).
09: The Truly Self-Watering Pot
Self-watering pots are great, but you have to remember to fill them. Instead, check out the KMV Smart Plant Pot, which transforms ambient humidity into water, filling its own reservoir. This is literally a “plug it in and forget it” solution to watering.
Houseplant Gadgets: Handy Humidifiers
10: A Trusty Classic
A filterless, top-fill humidifier: it’s one of the least expensive tools that brings a ton of benefits. Why is a top-fill unit a good idea? There’s less daily hassle with refilling (and less water droplets spilled on your floor). Simply carry the water to your humidifier, fill it up, and power it up!
11: Dishwasher Safe Humidifiers
Keeping your humidifier clean is an essential part of maintaining a healthy environment for you and your plants. But most humidifiers come with annoyingly tiny parts and reservoirs that seem impossible to clean! And you’re supposed to do this once a week? Say goodbye to hassle with a Canopy Humidifier. While it’s a little on the pricey side (and yes, you will have to purchase filters), it’s hard to get past the “dishwasher safe” description. Another perk? This humidifier doesn’t emit mist, which often leaves residue on surfaces, distracts kids, and can cause mold. And, you can set programmable levels of humidity for night and day (because it has a 36 hour run time!).
Houseplant Gadgets: The Unordinary
12: The Biopod
Are you an adventurous plant parent? It may be time to try something new: a Biopod! What is it? A microenvironment that you control from your phone. That’s right: you’re in control of the light, humidity, temperature, ventilation, and rainfall. Size-wise, think of a fish tank filled to the brim with your favorite plants!
Houseplant Gadgets: Plant Apps for Your Phone
Not only is this App known for its plant identification, but it also offers useful resources for new and experienced plant parents. You’ll be able to photograph and journal your plant’s progress, diagnose diseases, and set care reminders! All from one simple app!
14: Lux Light Meter
The Lux Light Meter Pro is an app that does what it says: it helps you to measure the amount of lux (lumens per square meter) or foot candles (lumens per square foot) your plant is receiving. You’ll be amazed to see the difference just a few feet can make in the life or death of your houseplants!
This one might have surprised you because it likely came pre-downloaded on your phone. Are you consistently confused about which direction your windows are facing? Well, here’s your easy solution. Open up the Compass app and answer your questions about window placement.