where to place your indoor plants

Where to place your indoor plants

By: Bernard
where to place your indoor plants

Most plants tend to thrive in indoor environments with exception to dark areas. The most basic requirements for plants to do well indoors is light intensity and the duration the plant is exposed to light. Some plants will thrive in a high humidity indoor environment while others will wither when exposed to too much humidity. So knowing more about the plant you want will help you decide where to place your indoor plants.

Plants that prefer low light may produce dull looking leaves when exposed to bright light which cause leaf spots or brown tipped scorched margins. Equally important not enough light can cause slow, frail growth and the development of small lifeless leaves. Here a few things to consider:

Window exposures

When selecting indoor plants for your home, always consider the features of the location, the amount and duration of light that location receives  all year long. Generally you will find that plants are categorised according to whether they prefer low, indirect or direct light. 

Low light

Low light conditioned plants are those which receive 25 to 100 foot candles of light intensity and never any direct light. This represents the northern window for most of the year. 

where to place your indoor plants

Indirect light

Indirect light exposure plants receive 100 to 300 foot candles of light intensity for periods of not less than two and not more than five hours of light each day. This feature is common for the east and west facing windows. 

Every home is bound to experience seasonal variation in light intensity, plants located in an east window during the summer may require a south exposure in winter. 

Light usually strikes the plants from only one side,  rotating the plant will help in maintaining an upright growth habit. The symptoms of insufficient light may include; small leaves long, thin stems, lighter than normal colour

If your plant is doing poorly because of limited lighting you can use fluorescent lamps to supplement natural light to achieve a healthy growth and the desired quality. Plants that struggle to exist indoors will thrive with 12 to 16 hours of supplement light daily.

Some houseplants can be placed outside in the summer. Plants often are revitalised by this. 

However, place your plants to a higher outdoor light intensity in order to avoid sun scorch. Do this by initially placing the plants in the shade and then over a four or five week period, gradually expose the plants to increased light intensity.

Plants that grow in low intensity light

The plants below can adapt and thrive in;  low and indirect light, sunlight filtered through a curtain,  to a shadow less light from a northern window. Place these plants more than 8 feet from windows where there is no direct light. Here are some low light plants

  • Chinese ever green plant
  • Snake plant
  • Castor plant 
  • Pothos 
  • Monstera deliciosa

For more low light plants please visit Planterina

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