Friday, November 20th, 2020


Of all the plants that grace our greenhouse, one special plant rises above all others, and it’s the Snake Plant. The Snake Plant or Sansevieria (san-se-vi-ee’-ri-ah) is a tried-and-true houseplant that anyone can keep and enjoy.  But it’s also a superb air purifier that has the power to improve your sleep and change your life. Our team is so passionate about the benefits of Snake Plants, and here’s why!

Let’s talk about air quality.

Air quality is important – we all know this, but sometimes air quality escapes us. We don’t see it, so we don’t think about it. But the air in our homes can be a far greater source of unhealthy air than outdoor air pollution. This is especially true in Manitoba, where we tend to spend the majority of our year indoors.  Poor air quality in your home can effect your heart and lung health, hurt your sleep quality, and impact your mood, with children being even more succeptible to this than adults. The air we breath is as important as the food we eat.

Now, let’s step into the bedroom!

You will spend about 26 years of your life sleeping. Sleep disorders are on the rise, and one facet that effects our sleep is the air quality in our bedrooms. If you have to choose one room to focus on air quality, it should be the bedroom! So how exactly does keeping a Snake Plant in your bedroom improve the air quality? The Snake Plant is unique because it has the ability to perform a type of photosynthesis called Crassulacean Acid Metabolism. What this means is that it converts CO2 (carbon dioxide – the air you exhale) to O2 (oxygen – the air you inhale) – at night!  Most plants go throught this process during the day.  While the Snake Plant performs this oxygen producing function, it’s also filtering chemical toxins like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air. These are chemicals released by mattresses, bedding, furniture, carpeting, and paint, which we would otherwise inhale.

According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, the Snake Plant is so effective in producing oxygen that if you were locked in a sealed room with no airflow (yikes!), you would be able to survive with just 6-8 plants in it. NASA recommends 15 to 18 medium-to-large size plants for a 1,800 square-foot home for optimum air quality.

As if this plant weren’t amazing enough, it’s also the most durable of all plants to survive even the most unsuitable growing conditions, abuse and neglect that a plant could receive. Basically, you have to work really hard to kill a Snake Plant! It’s the perfect plant for apartments, dorm rooms, and of course, the bedroom. Purchasing a couple of these miracle plants will greatly enhance your sleep quality.  Try it for yourself!  We guarantee that you will notice a difference within a week or two.

Sweet dreams!

Thursday, November 5th, 2020


As we put our gardens to rest for the winter, it’s time to turn our focus to gardening activities indoors. Growing bulbs indoors, or ‘forcing’ them, is one the funnest ways to do this! ‘Forcing’ a bulb essentially means coaxing it into producing a shoot, stem and flower outside of its regular environment and schedule. With just a little bit of sunshine, warmth and attention, you’ll enjoy gorgeous paperwhite, amaryllis, and hyacinth blossoms!

Here’s are our step-by-step guide to growing bulbs indoors:



Keep your bulbs away from warmth and sunlight up until you’re ready to force it into growth. When you examine your bulbs, it will be very clear to see where the root meets the bulb. As long as the roots are kept moist, your bulb will be encouraged to grow. You have 2 options here – you can either plant your bulbs in some well-draining potting soil, or you can set them into a soiless bulb vase, whereby only its roots touch the water. Remember — this will be the container you display your bloomed arrangement in, so choose wisely! At this stage, set the bulbs in moderate light and in a cooler spot.


The fun part! Once the sprouts begin to emerge, move the plant to brighter light and a slightly warmer spot if possible. Remember to check its water daily and to rotate it each time you check it. This will encourage an upright growth pattern, rather than it leaning towards the light. 


After a few weeks, you’ll notice the plants beginning to fill out. Now is the time to move them to a bright, sunny location with a temperature of about 18° C. Any warmer, and the flowering time may reduce. Once the flowers open, move them out of direct sunlight — this will help the flowers to last longer. Enjoy your gorgeous blooms and continue to water them until they expire. Many gardeners enjoy storing their bulbs from year to year. Simply place the spent bulb into a paper bag with some lightly dampened peat moss, and store it away in a cool, dark spot until next winter.

We hope you get as much joy out of growing bulbs indoors as we do!

Shelmerdine Paperwhite Bulbs



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