Hopefully by now you have caught on to the succulent bug here at Succulent City and have decided to test out your green thumb with these magnificent plants. It could be their bright colors and awesome shapes that sucked you into the succulent world, or perhaps their little-to-no maintenance lifestyle that matches your personality. No seriously.
Whatever the case, there are a few ‘cutting edge’ gardening tools and pieces of equipment that you might want to stock up on to help you grow your new babies and keep your succulents happy.
Let’s see what tools we can use to make our lives easier for succulent plant care!
From the typical eyebrow tweezers you or your best friend uses to massive 18” curved tweezers, you will need a variety of sizes to help hold petite succulents and remove snails or other pests that might try to make a home in your succulent. Those little buggers!
Tweezers are also good for loosening root balls when potting and for tucking in the roots of small succulents when planting. The best part is that they’re very useful and safe for moving sharp leaves when pruning. We don’t want to get pricked do we?
Here’s a perfect variety-pack of tweezers that will surely be of use on your succulent journey.
There is no need to go wild searching for gardening tongs for your succulents. Kitchen tongs work just as well to hold cacti and other plants with sharp thorns and edges when planting. We don’t want to be getting pricked by our precious succulent and cacti babies do we now?
Tongs can also be used to remove dead leaves from inside dense rosette arrangements that might be blown in by the wind. Consider the size of your succulent and get the size that works for you the best!
When you try to tear or break away offsets, there is a high possibility that you might damage sensitive succulent tissue, and your new plant may never get a chance to grow. Pruning shears can also be used to trim off rotting pods of a cactus and dry succulent leaves with an easy snip!
Grab your own pruning shears here from Fiskars. They work really well on very robust and hard succulents too, they’re definitely sharp and durable so be careful with these! What’s that saying “handle with care”?
Long Handed Scissors
To get to those tightly packed areas of rosette succulents, a long handed scissors will allow you to delve deeper and clip off small cuttings without disturbing the mother plant or other plants around it. Sometimes it’s important to get in there without disturbing the surrounding plant in order to keep the most optimum growth for the whole plant.
These scissors here from U.P. Aqua are perfect for this. They’re long enough to get into the little cracks in your succulent maze but it’s also very durable and sharp so that you can be sure you finish the job in one snip!
Thorn Proof Leather Gardening Gloves
As pretty and harmless as succulents look, some can be devious, with sharp thorns and prickly hairs itching to grab you in a warm embrace. However, you don’t have to dress like a bee keeper to water your succulents. Thorn proof leather gardening gloves will protect your arms all the way up to your elbows from scratches and cuts of sharp thorns and leaf edges.
We use them all the time!
Here’s a pair of wrist- length gloves, that come in a variety of sizes. And a pair of elbow-length gloves, that also come a variety of sizes. Both are great for succulent and cacti gardening. Though we prefer the elbow length ones because we really hate getting pricked!
It may sound weird, but an innovative gardening tool to try are an artist’s brush or painter’s brush. They will come in handy when reaching into depths and tight crevices to clear off leaves and dirt that gets trapped in large and small succulent leaves, without causing the succulent any damage!
Pesky mealy bugs and aphids stand no chance with a brush and a little rubbing alcohol. This can be concentrated on the pest with a brush, reducing the bruising surface area of the plant. A simple oval tipped brush from your local arts and crafts centre will do the trick.
You could also invest in a 2” paint brush to sweep off excess soil and loose dirt after potting or replanting a succulent.
A hand trowel is useful and practical for scooping up potting mix and soil. When looking for a 2-in-1 tool, get a trowel with a serrated edge to help cut though webbed roots.
Here’s a great hand trowel with an ergonomic handle that will help with hand and wrist stress.
Long Spouted Watering Jug
Succulents are not big fans of having water on their leaves. Watering small succulents with a jug with no spout is a sure way of drowning your succulent. Long spouted jugs will direct the water right to the soil where your succulent needs it, leaving the leaves dry and free from early onset root rot!
Here’s a great watering jug that comes with an interchangeable shower head, talk about customizability!
Mini Spade, Rake and Scoop
A 3 piece set of a scoop, rake and spade are ideal for breaking up hardened dirt clods, digging, aerating, weeding and transplanting. If possible, get one that is ergonomically designed to reduce arm and hand fatigue.
Two-Sided Lifting Stick
When transplanting delicate, tiny succulents, a two-sided lifting fork will help you hold the succulent in place with one side while the other side can be used to top up the little amount of potting mix you may need.
A funnel is a useful gardening tool for slipping soil into tight, hard to reach spots when re-potting tightly packed arrangements.
Plastic Bins with Lids
When creating your own potting mix, it is useful to have plastic bins of different sizes to allow you space to maneuver around the soil and mix it without spilling and wastage. Having bins with lids will also keep the potting mix fresh and free from bugs or rain water.
We found this 4-pack from Ziploc that comes with two sizes!
Soil Moisture Monitor
We have spoken about watering succulents only when the soil is completely dry and it is possible to check the soil with your fingers to see whether or not your plant needs water. But sometimes, depending on your succulent, your finger may not be able to reach down to the bottom of the pot where moisture tends to hide. A soil moisture monitor is a trusty gardening tool that will solve all your guessing games, telling you exactly when to water your succulent. You can even get some with alarms for those of us who tend to get a little forgetful.
Give this soil moisture meter a try.
Grow lights during the winter can greatly help your succulents, especially if you live in areas where the temperature gets to freezing points. They are good for supplementing light on overcast days when moments of sunlight are sparse, boosting propagation efforts and encouraging blooms.
Here’s Amazon’s choice of grow lights. We also have an article of the best grow lights reviewed by other succulent lovers. Take a look and find the perfect one for you!
Protective Gardening Goggles
Yes, they may be big, bulky and nerdy looking, but trust us, these goggles are a gardening tool that are totally worth the slight nerdy-ness. Foreign bodies such as soil, insects and spider webs can easily get into your eyes and cause a nasty irritation. Pollen from plants can literally get on your nerves which can lead to nerve damage. There are some poisonous euphorbias that shoot venomous sprays into the air, and when these sprays get into contact with the eye, it can lead to catastrophic results. Working directly under the sun’s rays can lead to eye disease, and in severe cases, permanent loss of eyesight.
Here are the most comfortable pair we could find! They’re large enough for you to wear your prescription glasses with.
Commonly used in buildings, mesh tape can be useful for keeping your potting soil together, especially in large pots with big draining holes. By lining two square pieces of mesh tape at the bottom of the pot, the soil stays put and will not drain away when watering.
During the winter, succulents do not need as much water as the summer. A mist sprayer is sufficient for spot watering small succulents during their dormant season.
There you have it, a list of small tools and equipment that you will need to maintain your succulents. If you are just starting out on your succulent journey, you can find out more about low maintenance succulents here. For the green thumbs, we say kudos to you. Drop us a line and let us know which succulents make your heart melt with glee.
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Continue your never-ending succulent knowledge with some additional articles from Succulent City! Check out How to Repot a Cactus Plant, How to Make Your Own Succulent Soil at Home, or Why is My Succulent Rotting.
Happy planting! ?