What You Need to Have in Your Houseplant Kit?

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In this article, I will be discussing what you need to have in your houseplant kit in order to get the best from your houseplants. When people start buying houseplants or are given houseplants as a gift, you do not know what items you need to buy to look after the plants well.

This article is for you as I will be enclosing what products you need to get the best from your houseplants, as all aspects will be covered from beginning to the end.

BUY THE RIGHT CONTAINER

When you first buy a houseplant or are given a houseplant, what are you to do? Often, although unnecessary at the beginning, you need to house your plants in a new plant pot.

As this is such a big decision I will be reviewing houseplant containers in the near future to help you get the selection right.

GET THE COMPOST AND SUBSTRATE RIGHT

Next, you need to get the right compost but this is so much dependent on the plant that you are growing. If you want to find about my preference of what compost to use especially for houseplants including citrus, cacti and other types can be found here. Make sure the compost is matched to the plant and not the other way around.

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You got the plant compost right, but now you need to improve the drainage and aeration, so what do you do to encourage this? You can either add perlite, vermiculite or horticultural grit in the right proportion to the compost that you are using.

Not sure which one to use, then you can read my article on vermiculite vs perlite vs horticultural grit to make an informed decision. This article will discuss also which product I recommend.

When the houseplant is in its new home on the container of the right size, full of the right compost and perlite/grit/vermiculite mixture.

What do you need to do next?

Once the plant is actively growing it will require nutrients and this is where liquid fertilisers come into play. This provides all the plants need regularly throughout the growing season. You can read my articles on 32 flowering houseplants and colourful leaf indoor houseplants on how to do so, in these articles it goes into the best time to feed them with liquid fertilisers and how often they should be done.

Liquid fertiliser, where you dilute the feed to the recommended dosage, is not the only method that can be used. For forgetful gardeners, you can use drip feeders, which slowly feeds your houseplants.

As there are so many fertilisers, which one do I recommend?

BEST LIQUID FERTILISER

Name of Product: 2 x Baby Bio Original House Plant Fertilizer.

The Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.co.uk

Product Dimensions: 16cm x 9cm x 8cm

Shipping Weight: 0.381kg.

This is one liquid fertiliser for houseplants that I have used for many years with great results. I have used it in my kalanchoe, crown of thorns, desert rose, and Christmas cactus, all doing well.

This product bring beauty to all indoor plants inside your home, where it gives the plant all nutrients it requires.

A healthy plant will have strong roots, healthy leaves and beautiful blooms. This liquid fertiliser provides all the plants’ nutrients needs via the compost. It will replenish all the nutrients that are used up by the plant and it will flourish, I really mean flourish well. It is a quick boost to any houseplant that is struggling and not looking at its best.

The balance liquid fertiliser has a nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium in the right ratios, especially if it is used at the recommended application rates. It can be used from spring to autumn, as long as the plant is actively growing.


PROS
  • 60 years of trust
  • Very good price for your houseplant needs.
  • It is the best liquid fertiliser that you can buy for your houseplants, as long as they are not citrus or orchids.
  • Your houseplant will produce better and bigger blooms.
  • One bottle can last a long time.
  • You cannot overfeed your houseplant, as it has a valve on top of the bottle which controls how many drops are added to your water.
CONS
  • It is not suitable for citrus plants or orchids, which require a different feed.

THE BEST DRIP FEEDER

Name of Product: 4 x Baby Bio Drip Original Feeders

The Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.co.uk

You get 4 x 40ml feeder in each box and you get 4 boxes.

Shipping Weight: 0.381kg.

This is a drip feeder for your houseplants made by the same company that brought to you its liquid fertiliser. The form is a similar product to the liquid fertiliser, but it is sold to you already formulated, with no dilution with water required. It will give the plants the nutrients it needs when it needs it.

The beauty of drip feeders is that the plants themselves control when it gets fed. So when it needs nutrients it will take nutrients from the drip feeder. When it is satisfied it simply will not use is.

The product comes ready to use and all you need to do is take one dripper out of the box, then cut the yellow cap near the top and then place it into the compost, faced down. Normally one drip feeder per houseplant is sufficient.

It is made up of the right amount of nutrients to keep your leaves green, or red, or purple or silver, along with healthy roots. This will allow your houseplant to produce vibrant blooms.

The one question that is often asked, is how long one drip feeder will last and that is like asking how long a piece of string is. It can be a month but it can be shorter or it can be longer, depending on what plant is present and its growing conditions.


PROS
  • A useful product for forgetful gardeners.
  • One dripper can last a long time and will make your plant healthy without the need to worry.
  • Can be used for a large variety of plants, apart from orchids and citrus plants.
  • Good Value for money, as you get a lot of product, enough for multiple plants.
CONS
  • The end of some of the nozzles can get blocked. Once in a while, you need to remove the drip and make sure that the opening you have made is not blocked with compost.
  • Do not make the aperture too big at the tip of the feeder, as all product will drain out in one go. This will be such a waste. It will not harm the plant but it is like washing money down the drain.

For a vigorous plant, you can also use a foliage feed that will invigorate your plants. The one I recommend can be found here.

Once the plant has been rehoused in the right container in the right compost substrate mixture and is being fed right. What is the next thing you have to be aware of? You need to water in the right quantities too. You can water using a small watering can but better is to use a watering spike. If you want to know what I recommend then you can read my review of watering spikes here. Do not forget that certain houseplants like to be misted.

Your plants are now happily growing in a right container in the right growing media, is well fed with a liquid fertiliser or a drip feeder, and is watered with a watering spike, so what is left to do?

If you have a large-leaved houseplant, its leaves can get dirty and dusty, you need a product to make it look its best. No point doing all this and have a dull plant

PLANT LEAF SHINE

Name of Product: Baby Bio Leaf Shine

The Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.co.uk

Product Dimensions: 5.2cm x 5.2cm x 12.2cm

Shipping Weight: 0.28kg.

If you want your houseplants to look their best, it needs an extra touch to add the extra factor. This is where Baby bio leaf shine comes into play as it makes dull and lifeless leaves look shiny and healthy again. It will make your leafy houseplants look naturally shiny.

By keeping dust away from your leaves, it maximises the light reaching the leaves and therefore improves photosynthesis. With this long-lasting product, the leaves do not require to be polished, such an added bonus.

All you need to do is hake the container and spray on smooth leaved houseplants at a distance of 30cm away on the upper leaves only.

To do this well, you have to ensure that the compost is moist and the plant is well watered.

When applying make sure you use a sweeping motion to give a thin, even film to all leaves without ever wetting any of them.

There a few consideration that needs to be made in order to use the product safely.

  • Do not spray on plants in direct sunlight
  • Do not spray on furniture, polished surface or on walls.
  • Do not use on young, tender plants, succulents, yuccas, ferns, or any hairy-leaved houseplant.
  • Do not spray on flowers or any unopened buds.
  • Do not spray on naked flames
  • Do not breathe in the spray.


PROS
  • Houseplants leaves will once again obtain their shine.
  • It is long-lasting.
  • No need to polish leaves at all, Just spray and walk away.
  • Suitable for houseplants with waxy, smooth leaves.
  • Will get many uses for the price.
CONS
  • It cannot be used for all houseplants.
  • You need to ensure that the product is safely used.

Your plants are new looking simply stunning and you wonder how you managed before this article was written.

Do you need anything else to complete the kit?

The answer is yes, you need to protect your houseplants from bug attacks and disease. Your plants may be healthy by this does not mean that the plant will not be subjugated to stress, disease or pest attacks.

What product do I recommend to stop these pests? What product do I use to protect from fungal diseases?

HOUSEPLANT BUG KILLER

Name of Product: Baby Bio House Plant Bug Killer

The Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.co.uk

Product Dimensions: 6cm x 13cm x 28cm

Shipping Weight: unknown.

We all need to ensure that our houseplants are on tip-top conditions and one aspect of this is to protect them from aphids, whitefly and mealybugs. You need a spray that can protect your plants from these pests and this is where the bug killer comes into play.

It is advised to use this spray at the first sign of an infestation, every 2 weeks for 5 times maximum number of treatments can be used for all plants in the home, conservatory and even in the greenhouse.

To use, spray around 23 to 30cm away on top and bottom of leaves. Avoid spraying any blooms as this could damage them. It is best to spray either early in the morning or late evening to avoid spraying and harming beneficial insects.

One of the best features of this spray is that it can kill and treat fungus gnats, a severe pest of indoor plants.


PROS
  • It is effective for treating a wide range of pests but not all of them. It is particularly good at treating whitefly.
  • Can be used on edible crops, provided that 1 week has elapsed before the leaves are consumed.
  • Reasonably priced.
CONS
  • Some users complain that it is not effective against greenflies.
  • It is not effective against scaly insects and should not be used for such infestations.
  • It may not be the most effectual insecticide on the market.

THE BEST FUNGICIDE

Name of Product: Flying Skull NUKE EM Advanced 1 Litre Organic Plant Wash Insecticide & Fungicide for All Plants

The Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.co.uk

Product Dimensions: 8cm x 8cm x 23 cm

Shipping Weight: 1.1kg.

This is a product that is an organic fungicide and includes the use of non-toxic ingredients to eliminate mites, aphids, thrips, mealybugs and other insects. It can also treat powdery mildew, a common disease of houseplants.

What is great as it can be used on edible crops right up to harvest with no fear, as it has no taste or smell.

This product has no oils, soap, chemical surfactants, or pyrethrums, so will leave no nasty residue. It has many uses inside and outside in the gardens.

It is suggested that you mix 15 to 45ml of the product with 1 litre of water.

It is best to mix 15ml of the product with water, as a starting concentration, but this can be increased if it needs to be.

You may need to spray your plants at one-week intervals, depending on the level of infestations and/or disease.

To determine at what dosage to use, spray on one plant to see how it behaves, if it looks generally sad or diseased then you may need to increase or decrease your dosage.

It is recommended to use a dosage of 15ml of product per litre of water when required as a maintenance treatment. This should keep bugs from coming back.

The mixture is best to prepare and use on the same day it is made, as this is when it is at its best.


PROS
  • Can be used to treat a number of plants.
  • Can be diluted to meet your specific requirements.
  • Easy to use.
  • Can be used for edible crops, right up to when it needs to be harvested.
  • Can be used either for indoor or outdoor plants.
CONS
  • It is not a cheap product.
  • For other fungal diseases apart from powdery mildew, the product is not as effective.

CONCLUSIONS

In this article what you need to have in your houseplant kit has been discussed. From this article, you can see what products are required from when you purchase plants, from repotting to spraying the plant to protect from pests and diseases. What is covered is everything from compost selection, substrate, watering, misting, liquid fertilisers, drip feeders, leaf shine, bug killer and fungicides.

As you can see there are a number of considerations if you want your houseplant to be at the best condition as possible.

If you follow this article they you will know what to do to make your houseplant dreams come true.

Turn your brown thumb to a green finger with this article.

If you have any questions or comments you wish to make, please do so in the box below.

Look after your houseplants and get your kit prepared today.


14 thoughts on “What You Need to Have in Your Houseplant Kit?”

  1. Hi! It is truly a very lovely article, and I believe anyone who is dealling with plants,will love to read it – it is a-z with informatinos. Now I honeslty am not lover of any plants,or gardening, I believe it is to complicated and you must know a lot aroung this niche to master it. But my mother in law loves it and I will show her this post,hopefully she will obey you. 

    Cheers,

    Primoz P.

    1. Hi Primoz

      Thank you for your comment and I hope your mother in law gets a lot out of it. Houseplants are not at all that difficult to do all you need to do is apply a little bit  of time and resources, soon you will have beautiful houseplants. 

      Kind regards

      Antonio

  2. What a treasure trove of information here on how to care for house plants from all possible angles. I like the idea of using liquid fertilizer. Does this get into the plant systemically better than solid fertilizers?

    Many years ago I noticed our companies plant care specialist shining the broad leaves of a house plant. I had no idea then that this was to make the leaves look good and shiny. I had no idea that indoor plants needed to be treated for bugs and fungus. Nice to know.

    I can see how starting out with the right soil and fertilizer is critical for the plant to grow healthy and resilient to any diseases. 

    We have two house plants. One is an African violet. A friend who had these once told us how important it was not to over water them. This is easy to do. We have another plant that we water it with very diluted coffee as that is what the person whi gave this to us recommended. They both seem to be doing quite well.

    Thanks for these great tips. 

    All the best to you.

    Edwin

    1. Hi Edwin

      Solid based fertilizers are more for long term growth but if your plants shows it is distressed then it needs. Quick pick-me-up. This is why liquid fertilizers are recommended as the results are quickly noticed. A lot of people do not know how much effort is required to get a houseplant to look its best from watering, feeding, right compost, right pot sizes, misting, leaf shining, protection from bugs and fungi. A lot to remember that is why this article was written to concentrate people to what kind of products I recommend for people to buy.

      If you follow my article your plants will be healthy.

      Kind regards

      Antonio 

  3. Hello. I have a ficus in my living room and I noticed that it does not grow at all and the leaves begin to fall. The first time I thought it was because of the temperature. I moved it from the hall to the living room because now in this winter time it is warmer in the living room. I would like to try the liquid fertilizer variant, my ficus it may not have enough nutrients and it cannot grow. I will buy this product and i think that 2 X Baby Bio at the price of £ 7.22 is perfect.

    Thanks a lot for such an amazing products you put here all the time. Good luck! 

    1. Hi Nimrodngy

      Thank you for stopping by once again. To grow a ficus well you need to place it in a bright area or in light sunshine. You need to  water well in summer and sparingly in winter. Feeding once a month with a liquid fertilizer during the growing season will help.

      I am glad I can help you with coming up with selections in looking after your houseplants. If you struggle with anything else you can come back and let me know.

      Kind regards

      Antonio

  4. Hey,  Oh, your article on container plants has me longing for the time to revisit!!  Currently I am building an online business and I am time precious. 

    I absolutely love plants and container plants on the decking or inside are a joy for me.  I did read your article rather quickly (time pressure!!!!) however it seemed you didn’t cover orchids.  I have orchids and they are my special plants.  Do you have an article that covers just orchids?  Please let me know.

    Hey, you have given me great ideas for Chrissy presents and I will be sure to refer the owners of my gifts to your page.  Then they will have no excuse to not have healthy plants!!  Ha ha!

    Thanks again, and I repeat I long to have the time to spend growing and nurturing amazing potted plants.  Stay in touch.  Cheers Jill

    1. Hi Jill

      Thank you for your detailed comment. The most important take away from this article is how to get the best from your houseplants as often people are unaware what it entails to look after them, hence why this article was written as it goes into great detail the products I recommend for various aspects of looking after houseplants. I am currently writing very articles on types of houseplants to get and Orchids is one of them.

      Thanks

      Antonio

  5. HiAntonio, I found this article very helpful for my garden. I learned a lot about liquid fertilizer and drip feeders. I haven’t used a drip feeder before in my garden. Can you make a video to demonstrate the use of the plant leaf shine? Can I use Baby Bio Houseplant Bug Killer for my orchid plant? Thank you.

    1. Hi Alketa

      Thank you for your generous comment as it is very much appreciated. Drip feeders are ideal for those who forget to feed their houseplants. All you need to do is place it in the soil and water when necessary. Leaf shine is easy to do all you do is spray it on the leaves at the recommend distant and then leave it. It is not too complicated.

      Yes if you have an infestations you can use the bug spray on the orchid, as long as the blooms are not sprayed.

      Thanks

      Antonio

  6. Houseplants are beautiful, they share their life with us and we share ours with them (exchange of breath) 🙂

    Indeed I don’t truly know what to include in my house plant kit especially because I am not use to having a house plants and I really need to get use to them because of the numerous benefits they have to offer. This article to the rescue as you have shared the items I need to have in my houseplant kit.

    You covered quite a lot from container to protection for the plant. It’s really helpful.

    Compliment of the season.

    1. Hi MrBlizy

      This article is two fold to inform people what is required to look after houseplants and what products I recommend in doing so. I am glad you found it to be helpful.

      Kind regards

      Antonio

  7. hi this a great article and i love it. the drip feeders got my attention. considering that the plants themselves control when
    it gets fed. it will take nutrients from the drip feeder and When it is satisfied it simply will not use it. It is made up of the right amount of nutrients and this is why i must get it. 

    1. Hi Daren

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. In this post I have tried to comply a kit which every houseplant gardener needs to get the best from the plants. Drip feeders are part of the kit especially those who forget to feed the houseplants.

      Kind regards

      Antonio

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