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How to select the right plants based on their light requirements?
Light is the most important factor to consider when selecting and buying interior plants. With so many indoor plants available, how do you choose the right one? Let's first look at the process that makes you buy house or office plants.
You want to decorate your home or office with interior plants or you just have a spot where you want a plant.
Because light is so important, you need to look at each room and each place you want a plant and evaluate the level of light.
Interior plants are categorized in 3 different ways: High Light, Medium Light and Low Light.
High Light is for a plant located next to a bright window or sun filled room. Direct sun is never recommended for indoor plants. Filtered light or indirect light is best.
Medium Light is what a plant gets when being away from a window and possibly receives supplemental artificial light for at least 8 hours a day. How far and how strong the natural source of light will determine the need for additional artificial light. A plant by a window facing North is probably receiving Medium Light. A plant in a room at the opposite side of windows is also probably receiving Medium Light.
Low Light is a space without natural light but with artificial light on for 12 hours a day. It's a room in a house with small windows partially covered with blinds or drapes. It's a conference room without windows or a hallway with bright lights on.
Once you have a good feel for your light levels, start making choices through the appropriate categories.
You found a plant you love but don't know if it's the right plant for your space.
We want you to be successful at keeping your interior plant in a good and healthy shape so before you buy that plant, it is very important to know if you have the right place for it.
Never forget that the most decisive factor for a plant to thrive is the amount of light it will get. For example if your place only gets artificial light you want to make sure not to buy a "high light plant" such as a Ficus.
So the first thing to know about that particular plant you love is its light requirements.
Once you know, think about where you have a spot that will fit.
If you can't find the proper place, you should try to find another variety that you'll love and will thrive for many years to come.