Plant Health Care – Lighting

In this section, we will take a closer look at the lighting conditions in your home so we can ensure the right plant goes in the right place!

Let’s start with the basic levels of lighting found in most homes:

Full Direct Sun – This means that wherever you place the plant, the sun’s rays will be directly touching the leaves.  These conditions are usually found in homes that have south facing windows, and the sunlight may be on the plant for up to 6 hours.

Bright Filtered Light – This is the lighting condition that many plants need.  It means that there are periods when the sun’s rays will be touching the leaves, as well as periods where it will not.  This can be as a result of shades or slat blinds, or perhaps the plant will be in a grouping where the taller plants block out some of the light.  Think of it in terms of a jungle…. those plants that are under the taller trees canopy still receive some touches of sun, but then are also sheltered from full all-day sun.

Bright but Sunless – This usually occurs in most homes where the plant will not be near a window.  The room is still nice and bright, but no sunlight will ever directly touch the leaves.

Shade – This is usually found in North facing homes, when you need a plant in a back corner of your room that gets very little natural light.

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Let’s take a quick look at some of the more common houseplants and the lighting levels they would fall under:

Full Direct Sun – Cactus and Succulants, Citrus Plants, Hibiscus, Accacia, Jasmine and other Tropical Plants

Bright Filtered Light – Potted Mums, African Violets, Ficus, Hoyas, Sheffleras, Foliage Begonias, Ferns

Bright but Sunless – Bromeliads, Cyclamin, Dieffenbachias, Ivy, Philodendrons, Peace lily’s, Pilea

Shade – Aglaonemas, Fittonias, Sanseviera, Pothos, Aspidistra, some Ivy

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