Essential Plant Tools for Beginners

If you’re hoping to have a green thumb and fill your home with healthy houseplants, it’s important to know that it will take some time, effort, and patience on your part. However, this article can assure you that it will be worth it in the end. Here’s a compiled list of plant tools that are essential for anyone just starting out with indoor gardening. 

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The past year has been a trying one for many individuals, and perhaps it was the lockdowns that jolted people awake. More and more families have come to appreciate houseplants for the life and color they bring in houses.

Others value the mental benefits and the potential better air quality that indoor plants provide. If you’re thinking about adding some plants to your home, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Whether you’re looking for something low-maintenance or want to create a veritable indoor jungle, there’s a plant out there that’s perfect for you. As a beginner gardener, it’s easy to get carried away when purchasing products.

At the time, many may have thought that they needed all of these advanced tools. Considering where to buy them, their prices, and their functions was overwhelming. When shopping for tools, it is important to consider your storage space and budget. Start with the basics to prevent overcrowding your shed.

While advanced tools may look cool, getting and maintaining quality tools within your budget is more practical in the long run.


Gardening is a great activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, but one of the downfalls is that it’s easy to get your hands hurt by thorns, splinters, and sharp stones. To prevent any injuries while you’re gardening, it is recommended to wear a pair of gloves.

But not just any gloves – the type of gloves made specifically for gardening are usually more durable but not too thick, so you’ll still be able to have a good grip on seeds and delicate seedlings.

Look for gloves that fit snugly on your hands without being too tight and causing blisters or too loose and slipping off. Good gardening gloves are made of water-resistant fabric.

Unlike regular gloves that just cover the wrist, get ones with long cuffs that will keep dirt out and also protect your wrists and forearms from cuts and scratches. They’ll also help you get a good grip on large bags of fertilizer, gardening tools, and prickly fruits and vegetables.

Watering Can

Even though a bucket can help hydrate your plants, a watering can do it much better. Watering cans come in a variety of beautiful styles, colors, and nozzle choices. As you shop, you’ll notice that there are different types of watering cans available.

When deciding what type of watering to buy, you should consider what material it is made out of (metal, ceramic, plastic), how much water it can hold, and whether or not the handle is comfortable and easy to grip.

Metal cans are much heavier than plastic ones, but they will last longer. If you choose a metal can, make sure it is galvanized to prevent rusting. The size of the watering can should be appropriate for the amount of water you need to carry.

A standard watering can hold between 0.5 and 10 liters. The handle should be easy to grip so that you can carry a full can without any difficulty, and it should also allow you to tilt the can so that you can water your plants easily.

Hand Trowel

You might not be able to get all of the big tools right away, but at the very least, make sure to have a hand trowel. You’ll need it for turning over the soil in your plant containers. Gardeners often use hand trowels in pots, planters, garden beds, and even window boxes.

If you’re looking for a trowel that can help you with your gardening, you should know that there are a few things to consider before making your purchase. First, think about the blade.

A broad blade will be able to rearrange more soil, while a trowel with a narrow blade will be better for digging up weeds. Additionally, consider the material of the trowel. Trowels made from stainless steel are quite durable, and those with a wooden handle tend to have a better grip than those with plastic or metal handles.

Finally, before buying a trowel, get a feel of how heavy or light it is. A trowel that feels comfortable when you hold it will make it easier for you to make smooth movements.

Garden Shears

If you’re looking to add some hedges, trees, shrubs, or even just tidy up the edges of your flower beds, then you’re going to need a good pair of garden shears. Garden shears are basically a pair of scissors that have been designed specifically for cutting plants.

Now, it might be tempting to go for the cheaper option but it’s usually worth it to spend a little bit more and get a decent pair of shears. The cheaper shears tend to have really thin blades which can get easily damaged if you try to use them on thicker branches and stems.

Key Takeaway

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed by all of the details and care that goes into keeping your plant healthy. But once you get into a good plant care routine and with the right plant tools, you’ll find that it’s not difficult at all.