The Right Tools Will Make Plant Maintenance Easier
A long-spouted water can, good pruning shears, sharp knives, a small trowel, clean cloths, soft sponges, a soft ostrich feather duster or soft hair or paint brushes, are all tools needed by the indoor gardener.
Tools For Plant Maintenance
Most garden centers stock inexpensive light meters. They read light levels in the areas where plants will be placed and indicate whether the light is low, moderate, or high. The readings are not scientifically exact, but they are accurate enough to enable you to choose a suitable plant.
Moisture meters are similarly helpful. They don't actually measure moisture; instead, they measure the presence of electrolytes or fertilizer salts in the soil. Since water carries the electrolytes, a high reading ordinarily indicates the presence of moisture. After a while, however, as salts build up in the soil, the meter will not give you accurate readings.
Misters are used to increase humidity around the plant. More important, misting washes grime from the leaves and helps to control pests as well as make plants look healthy and cared for.
You may find you need several sizes of pots, bags of potting soil, plastic flats for rooting cuttings, and powered rooting hormone. A spray bottle for applying pesticide is also a handy piece of equipment. Make sure such spray bottles are well labeled, and don't store them until they have been emptied and washed out.