February 14, 2021

Plant products that make your life easier

These are some tried and true products that I use to make having houseplants in a small apartment easier.

Plant products that make your life easier

These are some tried and true products that I use to make having houseplants in a small apartment easier.

Repotting and organization:

Tabletop tarp

When you have a lot of plants, repotting and checking the roots of plants becomes a pretty common phenomenon. I used to get moss, soil, LECA, you name it everywhere after I did some repotting. My boyfriend was not too happy, as he often stepped on a piece of LECA, which is akin to stepping on lego - not fun.

In an attempt to stop making such a huge mess when I was doing my plant stuff, I got a tabletop tarp. This has been a gamechanger, it folds out and fits perfectly on a table, makes clean-up so much easier.

Tabletop tarp from Amazon

Plant supply cart

With such a large plant collection, I have accumulated a lot of plant products, terra-cotta pots, nursery pots, tools, etc. It got to the point where I could no longer house all the materials in a plastic bin, thus, I opted to get a handy metal cart to organize all my plant stuff.

I got the Raskog cart from Ikea for $39.99, but if you aren't able to easily get to an Ikea, there are some similar, but slightly more expensive ones available on Amazon.

Ikea Raskog cart

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Plant care:

New Zealand Sphagnum moss

I always use sphagnum moss for acclimating new arrival plants, rooting cuttings, and rehabbing challenging plants.

I discuss how I acclimate imported plants in this post.

New Zealand sphagnum moss 

Keiki Cloning Paste

To activate nodes, I like to use Keiki Cloning Paste, which contains a plant hormone called cytokinin that influences numerous aspects of plant growth including cell division and chloroplast differentiation.

Keiki Cloning Paste was originally developed for orchids. 'Keiki' means baby in Hawaiian and refers to a baby of an orchid i.e. a new plant with its own leaves and roots, an identical clone of the mother plant. I have had success waking up nodes by applying this paste. However, in my experience, it will only wake up on node on a single plant. I have applied it to multiple nodes on a philodendron wet stick and only one developed.

Keiki Cloning Paste

Plant Velcro

I use this to attach plants to moss poles, wood shims, support trellises, or bamboo poles. During the summer months, I have found this at Dollarama.

Plant Velcro

Wood Shims

With smaller climbing plants or those needed support, I like to use wood shims. In high humidity areas, the plants will attach to the wood. You can find them on Amazon or any hardware store for relatively cheap.

Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy mounted on a wood shim with plant velcro

Self-Watering Planters

When I first started collecting plants, I put everything in terracotta. Now that I am further along in my journey, I am less drawn to terracotta pots and now prefer keeping plants in their nursery pot and in a cache pot (planter) or using self-watering planters.

I really like the T4U self-watering planters as they come in a 6 pack in a variety of colours, though I always choose white or black, and a variety of sizes (4.5 inch, 5.5 inch, 6.5 inch).

T4U self-watering planters

Affordable planters

As I mentioned above, I now prefer keeping plants in nursery pots and then using a cache pot (or planter). Unfortunately, buying planters can really add up and some of the very beautiful ones are extremely expensive, so I have tried to find affordable ones in white and black. I'll list some of my favourite ones.

T4U Plastic Plant Pots

These plant pots come in 8 or 10-packs in white and dark grey in a variety of widths (2.5 inch, 3.5 inch, 4.25 inch, 4.75 inch, 5 inch, 6 inch) and heights (tall, short). They also come with a plastic tray.

T4U 6-inch plastic plant pots (tall)
T4U 4.25 inch plastic plant pots (short)

Ikea Planters

Ikea is another great place to buy a range of planters at reasonable prices. I am a fan of these ones:

  • Forenlig ($1.49-$9.99) : comes in 9cm, 12 cm, 24 cm; white only  
  • Papaja ($2.99-$3.49): comes in 10.5 cm, 12 cm; white only
  • Muskot ($1.99-$25.99) : comes in 10.5 cm to 32 cm; white only
Ikea Forenlig planters


This can be added as a supplement to watering routines or used as a refreshing soaker with newly imported plants, which is what I do.

Check out my post on how I acclimate plants here.


Safer's End-All Miticide

I always keep a bottle on hand for any pest control.

Click here for my blog post on how I deal with thrips.

Safer's End-All Miticide

Greenhouse Set-ups:

As you may know, I love growing my plants in Ikea Greenhouses and may enjoy collecting those as much as plants. For more details on how I set those up, check out my blog posts for Milsbo (tall), Milsbo (wide), Fabrikor (tall), and Fabrikor (wide).

However, there are also many plants that I keep outside of the cabinets as there is only a finite amount of space. Thus, I use these products for monitoring and keeping humidity up.

My Milsbo (wide) greenhouse cabinet. 

Levoit Humidifier

I had been holding off on buying the Levoit Humidifier for a while now as it is on the higher end at $99.00. I finally took the plunge during the Black Friday sales and purchased on for $84.99 and am very happy that I did!

Levoit Humidifier 


  • Has a humidity monitor
  • Can be programmed to turn on or off at a certain humidity level
  • Large 6L tank lasts a while
  • Can choose which direction the mist will blow


  • Relatively expensive, I would try to find it when it's on sale
  • Bottom-fill tank - which gets quite heavy
  • American company so customer service is spotty in Canada, though I have had no need to contact them.

Govee hygrometers

Prior to investing in the Govee hygrometer, I used these cheap mini hygrometers. They did work for a while, but once I introduced them into a high humidity space, like my Ikea greenhouse cabinets, they started to corrode and died. I only have one left because I used it in my living room outside of a greenhouse.

Cheap mini hygrometers

From then on, I looked for other smart options and found the Govee hygrometer to be relatively affordable at $19.99. In Canada, unfortunately, only the bluetooth version is available, thus you can only monitor your humidity and temperatures nearby. In the states, the wifi version is available at affordable prices.

Govee hygrometer


  • Relatively affordable at $19.99 - Amazon has coupons every now and then.
  • Comes with smart phone app that allows for easy monitoring
  • Easy to connect to your phone
  • Battery operated


  • Only Bluetooth version is available/affordable in Canada
  • Cannot monitor humidity or temperatures when not at home
Govee smartphone app

Gosund Smart Plug

These smart plugs have been an absolute gamechanger. Say good bye to turning on every single growlight in the morning, and turning off every single growlight in the evening.

Gosund smart plugs

You can plug a regular power cord into the smart plug and all your items will turn on/off at the same time.


  • Wifi connectivity - you can control them from a far (unlike Bluetooth connectivity)
  • Comes with smart phone app for easy control
  • Can plug a power bar into it and it will still control everything
  • Affordable - $36.99 for a 4 pack


I have tried and use a variety of different growlights in my cabinets and on my plant shelves.

YGrow LED Growlight Panel

I use this growlight in my Milsbo (wide). It has done wonders to sunstress my hoyas, but it's quite powerful so some of my aroids got burnt. It's also pretty affordable at $40.99 (at time of publication).

YGrow LED growlight panel

Sunblaster T5Ho

The Sunblaster T5HOs were the first growlight I ever purchased. I still use them now and my plants have been very happy. I purchased the 48 inch version and have them mounted behind my Vittsjo plant shelf and Fabrikor (tall).

4ft Kihung LED Growlight strip

At the time of purchasing, the 8-pack of LED growlights was a lot cheaper than it is now, which was why I choose this brand. I was able to purchase it for $89.99 and now it $169.99.

I use these lights for my Milsbo (tall) and my Vittsjo, on my hoya shelf. The lights have been great, plant growth has been quite strong even throughout the winter months.

4ft Kihung LED Growlights