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Indoor plants and light


Here's how to choose the indoor plants based on light of our apartment. Indoor plants for low light, with direct light, north exposure… and so on.

The secret of indoor cultivation lies in the search for the right balance between aesthetic effect, cultivation care and plant needs. On this page we will deal with the eexpedition correct for indoor plants.

The location of the vase must vary according to theseason, the cultivated species and the amount of sunlight that can penetrate the window and the vegetative phase of the plant. In special cases, with the sun going down during the day, the user should take care to change the position of the plant: be careful! I said in special conditions! Don't worry, to grow the most common houseplants you won't need to go around the house with a pot in your hand!

Indoor plants and light, where is the window exposed?

  • North facing window
    In this case you will need to aim forindoor plantsthat needfew light. Windows facing north, especially in winter, can ensure the plant has little light. In this case it will be possible to grow:
    ferns
    -Pothos
    --Spathiphyllum
    -Aspidistra
    Sanseveria
    -Chlorophytum
    Kentia
    -Howeia
  • South-facing window
    If the window faces south, you will need indoor plants that are not afraid of direct light. In this case, the user is lucky because he can cultivate flowering plantsalso very demanding. Between indoor plants with flowers and colored leaves that can be grown in direct light, we mention:
    -croton
    -Begonia semperflorens and Begonia tamaya
    --Rosa sinensis
    Hibiscus
    -Coleus
    -Papyrus
  • Windows facing East
    The sunlight will enter mostly in the morning hours and will not be too strong. In this context, you can cultivate:
    -poinsettia (better known as Christmas star)
    - Phalaenopsis orchid (also known as butterfly orchid)
    -Anthurium which blooms but is appreciated above all for its decorative foliage.
  • West or exposed window
    If the light enters the room from a balcony or a west-facing window, you can grow plants with a medium-high light requirement. In this context we point out the Ficus benjamin and the Dracaena.

Indoor plants in case of low light

Especially those who live in the city, cannot rely only on the exposure of the windows. A window can be facing south but if there is a large building that gives shade on my balcony ... I can't grow demanding plants!

In these cases, when it enters the housefew light, we will have to cultivate indoor plants that withstand low light conditions. Among these we mention:

  • Aglaonema commutatum
  • Aspidistra elatior
  • plants of the genus Bromeliads
  • Chamadorea elegans
  • Pothos
  • Monstera deliciosa
  • Sansevieria trifasciata

For a broader overview you can read our pages:

  • Balcony flowers in the shade: plants that grow well in the shade
  • Low-light houseplants

Indoor plants and light, general rules

Remember that thefat plants, even if they are always described as low maintenance plants ... they are very demanding in terms of brightness. Succulents require a lot of light!

When the houseplant is growing it requires more light than the resting period which usually falls in autumn and winter.

Plants with variegated leaves with cream or light green hues need much more light than green leafy plants.

Windows facing west or in rooms with medium brightness conditions, the user can choose from a large number of indoor plants:

  • Aechmea fasciata
  • Asparagus densiflorus
  • Aucuba japonica
  • Chamaedorea erupens
  • Kalanchoe
  • Cycas revoluta
  • Dracaena
  • Dieffenbachia amoena
  • Dieffenbachia maculata
  • Kalanchoe
  • Ficus Benjamin
  • Ficus elastica
  • Ficus retusa
  • Howea forsterana
  • Maranta leuconeur
  • Philodendron
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Zantedeschia

Cyclamen cannot be considered indoor plants: they need cool even if mild temperatures. It is possible to grow them at home as long as you take them outside during the day and indoors at night. In an environment without a heating system. You will need to water them regularly, letting the soil dry out slightly between one irrigation and the next.

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