The Right Tools Will Make Plant Maintenance Easier

TracyAnn By TracyAnn, 10th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/i0d_lng./
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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.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Jul 2011 (#)

The right weather will help plants too. Where I am is been mostly rain. I look forward to the sun coming out soon!

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author avatar Denise O
12th Jul 2011 (#)

Good tips on what you will need to grow some crops. Mark can have our sun, we need rain. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Maria Malone
13th Jul 2011 (#)

Great tips TracyAnn to keep the garden looking its best! Thanks.

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author avatar Songbird B
13th Jul 2011 (#)

Good advice TracyAnn, on giving the best environment to your houseplants.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Jul 2011 (#)

Very useful tips, TracyAnn. Thank you.

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author avatar Retired
21st Jul 2011 (#)

Useful tips...especially for someone like me who can't seem to keep plants alive....

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author avatar vpaulose
7th Dec 2012 (#)

Nice. Thank you dear.

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