Plants add life and vibrancy to any space, but some are better than others for the potted life on your apartment balcony. Check out which ones are most likely to thrive so you can be a successful plant parent! Read the rest of this entry »
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With winter on the horizon, anxiety can arise for apartment dwellers who choose to maintain outdoor plants. All it takes is one particularly strong freeze, and several plants can be gone overnight. However, there are a few precautions you can take so you won’t have to start over in the spring.
1. Insulate in the Evening
A common trick for potted plants is to wrap them in various materials overnight so that the roots don’t freeze. You can use blankets, sheets, styrofoam, or tarps. It’s important to note that the insulation should be wrapped around the pot, not the actual plant, since keeping the roots alive is most important. Another way to keep the plant itself healthy is by installing poles around the plant, wrapping plastic around the poles, and then filling the space with insulative material. This creates a kind of nest around the plant to keep it warmer. Make sure to take the covering off of your plants during the day so they can get sunlight, and then repeat the process as needed.
Bringing plants into your space is a great way to liven up your one bedroom apartment, but not everyone is born with a green thumb; we’re speaking from experience here! To avoid future indoor gardening mishaps, we’ve compiled the top 5 tips you need to keep plants thriving in any indoor climate.
Set a Watering Schedule
If you’re like us, watering your plants has been somewhat of an afterthought. And by the time you remember to water, your plant might be looking a little worse for the wear. Set a watering schedule based on your plants watering needs (add a standing appointment to your calendar) and you’ll be better prepared to tend to your plant on a more regular basis. Read the rest of this entry »
Houseplants bring a feeling of the outdoors to apartment living. But these valued household members can suffer shocks and breakage if they are not handled carefully. Use this moving checklist to prepare your leafy friends for relocation.
A couple of weeks before your move:
- Repot. First on your moving checklist, check what kinds of pots your plants are in. Repot those in breakable pots in same-size plastic pots, which are lighter and won’t break.
- Prune as needed. Another item on your moving checklist should be to pinch back large or bushy plants. This will help prevent breakage during your move and will also encourage thicker growth. Do not prune succulents like jade plants and cacti.
- Banish pests. Next on your moving checklist, inspect your plants for insects. If you find any, check online or with a local greenhouse to learn the best way to treat them.
A day or two before your move:
- Prepare boxes. For this step of a moving checklist, find boxes that will hold your plants. You may be able to fit a few smaller plants into the same box, but large plants will probably need individual boxes.
- Water your plants. Don’t forget this step of your moving checklist. However, don’t get carried away. Water normally. In cold weather, overwatering could result in freezing. In hot weather, it could lead to fungus growth.
On moving day:
- Put plants in their boxes. Do this after you have finished other items on your moving checklist to minimize the time plants are boxed. To keep plants from shifting, place wadded newspaper around the pots. Punch holes in the sides of the boxes for air flow. Cover protruding branches or leaves loosely with a sheet or plastic garbage bag.
- Load your plants. This should be the last item on your moving checklist. Put plants inside your car. They could get too hot or too cold in the trunk or the back of a truck. When you arrive at your new place, unload your plants first.
If you follow the steps on our moving checklist, your plants will arrive at their new home ready to flourish. And to make the rest of your move as painless as possible, use our printable moving checklist. With good planning and organization, both you and your plants will bloom where you’re planted.
On the quest to find an apartment with the perfect patio? If enjoying the outdoors at home is crucial to your apartment selection, it may be a good idea to consider where the patio is located. Depending on how an apartment patio is faced in relation to the sun, you can expect to experience a different outdoor ambiance.
If you would like to enjoy a cool and shady patio in the summer evenings, you may want to find an apartment that faces North or East (in the Northern Hemisphere). With this option, you can experience the most natural light during the early part of the day. You will also miss the glare and the heat of the sun in the late afternoons and evening. This is also a good option if you like to keep a small herb garden on your patio. Plants receive a good amount of light earlier, while escaping the scorching heat late in the afternoon.
Apartments with patios that face South or West receive the most shade in the mornings. This an ideal situation if you are an early riser who likes to read or spend breakfast time outside, as it is cooler in the mornings during summer. As the day progresses, the sun will gradually fall over the patio and remain present until it sets in the evening. This is perfect if you enjoy watching the sunset in the evenings or if you like to sunbathe in the summer afternoons.
It is not a deal breaker if you do not find an apartment patio that is cardinally faced in a direction that is compatible with your lifestyle. With proper solar shading and cooling features for the morning or afternoons where the sun is most abrasive, your apartment patio can be enjoyed any time of the day during the summer.
Next week on the apartment living blog we will discuss in detail about the solar shading and cooling features that can be implemented on an apartment patio to make it more comfortable during the hot summer months.
Houseplants Can Make Your Apartment Feel Like Home
You’ve heard of going green, but what about including a little green in your apartment? Houseplants can up the comfort factor in your apartment while also complementing your decor with some extra color and texture.
Perhaps you’ve had some bad experiences with plants in the past. Wilted flowers, brown leaves, a gnat infestation — any of that bring back bad memories? Or maybe the whole taking-care-of-houseplants thing just sounds like a pain and you’ve never tried it. That’s understandable, since there are countless types of plants that each require different levels of sunlight and water. One dead plant can be pretty disappointing; several can lead you to think you’re cursed with the dreaded houseplant “black thumb.”
But we’ve come up with some suggestions for houseplants that you’ll find easy to take care of and that require minimal maintenance. Hard to kill and easy to enjoy, these houseplants are perfect for apartment living.
Our Houseplant Suggestions
Snake plant. No, this plant won’t attract a bunch of snakes into your apartment. We’re guessing it gets its name from its appearance — large, long, skinny green and yellowish leaves. Incredibly easy to take care of, the snake plant requires very little light and is resistant to insects. The only thing you have to be careful of is that you don’t water it too much, as it can result in root rot.
Succulents and cacti. You’ll want to make sure you keep your succulents and cacti in a place where they’ll get plenty of sun. They don’t require a lot of water, and there are a ton of varieties to choose from.
Ficus. Requiring semi-shade, a ficus is another easy-to-take-care-of houseplant.
Spathiphylium. Also known as “peace lily,” the spathiphylium features dark green glossy leaves and white waxy blooms. A great indoor houseplant, the spathiphylium does well as long as its soil isn’t allowed to dry out.
Try one of these houseplants in your apartment – houseplants are inexpensive ways of brightening your apartment space and freshening the air you breathe. And if you’re trying to find apartment renovation pointers, try our guide to decorating your apartment!
Are Apartment Gardens Possible?
An apartment garden might seem like an elusive dream to an apartment renter.
Do you miss the taste of fresh vegetables from your grandmother’s garden or the sight of beautiful plants and flowers from your parent’s meticulously manicured lawn? Do you daydream of your very own garden, only to stop because you realize that you rent an apartment? To rent, by definition, means to be without gardening possibilities, right? There isn’t any way that you can have an apartment garden, is there?
Of course there is! Apartment gardens are very much possible and surprisingly easy to get started.
Starting Your Apartment Garden
To begin, you will need to determine a few things. First of all, you will need to find an apartment space that will accommodate your garden. Will it be inside your apartment or outside your apartment? This will determine the types of plants that you will grow. If it is going to be outside on your patio or balcony, you will need to watch and see what part of the balcony gets the most sunlight and which part gets the most shade. Sun-loving plants will go in the sunnier part of the balcony and shade-loving plants will go behind them. You might have to rearrange some furniture on your balcony to make it all work.
Apartment Gardens of the Container Variety
Container gardens are the easiest to start, grow and move around if necessary. You never know when you might decide to relocate and want to take your garden with you. To begin a container garden, you can go out and buy some terracotta pots (which are the quickest and easiest) or you can recycle old water jugs, coffee cans, and even some old bowls. Mixing these containers with some bough pots will make your garden a little more eclectic.
Apartment Gardens Can be Bountiful
There are several types of plants that you can grow in your apartment garden that will yield beautiful and rewarding fruit, vegetables and flowers. Some examples are squash, cucumbers, beans, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, herbs, onions, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, and even pineapples.
Now that you know a little bit more about apartment gardens, search out your perfect spot and begin today!