Sun vs Shade

The Right Light

One of the easiest things to overlook as a plant parent is making sure your plants are getting the right amount of light. There is a such thing as too much and there is definitely a such thing as not enough. Lighting is very important for a plant because that is how it provides energy for itself(photosynthesis) but that does not mean it needs bright light all the time. Pictures are not the only thing that need the right light.

There are plants that love to basque in the sun and there are those that prefer there was none. Knowing the type of light(brightness) prefers can come in handy because it can help you with decorating as well. For example, you may have a bathroom you’d like to spruce up with a plant but you are concerned there just is not enough light to keep it happy. Find a plant that does not need much light or actually prefers the dark. You may have an area that gets sun for the entire day the sun is out–find plants that like to be in areas that are bright.

Keep in mind that it is possible for light to burn a plant, no matter how far from the source the source the plant is situated. You will know your plant is sunburned by looking at the leaves as they will be thinner, possibly browning, and starting to develop holes(assuming the plant is not one that has holes in the leaves naturally). If you notice this, move the plant further away from the source. It is also possible that your plant is not getting enough light and this can be noticed by the plant growing slower than normal or growth stopping long before the growing season ends. Some plants that do not get enough light will even have leaves that turn a dark shade of green.