Light Conditions for Happy Houseplants
Plants help indoor spaces feel more inviting and really ‘warm’ up a room. Welcome to a 2 part weekly dirt about the most important factors in raising happy healthy little houseplants. The two biggest factors are appropriate amounts of Light and Water. Light basically provides the energy that plants need to survive. Through photosynthesis, the plant takes in light to convert and store as energy in the form of leaves, stems, blooms, roots… you get the point. Some common signs of ‘light issues’ are… • Pale dropping leaves, and stretched stems usually are signs of a plant not getting enough light • Scorched (sections of the leaf turn white) leaves or browning, withering are signs of a plant getting too much light.
Most often you’ll see the following recommendations “low light, bright light and direct/indirect”… But what do these recommendations mean? Here’s the break down.
When a plant requires low light, bathrooms and Bedrooms typically are typically good places to find a home it. You can also place them in a room with north facing or east facing windows.
Plants with bright light recommendations need A LOT of light. Some great rooms in your house would include kitchens, entryways, sunrooms and living rooms. Overall, just find a space with a lot of windows and you will be just fine.
Indirect lighting can seem like a vague descriptor for new houseplant owners. What this means is you just need to place the plant in a room, but not directly in front of a window
For direct light, sit your plant directly in a window or near a florescent light, grow light. What about Light bulbs? Do they help? -Regular incandescent or LED – Not really helpful -Florescent lights – Yes. They provide ‘full spectrum’ wavelengths on light.
Simple shadow Test:
Hold your hand out and look for the shadow. Barely see a shadow = a need for low light, High contrast shadow with clear defined edges = a need for high light.
*Natural light from windows is always directional, meaning lights comes from one direction. Plants respond by turning or bending leaves and stems toward the light source. So it’s a good idea to rotate them once a week to keep the shape. *Plants can adjust from different light conditions. Be most careful when adjusting from low light to high light. you’ll get withered leaves, scorched leaves and this may severely damage the plant. Use 2-4 week period of gradually moving the plant to be safe. *Most plants sold as “large foliage plants” need low light