Though easier to care for (and less destructive) than a pet, plants can require a surprising amount of work. Depending on the varietal, you need to decipher just how much sunshine, water and other nutrients they’ll need to stay healthy. Plant retailers will provide this information, but often use confounding jargon—and decoding it can prove daunting.
Fortunately, an array of new tools makes things easier. While some, like humidifiers, act as mere assistants, others, like self-watering planters, make caring for your Ficus as simple as looking at it. Here, five to consider.