How to Provide the Right Light Requirements for Indoor Plants

One of the reasons that indoor plants don't grow as well as they could is that they aren't given the right type of light for the plant. Not every indoor plant can tolerate the windowsill or no light at all; you need to be aware of which plants can tolerate which level of light in order to provide the best growing conditions. This article provides an overview of some of the more common types of indoor plants.

Steps

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    Provide filtered sun for the following indoor plants:
    • Pelargonium
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    • Abutilon
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    • Coleus
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    • Rhizomatous begonias
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    • Euphorbia pulcherrima (poinsettia)
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    • Tradescantia.
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    Provide bright indirect light for the following indoor plants:
    • Coldiaeum (croton)
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    • Columnea
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    • Cordyline
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    • Cyclamen
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    • Fittonia (snakeskin plant)
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    • Impatiens
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    • Gloxinia
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    • Nephrolepis (Boston ferns)
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    • Peperomia
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    • Saintpaulia (African violet)
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    • Streptocarpus.
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    Provide light shade for the following indoor plants:
    • Begonia rex-cultorum
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    • Caladiums
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    • Diffenbachia
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    • Dizygotheca (false aralia)
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    • Dracaena
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    • Ficus
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    • Maranta (prayer plant)
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    • Pilea (aluminium plant).
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    Provide heavy shade for the following indoor plants:
    • Most ferns and palms
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    • Calathea (peacock plant)
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    • Monstera
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    • Philodendron
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    • Spathiphyllum (peace lily).
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    Check lighting levels where plants are showing signs of yellowing or they're falling off in great number. These can indicate inadequate light. (They can also indicate too much watering during the wintering months.)
    • Yellowed or brown patches might mean that the plant has been scorched by sunlight. Move it away from the window or skylights.
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Tips

  • Ensure adequate humidity. The sign that your indoor plants aren't getting enough water is brown, withered tips of the leaves.

Warnings

  • Fridges and heaters can make indoor plants too warm. Move indoor plants away from the heat source.
  • Most indoor plants dislike direct sunlight. Always read the accompanying instructions for best growing conditions.

Things You'll Need

  • Suitable light conditions
  • Indoor plants

Sources and Citations

  • Neil Ross, Housework, in New Zealand Gardener, pp. 20-21, (April 2004)

Article Info

Categories: Indoor and Patio Plants