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Growing Plants Indoors With Natural Light

Growing Plants Indoors With Natural Light

There are a few things to consider when placing your plant for optimal natural indoor light. Different plants require different amounts of light for photosynthesis. 

  • Window direction- the direction your window faces is important. South facing windows provide the most hours of direct sunlight. East facing windows provide direct morning sun and indirect light the rest of the day. West facing windows provide indirect morning light and direct sunlight in the afternoon. North facing windows provide only indirect light. The optimal location for your plant will depend on its individual requirements, but south windows are usually best. 
  • Light requirements
    • Direct light - south or west windows are best for providing direct sunlight.
    • Bright indirect light - if your plant prefers bright indirect light there are various options. You can place your plant directly in front of a south or west window and add a sheer curtain to filter out harsh direct sunlight. You can place your plant a couple of feet back from a south or west facing window. Another option is placing your plant directly in front of an east facing window. East facing windows only receive a few hours of direct sunlight in the morning, and it is usually not too harsh. 
    • Low light -  if your plant prefers lower light conditions it should not receive any direct sunlight. Short periods of indirect light are recommended.
  • Distance from window - typically your plants should be right in front of the window for maximum light. If you have a plant that prefers less direct sunlight, you can move it back from the window a couple feet to lessen the intensity. It is best to not let your plant’s leaves physically touch windows due to potential temperature damage in summer and winter.
  • Window obstructions - the above recommendations assume unobstructed windows. If you have large trees or nearby buildings that obstruct sunlight, this will make a big difference in the amount of light your plant receives. 

Once you figure out where to place your plant keep an eye on it to make sure it is doing well. New growth is a good sign that your plant is happy with its location. Signs your plant may not be happy include burning on leaves closest to the light source and slowed growth. Don’t be afraid to move your plant around to find the best spot!

Plants at a south facing window with a sheer curtain for protection from harsh noon sun

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