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Discover our selection of Tropical Houseplants, Orchids, Bonsai, Cacti, Succulents, and more!

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Take a Deep Breath of Fresh Air, Then Take it Home With You!

Well, the days are getting shorter and cooler, and that means a lot of us are going to start spending more time indoors. Which is fine, but why not bring in a bit of the outdoors with us? There’s been a lot of talk around “plant therapy” and how much better people feel when they have some greenery to care for in their homes – even NASA has done research that has proven many plants will clean toxins from the air, including those from household cleaning products, paint and even plastic shopping bags! If we’re going to be spending more time indoors, why not make sure that
we can still have some fresh air?
The holidays are also quickly approaching - are you looking for that perfect gift for your favourite indoor gardener but don't know what kind of light they have? Don’t worry, we’ve got you! There are plenty of low maintenance tropical plants that can also handle a range of light conditions, so no matter if your intended recipient has big windows or lives with a lot of shade, their perfect green gift is here waiting for them. And all plants will clean the air to some degree, so you're really giving the gift of beauty AND health all in one!
Keep reading to find out more about some of our favourites!
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
Also known as Mother-in-Law's Tongue! Slow growing and easy to care for, Snake Plants are an amazing Clean Air houseplant that can handle and thrive in any light situation. Their upright habit makes them the perfect addition to any corner or tight space. Make sure these plants dry well between waterings to prevent root damage - in low light locations plants usually need less water than in higher light. Feed an all-purpose fertilizer every other month.
Phalaenopsis Orchids

The most common variety of Orchid, an epiphyte which grows roots on tree trunks under the rainforest canopy and collects moisture and nutrients from the air (in our homes, we pot them up with orchid mix). Their incredible blooms appear in shades of purple, yellow, and of course white, and can last from 3 to 6 months! Orchids are an amazing addition to any home, office, and make fantastic gifts for just about any occasion! 
Bonsai

The goal of Bonsai is to capture the essence, spirit, and beauty of a large, naturally-aged tree in a pot. They are a fun way to challenge yourself and, with proper care, can be very rewarding. It's like having living art in your home! The most popular form of Bonsai is an evergreen tree, often a Juniper, and they can also be created from tropical plants like Ficus. Explore Greenhouse #2 to see our full selection of Bonsai, Bonsai pots, and starter plants!
Anthurium

Easy to grow and gorgeous! Slow growing glossy leaves that will occasionally produce waxy flowers that last for weeks or even months! They make an excellent gift, offering bright colour through the darker fall and winter months. Giving them more light will mean better flowering, but try to avoid long periods of direct light in summer. Remove old leaves as needed. Mist for extra humidity. Feed a flowering plant fertilizer monthly.
Money Tree (Pachira)

Money Trees are said to bring good luck and fortune! They prefer a brighter location and extra humidity, so misting them will help keep them happy and healthy. Can be trimmed to shape; prune growth as needed to keep a pleasing shape. Feed an
all-purpose fertilizer monthly.
Cactus and Succulents

Who doesn't know and love these incredible desert dwellers?! Not only do they grow all over the world in some of the harshest climates, they can survive incredible periods of time without a drop of water! Cacti and Succulents both require a bright sunny location, with at least 4 hours of direct sun each day, and remember to let them dry out very well between waterings! Each of these easy care, drought loving plants has its own personality, and with so many different varieties many find it difficult to choose just one. Luckily, our Cactus and Succulent House is filled with a wide assortment of these spiky and not-so-spiky friends in a range of pot sizes, including pre-potted dish gardens, so you can find the perfect look and fit for your home and office. 

*Remember to mark your calendars for our Cactus and Succulent Festival
- January 24 to February 24!
Houseplants require different amounts of light depending on the variety. High light plants will require as much light as possible during the shorter days in winter and generally do not do well in lower light locations. When placing your plants, keep in mind that curtains or sheers greatly reduce the amount of light for that area - the use of sheers turns a high light location into a low light area.
Low Light = diffused or indirect light
(North or East window; one with sheer curtains)

Medium/Indirect Light = bright location with indirect light (a bright location but no sun rays shining directly through)
Bright Light = Bright, sunny, direct light (sun rays hitting the plants, usually a South or Southwest window)
When watering always drain excess water away. Plants left to sit in water can develop root rot. During the winter months, plants do not dry out as fast and need less frequent watering. It's best to water from the top of the pot, letting the water soak through and draining any excess through the pot's drainage holes.
*Never use machine-softened water on your plants. This will leave a buildup of salt
and will slowly kill your plants.*
Evenly Moist: Never let soil dry out completely. Do not let sit in water.
Water Well: Allow soil to dry slightly then water well until water runs though the bottom.
Let Dry: Allow soil to dry before watering deeply. Soil will often lighten in colour and crack away from pot's edge. 
Misting:
Some plants prefer a slightly higher humidity than found in most homes: Ferns, Orchids, Ficus, Citrus, and Hibiscus are some that enjoy extra humidity. Mist plants with water once or twice a day (morning is best) to help increase the humidity. Avoid misting plants with fuzzy leaves such as African Violets and Begonias, as well as dry-loving plants like Cacti and Succulents.
General Houseplant Tips:
· Avoid hot or cold drafts, such as an unheated sunroom in winter, near heat registers or open doors.
· Rotating your plants will ensure even light distribution.
· When transplanting, it is always best to choose a pot that has drainage. This will help keep the plant from sitting in water.
Need more tips and advice? Our friendly and informed staff is happy to help!
And check out the Houseplants page on our website:

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