Indoor Plant Lighting 101 - Modern Garden

Indoor Plant Lighting 101

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Everything You Need To Know About The Perfect Lighting For Your Plants

Light is vital to plants, yet each type of indoor plant, demand different amounts of it. Every home or space presents entirely different conditions so here are the facts on how much light and what type of light your plant needs to keep on thriving in your modern space.

Why Light?

Indoor plant lighting gives plants most of the energy they need to grow, thrive, even to stay alive. The proper type of light is more than just having some light hit your plants whenever it can. There are three lighting factors that control the growth and quality of a plant:

  • Amount of light: number of hours of daylight on your plants
  • The intensity of light: levels of light from the sun to the shade
  • Spectrum: warm and cool colors and where they come from

 

Perfect Light

The best light for each and every plant is based on the color and type of the light its getting. Light is the energy that comes in varying wavelengths visible light is composed of different colors, each having a different wavelength and energy level. The colors we see with our own eyes are not as visible nor useful for plants, because they ‘see’ light differently than we do. Plants grow green because they reflect green light, so green is the last color they need to see. Instead, plants need light they can absorb and some of those colors are yellow, orange, red, blue and violet, as well as invisible light like the one the sun produces!

How Much Light? 

The amount is directly related to the intensity or the brightness of light that reaches the plants. Green plants use photosynthesis to make food from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water in the atmosphere, It is their primary source of energy so the more light photons that hit the leaf the better because it will produce more energy and accelerate growth. Any plant that produces flowers or fruits depends on intense light too we currently don't carry any, we want all of our plant parents starting their journey off with easier plants to care for so they enjoy the process (check out our top beginner plants here). 

The intensity of sunlight is always going to be brighter outdoors than indoors; the shadiest spot in your outside still gets more light than the brightest spot of your home regardless of what your eyes tell you! 

Degree In Light

You might be wondering now how do I place my plant in the perfect spot knowing I'm not giving it more or less light then it needs? These are the 3 main factors that determine lighting in your space and some simple rules to follow when it comes to gardening your modern space:

  • How far is your plant from the window
  • Which direction is that the window facing
  • What’s in front of the window (i.e. is the light going through curtains or is direct?)

Let's start with a bright-light space aka “sunny” this means no barrier or obstacles (curtains, blinds, trees, or any architecture or building that creates shade) between the light coming in and the plant absorbing it. This is where your plant will receive the direct light in your space (think about it as laying on a sunny beach with the sun blazing on you). In the near future, we will be adding succulents, palm trees, and Aloe plants that are made for bright light, plants like this need at least 6 hours a day. 

Secondly, medium-light or as if your plant was wearing sunglasses type light. Light that's been dispersed between the plant and the source (the sunny window). Anything the light has to go through to get to your plant creates this medium light. Ferns and plants like Monstera and Aglaonema are known to live on the ground levels of the forest, so they are used to absorbing medium light that comes through the shading of the sun. They can not tolerate the harsh rays of direct sunlight so they prefer medium light conditions.

Our most popular collection that has created millions of new plant parents the “Low light” plants. Low light means no direct sunlight will reach your plant so you can pretty much place it almost anywhere you'd like (except the closet). It is usually 5-8  feet away from your window or in a room with good artificial light. And of course low light means less energy and less food so you can't expect much from these plants in terms of growth they usually remain at a certain size for years to go. 

Keep in mind that the seasons change and so does the sunlight and that affects how much light your plant will get. Keep an eye on how the light changes throughout the seasons and adjust your plant's position accordingly!

 


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