• Urban jungle: Low-maintenance plants everyone needs in their life

    May 04, 2020

    If you're hoping to cultivate an urban jungle style apartment, we're here to help you bring that dream to fruition. Here are our favourite low-maintenance plants that we feel everyone needs in their life. We hope you love them as much as we do!

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    Aloe Vera

    Aloe vera is a wonderfully low maintenance houseplant. It requires infrequent watering. It loves to get some sunlight though so put it in a bright room. It's perfect for those without green thumbs. It is great to have around for its healing properties. Crack open a blade of it to extract some of its inner gel to heal cuts and scrapes fast. You can even eat the gel!

    Money Plant

    We love this easy breezy house plant. It looks fancy but is secretly pretty basic. Its trunk roots intertwine in a beautiful way and it can grow quite big if grown outside and put out lots of droopy but pretty leaves. It's also good luck! Place it in bright, indirect light. 

    Mint

    We love this herb as a houseplant. It grows fast, is pretty hard to kill and smells wonderful. If you enjoy Mediterranean recipes, it's a real staple ingredient as well. You can even steep the leaves to make a digestion-enhancing tea! Keep it somewhere bright and water it regularly. 

    Snake Plant

    These tall and spiky plants look like they've from California or Mexico but can actually thrive indoors in cold climates like we have here in Canada. They're incredibly low maintenance, requiring minimal light and water. They can even withstand bugs! They can be planted in large and smallish pots, too. Best of all, they'll help purify the air in your home.

    We hope these low-maintenance plants make their way into your urban jungle apartment!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • 5 beautiful houseplants that will survive winter in Canada

    Nov 27, 2018

    Plants can bring some much-needed life and colour into our living spaces. But finding houseplants hearty enough to handle dark and dreary Canadian winters can be tricky. Timbercreek Communities wants to share 5 beautiful houseplants that will survive winter in Canada.

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    ZZ Plant

    The ZZ Plant  (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) thrives in neglectful circumstances. These plants do better when you leave them alone. They can survive for months without water. Pretty much the only way you can kill your ZZ plant is to over-water it. Let the soil dry out completely before watering. These plants will also thrive in windowless rooms with only a little fluorescent light. If you notice the plant yellowing, it’s getting too much light. Move it to a dimmer location, or diffuse the light with curtains or blinds.

    Chinese Evergreen

    Caring for a Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) is simple. These plants thrive in low light or indirect sunlight. Room temperature, between 21-22 C, is ideal, but these plants are famous for thriving in less than ideal conditions. Just remember not to over-water them and keep them away from drafts which can cause browning of the leaves. They are also very good air cleaning plants.

    Clivia

    The Clivia can survive well in chilly rooms with low light. They do best with bright, but indirect light. The soil should ideally be kept a little moist, allow it to dry slightly between waterings and fertilize them about once a month. They will reward your care with bright, fragrant blooms.

    Jade

    Don’t water your Jade plant too often, but don’t let the soil dry out either. When the top of the soil is dry to the touch, it’s time for some water (once every 2 or three weeks). If it starts to lose leaves, it’s not getting enough water.

    Christmas Cactus

    Bring a little colour to a cold, dark winter with a Christmas Cactus. This festive-looking plant provides pretty pink and red blooms and is extremely low maintenance. Place them in bright, but indirect light. Use a container and soil with good drainage. Don’t give it too much or too little water. Let the top of the soil dry out a little between waterings, then water thoroughly. Mist the leaves between waterings.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you develop a green thumb and add life and beauty to your space.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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