If you’re looking for indoor gardening tools you probably already know that you don’t have to wait until spring to start growing. With the right tools, you can grow a successful garden indoors any time of the year.
High-quality tools make gardening easier and more enjoyable both indoors and outdoors. Here I’ve put together a list of the best tools for indoor gardening to help get you started growing.
I’ve compared tools in multiple price ranges so you can find something that fits both your gardening needs and your budget. These tools are sure to help you get on your way to a successful indoor garden!
What Tools Do I Need to Garden Indoors?
Having the right tools makes gardening indoors simpler and more convenient. Depending on what you’re growing, you might need a few different things.
A light source, a heat source, containers to hold your plants, and something to water with are all basic indoor gardening tools.
There are additional things that can help as well, like gloves, trowels, plant labels, and more. Here are some of my favorite tools for indoor gardening – click on the link to jump to that section of the article:
- Grow Lights
- Kitchen Garden Kit
- Heating Mat
- Humidity Dome Kits
- Seed Trays
- Seed Starting Mix and Potting Mix
- Watering Tools
- Garden Labels
1. Grow Lights
For light-loving plants, grow lights are a must-have indoor gardening tool. For many indoor gardeners, a sunny window isn’t enough to give your plants all the light that they need. Grow lights bridge the gap providing essential light for your plants.
Hoss Hanging Grow Light Kit
This Hanging Grow Light Kit from Hoss has two long bulbs that attach to the hanging kit. You can spread the bulbs out or keep them close together. A pulley system lets you easily adjust the height of the light over the plants as they grow. I have these myself and they are the best grow lights I’ve used.
- Super high-quality
- Long-lasting bulbs
- Easy to raise and lower lights
Mars Hydro Grow Light
If you’re looking for a more affordable option, this Mars Hydro Grow Light is a good choice. The light is a square shape so it provides great coverage over your plants. The quality isn’t as high as the Hoss grow light, but it still gets the job done.
- Easy to set up
- The light can get quite hot
2. Kitchen Garden Kit
If you live in an apartment or condo — or you just don’t enjoy gardening outdoors — an indoor garden kit is right up your alley!
Hoss Indoor Seed Starting Light Kit
This Indoor Seed Starting Light Kit is one of my favorite indoor gardening tools. I have one of these in the corner of my kitchen and it’s perfect for holding herbs. It’s super easy to use and makes watering a breeze. It has a built-in bottom watering system with a reservoir. Just add water to the reservoir every few days and plants pull the water up to the roots.
- Includes an adjustable light
- Plenty of room for small plants like herbs
- Makes watering easy
GardenCube Hydroponic Growing System
Hydroponic systems are fantastic tools for indoor gardening. This GardenCube Hydroponic Growing System comes with everything you need to grow food and other plants indoors, year-round. The only other thing you’ll need is seeds.
It has an automatic light for your plants so you don’t have to switch it off and on every day. It even includes supports for plants that need it.
- Automatic light
- Easy to Set up and use
- It’s small, so it doesn’t hold a lot
3. Heating Mat
Heating mats are ideal indoor gardening tools for keeping plants warm. They’re especially helpful when it comes to germinating seeds.
Hoss Large Heating Pad
This Large Heating Pad has plenty of space for multiple seed trays or potted plants. It’s perfect for setting several pots on at once.
- Consistent temperature
- Large size holds a lot of plants
- It’s hard to unroll the first time you use it
Seed Factor Heat Mat
This two-pack of Seed Factor Heat Mats is a great size for seed trays. The cord and mat are both waterproof so you don’t have to worry about drips when you’re watering your plants.
- Comes with two mats
- Great price
- Long cord makes it easy to plug in
- The temperature can be inconsistent
4. Humidity Dome Kits
humidity domes are good for keeping plants moist and warm. They maintain ideal conditions for germination and help you water less by keeping things moist.
Keep in mind that plants need good air circulation so be sure to take off the dome for at least a few hours every day.
Hoss Deluxe Seed Starting Kit
This Deluxe Seed Starting Kit comes with an amazing humidity dome. The plastic is thick and durable so it won’t bend or crack easily. It has two vents on top to allow for airflow. It also comes with everything else you need to start plants indoors like seed trays, seed starting mix, and garden labels.
- Adjustable vents for airflow
- Comes with everything you need to start seeds
AC Infinity Humidity Dome
This Humidity Dome from AC Infinity comes with a height extender that’s perfect for covering taller plants. It has a lot of cool features like side vents, a specially designed drip tray, and slots to add lights.
- Good for covering tall plants
- Has space to add grow lights directly on the lid
- Comes with seed trays
- Drip tray keeps excess water away from plants
- Smaller dimensions than similar kits
5. Seed Trays
Seed trays are a must-have indoor gardening tool if you’re planning on starting plants from seed. High-quality trays can be used over and over again and last for years.
Burpee SuperSeed Trays
These Burpee reusable seed trays come in several sizes so you can get exactly what you need. The silicone bottoms make it easy to remove seedlings when it’s time to repot them and it comes with a humidity dome as well.
- Easy to remove seedlings
- The humidity dome is short so you can’t use it for very long after plants sprout
Hoss Seed Starting Tray
These 12 Cell Seed Starting Trays are some of my favorites to use for starting seeds indoors. They come with drip trays and a humidity dome. The cells are a great size and the trays are durable and sturdy.
- Good size
- Durable construction
- Comes with a humidity dome
- These particular trays only come in the 12 cell option
6. Seed Starting Mix and Potting Mix
Seed starting mix and potting mix are two different products used for two different purposes. Seed starting mix is ideal for starting plants from seed and potting mix is the best growing medium for potted plants. Both are useful tools for indoor gardeners and should have a place in your indoor gardening setup.
Sungro Black Gold
Sungro Black Gold is my favorite seed starting mix I’ve ever used. The texture is fine and light and it has the perfect amount of nutrients for young plants. With this mix, seeds sprout quickly and easily and develop strong, healthy roots.
- Fine texture
- Holds moisture well
- Seedlings grow quickly
Miraco Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil
This Moisture control potting soil is great for potted plants. It works really well to maintain the proper moisture levels in your potted plants. It also has balanced fertilizer to feed plants as they grow.
- Holds moisture well
- Fertilizer helps plants grow
- If you prefer organic, this product isn’t for you
Gardening gloves are one of the most practical indoor gardening tools. When handling soil and other growing mediums, it’s always a good idea to wear gloves.
Hoss Garden Gloves
These garden gloves from Hoss come in four different sizes for a customized fit. They’re durable and flexible at the same time, allowing you to do all sorts of garden chores. They come in two color options, green or red.
- Comes in multiple sizes
- Machine Washable
A hand shovel is one of the simplest tools for indoor gardeners but it’s very useful! Shovels are perfect for scooping soil, repotting plants, and doing all kinds of chores outside.
Hoss Hand Shovel
This Hand Shovel from Hoss is incredibly durable. The high-quality construction is built to last. It works well for many different gardening jobs without wearing out. The price is high but the quality makes it worth it. You won’t have to replace this shovel every 2-3 years, it will last a lifetime.
- Comfortable to Hold
- Works well for a variety of tasks
- More expensive than other options
9. Watering Tools for Indoor Gardening
There are two different types of products I recommend for watering plants indoors.
Spray bottles are the perfect indoor gardening tool for watering freshly planted seeds and very small plants. The fine spray allows you to add water gently without disturbing the soil or displacing seeds.
Watering cans are good for larger plants.
Hoss Spray Bottle
This spray bottle from Hoss is small and light making it easy to use, The nozzle adjusts giving you the option of a mist or a stream.
- Made from recycled materials
- Adjustable stream
- Doesn’t hold very much water
AORAKI Watering Can
This Seedling Watering Can and Spray Bottle set comes with both tools to meet all of your indoor watering needs. The long spout works great for watering indoor plants of all different sizes.
- Comes with both a watering can and a spray bottle
- The long, thin spout makes watering easy
- The spray bottle doesn’t have adjustable settings
10. Garden Labels
If you’re starting plants from seed, gardening labels are a very useful indoor gardening tool!
Kinglake Plastic Garden Labels
Kinglake Plastic Plant Labels are the perfect size for small indoor plants. The packs come in a variety of colors so you can pick your favorite.
- Good size for small plants
- Comes in several colors
- They’re thin and bend easily
- Colors fade in the sun
Hoss Garden Labels
These Hoss Garden Labels are perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. The large size makes them easy to write on and read. The set comes with a special outdoor marker that won’t fade in the sun or rain.
- Easy to Write On
- Easy to Read
- Comes with a Marker
- Too big for plants in small containers
Time to Get Some Indoor Gardening Tools
With these indoor gardening tools, your plants are going to be in great shape. Which ones are you looking forward to trying?
For more indoor gardening tips and tricks check out the Seed Starting page on the website. There you’ll find how-to guides, planting instructions, more product recommendations, and all kinds of tips and tricks to help you on your indoor gardening journey.
Shopping for your garden can get overwhelming, fast. So if you’re looking for advice on garden tools and garden supplies, then you’re in the right place! And if you’re looking for a unique gift for a loved one, how about a gardening gift?
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Sadie Teh has experience writing on a wide range of topics including gardening, outdoor life, crafts, travel, and more. She currently lives on 5 acres near Nashville, Tennessee, where she enjoys growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers (there’s always room for one more plant!)
Sadie’s writing is driven by a genuine desire to help people grow beautiful, thriving gardens while sharing the joy and satisfaction that gardening brings. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in education, Sadie’s background not only adds depth to her writing but also allows her to effectively communicate with a wide range of readers.
Sadie’s favorite things to grow are flowers (especially sunflowers) and tomatoes. When she’s not writing or working in the garden, you can find Sadie substitute teaching at her kids’ school, curled up with a good book, or poring over seed catalogs.
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