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How To Figure Out How Much Lighting Your Indoor Plants Need

Dec 20

Understanding a plant's natural environment may help you care for it, and houseplants are no different. Many typical houseplants are native to the tropics, where the climate is most similar to that of our homes: generally constant temperatures, seldom below freezing, and a wide variety of light levels. Many popular houseplant species have evolved to thrive in the jungle understory beneath big trees, where they benefit from the warmth, high humidity, and whatever sunlight penetrates through the foliage of the tall trees. Other plants are native to brighter, less damp environments. The more closely you can imitate a houseplant's natural environment, the higher your chances of success.

What amount of light does your plant require? You should be able to identify whether it requires direct sun, bright, indirect light, medium light, or low light from the tag (or some fast research).


Using Window Light As A Source Of Light

Many of us believe that the light coming in through our windows will be sufficient for our houseplant, and in certain circumstances, we are correct. The light that goes through glass, on the other hand, isn't as intense as direct sunshine. Unless you're growing in a greenhouse, the brightness of the window will shift during the day according on the direction it faces.

The size of the window, eaves and overhangs, and shading by trees and buildings are all elements that impact the quantity of sunlight that comes through a window. The sun is lower in the sky in winter, so there may be more direct sunlight; however, the intensity is weaker than in summer, and there are fewer daylight hours.


The following are some words used to describe a houseplant's light preferences and the optimal window position for it:


It's A Sunny Day, So There's A Lot Of Light

A south-facing window will receive the greatest sunshine in the northern hemisphere. The brightness and duration, on the other hand, will be determined by the elements listed above. In the morning, west-facing windows provide shade, but in the afternoon, they provide direct sunlight. This is normally the warmest portion of the day in the summer, so plants will be exposed to more heat.


Indirect, Bright Light

Sheer curtains will turn a south-facing or west-facing window's harsh sunshine into the brilliant, indirect light that many houseplants like. An east-facing window is also an excellent choice since it delivers a few hours of early sun, which is less powerful and produces less heat than afternoon solar.


A Medium Amount Of Light

The light intensity decreases as you move plants away from windows. Medium light indoor plants placed approximately five feet in front of a south- or west-facing window should be plenty.


Low-light Conditions

Low-light regions include interior walls and north windows. Your interior area will be brighter if you have more windows. Plants labeled as "low light" can survive low light, while medium light encourages them to grow more aggressively. In addition, no live plant can grow in a dimly lit area.


Reducing Glare & Bright Light

You may notice signs such as burnt foliage and bleached flower hues, as well as increased insect issues such as spider mites, if the sunshine streaming in your window is simply too much for your plants. There are several options for reducing the intensity of sunlight. Plants will be protected by sheer curtains, and you will have a more pleasant light atmosphere. Light-filtering coverings, textiles, and films are available for windows. You may also use natural materials, such as woven fence, to create something unique.