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How much light do my indoor plants need?

How much light do my indoor plants need?
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How much light do my indoor plants need?

Being a plant parent is quite challenging until you begin to understand the behaviour of your plants. You will know what exactly your plant means by just looking at it one you are familiar with it.

Light is undoubtedly the most important factor that determines the growth and health of any plant. Let’s get back to our primary school science lessons that talked about photosynthesis. Recall anything? Yes, the plants require light to process food in the leaves that are release out as oxygen for us to breathe in. The light is used in the process to produce energy in the form of carbohydrates for the plant itself and released as oxygen for humans. Without enough light, the plant will be deprived of energy and eventually begin to deplete.

Initially, it is hard to understand the light requirement of your plants. Good research on your plant will help you understand where and how to place your plant for it to receive an adequate amount of light.

There are three main types of interior lighting:

1)      Bright light: If your plant needs bright light, it should be place in a very sunny corner of your house that receives light for the major part of the day. The bright light requirement is comparatively harder to achieve during winters, so if you live in areas with monsoon climate for most of the year, then you may reconsider buying plants with the bright-light requirement.

2)      Low light: Low light refers to the normal amount of sun that comes in through most of your rooms. To understand low lighting condition, try reading a newspaper in a place with low light, if you are easily able to do so, then that place can qualify for low lighting. Plants with low light requirements can easily survive through winters.

3)      Indirect light: Indirect light is the bright light that doesn’t fall directly onto the plant. It can easily be found in east or west-facing windows.

In case you are not able to provide the plant with an ample amount of sunlight, artificial lighting systems. Also work well in fulfilling the light requirements of the plants. However, you must make sure to not compromise on the quality and quantity of the light. When you choose artificial light it is important to choose the apt colour. Plants are green in colour because they reflect green light, hence green light is useless to them.

They should be provide with light that can be absorbe by them like orange, yellow, red and blue. The quantity of light is comparatively harder to determine, however, you can easily research your plant and know its requirements. To state the basics, more photons hitting the leaves more is the energy produce. But too much light can also dry and kill the plant. All flowering plants need a good quantity of light to be able to grow their blooms.

Plants can easily be affect by both reduce and increased lighting conditions. Hence it is very necessary to determine the apt requirement of your plant.

Besides lighting, there are several other factors like humidity, temperature and water that determine the growth and health of the plant. If your plant looks like it is not doing well, you may have to recheck all the factors that can go wrong.