5 House Plant Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed (Until Now)

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* Your house plants require light, water and food to thrive
* These 5 essentials ensure your plants have the right environment
* List includes plant food, LED lamps and insect traps

House plants are an easy way to give your home an injection of green. Not only do they make your house more appealing visually, the carbon-dioxide-absorbing organisms create cleaner air for you and your visitors to enjoy. To keep them looking their best and growing as healthily as they can, it’s important to ensure your house plants have the best environment to do so. In general, this means they should have light, water, food and a growing environment free from pests that might eat or kill them.

We’ve put together a list of essential products to keep around your home, so you can ensure your green friends are getting everything they need. This includes everything from LED lamps for a constant light supply and eco-friendly traps for keeping pests at bay to a variety of slow-release plant food.

1. Miracle-Gro Indoor Plant Food

Like you, your plants will be healthier and happier if you keep them well fed. These Miracle-Gro Indoor Food Spikes make that job super easy. Simply use the included aerator to punch a hole in the soil and place one of the slow-release, nutrient-filled spikes inside. The number and how often you need to change the spikes will depend on the time of year.

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2. Safer Brand Houseplant Sticky Stakes

The last thing you want after spending so much time caring for your indoor plants is to come home and find them destroyed by pests. The Safer Brand Houseplant Sticky Stakes are made to prevent this from happening. The stakes work by attracting insects to their sticky surface. Whether it’s whiteflies, fungus gnats, blackflies, midges or any other plant-eating insects, these fully disposable stakes will prevent them from consuming your plants.

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3. HaferTech Yellow Sticky Traps

These HaferTech Yellow Sticky Traps offer another way to keep pests from reaching your prized plants. The 8×6-inch traps are made from an eco-friendly, non-toxic material that’s also waterproof. They’re great for capturing all kinds of unwelcome guests, including thrips, whiteflies, black flies, mosquitoes and more. For the best protection, hang or place several traps throughout your array of plants using the included twist ties.

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4. Schultz All Purpose Plant Food

If you’re one of those people who believes plant food doesn’t really make a difference, it’s worth checking out the reviews of this Schultz product. On Amazon and Walmart, this plant food has excellent reviews. The liquid can be used on both indoor and outdoor plants and promotes new growth. For every 7 drops of the formula diluted in water, you get a whole quart of plant food.

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5. Relassy LED Grow Light

By providing your plants with full spectrum, uniform color, you can be assured they are getting the light they need to thrive. The Relassy LED Grow Light sports 88 LEDs in a dual-head arrangement to deliver just that. It also sports a handy clamp, rotating bulbs and a flexible gooseneck to ensure the light is hitting the exact spot you need it to. This particular light can be used indoors, in a greenhouse for hydroponics or even as a desk lamp if needed.

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