Plant parents, pay attention!

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated May 23, 2018
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Air plants are notoriously easy to care for, but if you forget about them completely, they're also incredibly easy to kill. Order this spray that delivers the nutrients they'll need to survive in just two spritzes a month. To buy: $15, uncommongoods.com
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Being a plant parent is a stressful job—we get it. Are you watering that fern too much? Are you watering that cacti too little? Does your fiddle leaf fig get enough sunlight? As hard as you try to strike the right balance for each plant, the struggle to keep them alive is never-ending. Whether you're looking to make your job a little easier or want to reverse the trend of killing houseplant after houseplant, these 5 tools and gadgets will help keep every succulent, snake plant, and air plant alive.

Urban Outfitters

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An Adorable Self-Watering Planter

If you're a forgetful plant parent who has trouble remembering to water your houseplants (tsk, tsk), this adorable self-watering planter is the solution. The felt tongue "licks" up water from the bowl whenever the soil is dry, so all you have to do is check that there's water in the dish. 

To buy: $14, urbanoutfitters.com

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A Soil Moisture Sensor

To check whether your plant needs water, you're supposed to stick your finger a few inches into the soil—but who really wants to do that every week? Instead, invest in a soil moisture sensor that does the detecting for you. Bonus: it also reads the pH of the soil. 

To buy: $11, amazon.com

Uncommon Goods

3
Nourishing Air Plant Spray

Air plants are notoriously easy to care for, but if you forget about them completely, they're also incredibly easy to kill. Order this spray that delivers the nutrients they'll need to survive in just two spritzes a month. 

To buy: $15, uncommongoods.com

Uncommon Goods

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Watering Globe and Plant Nanny Stake

This watering globe is called a "plant nanny" for good reason: when you're on vacation, it will water your plant whenever the soil gets dry. 

To buy: $20, uncommongoods.com

Urban Outfitters

5
Glass Plant Mister

Certain plants, such as ferns and moss, thrive in a damp environment. To replicate those conditions (even if the air in your home is dry), get a mister and spritz them daily. Your plants will think they're on a tropical vacation—and you'll win the best plant parent award. 

To buy: $14, urbanoutfitters.com