Sunlight and Your Houseplants
Are your houseplants happy + healthy? Now is a great time to pay extra attention to your indoor plants and give them a checkup during the long winter. How do you know if you’ve placed your houseplants in the best location in your home? Are your plants receiving as much sunlight as they need? Here are a few helpful tips to consider!
The type of plant you have will determine how much daily sunlight it requires to grow. Some plants require more sunlight than others. For example, ficus prefers moderate to high amounts of sunlight in a south facing window. Snake and ZZ plants do best in moderate, indirect sunlight. If you’re not sure how much sunlight a plant should get, just ask!
How do you know if your plant is getting enough light once you have placed it in a certain spot indoors? Some signs to look for in a healthy plant are: new growth, dark leaves, only some leaf drop, strong variegation (in variegated plants), and the soil needs regular watering. When a plant is not receiving enough light, indicators can include: no growth, leaf yellowing, lots of leaf drop, loss of variegation in variegated plants, constantly wet soil. Signs of too much sunlight can include: new growth, pale leaves, lots of leaf drop, scorched leaves, and soil remaining constantly dry.
These are just a few helpful tips to keep your houseplants happy and healthy. Stop in to chat with us if you have specific plant questions and to check out our large selection of houseplants!