Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about light!

Out of the factors that plants need to survive, light might be one of the most important, as well as the trickiest to get right.

Once you understand how your plant works, you can see if they’re not getting watered enough, especially with plants that are expressive with watering, like the Spathiphyllum, or Peace Lilies.

When in doubt, bright indirect light is the best for indoor foliage plants. Start with that. Most indoor plants we have are tropical plants that live in the understory. That means they never get direct sunlight. They’ll usually get dappled light that’s mostly blocked by trees.

The best kind of light that some people have been saying is a Northeastern light. If you have a window that’s facing the Northeast, more Eastern than north I think, you’re golden. If you have a room that might be North facing, but you can easily read a book in that room without needing an extra light source, plants can survive in that room. Note that I said survive. If you can, place your plants right next to the window to get the most light they can get.

Western and Southern facing windows offer some great light, however, can be too harsh for a lot of plants if they are placed in direct light. In those instances, place your plants along the walls that don’t get light, or will get light for an hour or two. This will keep them from getting burnt.

I personally have a North facing window. It gets bright enough in my room, however, not bright enough for a lot of the plants I wanted to grow. I decided to supplement my light with a grow light. We can talk more about grow lights in a later post.

There are a ton of resources out there for you if you ever have questions. People in the plant community are quite happy to help and talk about plants, so reach out! If you have any further questions on light, please, don’t hesitate to ask!

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