The last few months of winter can cast a dreary shadow and damp chill over an average day. Brighten up your life from the inside out by filling your Ottawa Apartment with a little bit of life. If you’ve had trouble keeping plants alive in the past, don’t be discouraged! Follow these tips to keep plants growing big and strong:

Time is of the Essence

The most important thing to consider when considering purchasing plants for your apartment is the time that you are willing and able to invest in caring for them. A plant is not a piece of furniture but rather a living, growing organism that needs adequate and consistent attention. In order to attend to their basic needs, you will need to set aside time regularly. Certain plants require more care than others and based off of how much time you have, it may be necessary to select one that requires minimal care. In order to boost your confidence as a new plant owner, choose plants such as Cacti and Succulents that are less demanding.

Choose Wisely

In places where natural light and space is limited, it is important to select a plant that is well equipped to handle these conditions. Sturdy plants are easier to come by then you might think, but it’s important to do adequate research to ensure that you select the best one you’re your apartment. Depending on the amount of space that you are working with and access to sunlight, it may also be important to select plants that take up minimal floor space and thrive off of limited sun exposure. Some examples of plants that fit these characteristics and may be ideal for your Ottawa Apartment include Snake Plants, Succulents, Aloe Vera, Air Plants, Cacti, Spider Plants, and Ficus Trees.

Location, Location, Location

As much as we want a plant to look great in our space, if we want them to thrive in an indoor environment, prioritizing their needs is necessary. It is important to look at your space as a whole, considering how the temperature, light, and humidity within the space changes throughout the day (and from season to season). Different plants prefer different environments, so place them strategically throughout your apartment – according to what suits them best. Many houseplants such as Air Plants and Ferns respond well to humidity. As such, a surprisingly ideal location for them and various others in the bathroom. Consider investing in a humidifier for rooms that you intend to fill with plants. Alternatively, keep plants away from A/C and heating units. Don’t forget to do ample research regarding the sunlight required by each plant – some may thrive in a window sill or near direct sunlight, while others prefer to be kept primarily in the shade.

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