Here’s how to take care of your sick plant

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Accidentally over-watered your plant? Don’t know what to do about yellow leaves? Welcome to the second day of In The Know’s Plant Week, where Christopher Griffin will go over everything you need to know about reviving your plants.

“It wouldn’t be a plant parent journey if it wasn’t for those plant parent struggles,” Griffin said. “We have some amazing tools that’s going to help your plant fam stay thriving.”

Here are seven tools Griffin recommended worried plant parents should get:

1. Shears

Using a potted pothos plant, Griffin demonstrated how he occasionally will peruse around the plant to find leaves to snip off with shears.

“Leaves that are struggling — either yellowing or browning — are also just more prone to pests,” he explained.

2. Self-watering pot

“Basically, you’re pouring water into the little indention,” Griffin said. “You’re letting the plant decide how much water she needs.”

A self-watering pot is a safe and easy way to make sure you’re not overwatering or under-watering your plant — perfect for those with busy schedules or who are forgetful.

3. Lava rocks

Speaking of over-watering, lava rocks are a great addition to your plants that live in planters or pots that do not have a drainage hole.

“Lava rocks are basically just something that you’ll put at the bottom of the pot to make sure that you’re raising the roots in the soil above any extra water that may reside at the bottom of that pot,” he said.

4. Plant cloth

“Plants are not furniture, they’re living, breathing creatures,” Griffin said. “So we want to make sure they’re not collecting any dust.”

Use the cloth to gently wipe any leaves that are covered in dust.

5. Humidifier

“You want to make sure you invest in a good humidifier so that you’re mimicking the natural habitat of your green girls, so that they can grow, they can thrive,” Griffin added.

6. Neem oil

Neem oil is a natural pesticide, but if you’re buying a highly concentrated oil Griffin recommends diluting it a bit with warm water and liquid soap.

7. Greenhouse cover

If you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space, a greenhouse cover is a great option to protect your plants from outdoor elements.

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