Shade is a critical part of the indoor gardening experience, but also one that is often overlooked and under appreciated. That’s because it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly how much shade each plant needs when you are trying out different styles and options.
However, there are a few simple things you can do to make your garden more effective in low light conditions.
Light: Light is important for everything from the growth of your plants to their health and coloration. The reason why plants need light is simple: they grow by photosynthesis in the process of turning sunlight into energy (which we’ll connect later).
So, as long as there’s enough sun or light coming in, all your plants will thrive. But there is another type of light that helps keep plants healthy: indirect sunlight. This comes from both natural sources like the sun or lamps and artificial sources like fluorescent lights or LEDs (which we’ll cover later).
Indirect sunlight comes at us directly from above – very similar to the way a car’s headlights shine down on us – but unlike direct sunlight which harms our eyes, indirect sunlight will help keep our plants healthy as well as give them vibrant colours that are much easier on our eyes!
Highlight: Indirect sunlight will also help your plants grow taller so they can shade out other trees, bushes or other objects which might otherwise block their growth. Also, indirect sunlight will help them bloom more easily so you are able to get more bang for your buck with your outdoor lighting investment!
The best plants for low light conditions
You’re probably familiar with the old adage, “Good lighting is like good sex: it’s better the second time around.” Sadly, this is not a particularly true statement regarding indoor plants.
When it comes to indoor plants, there are three things you need to do with them:
- Lighting: They need some light. This can come from a number of different sources — sunlight, artificial light or fluorescent lighting. If it’s fluorescent, be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for proper care and use.
- Temperature: They need a temperature that is just right for them to survive and produce their seeds (which will eventually turn into new plants). Plants in sunlight have a higher risk of sunburn; so make sure you have proper ventilation to avoid overheating your plant. If you have air conditioning, make sure that it isn’t left on during daylight hours as these can cause plants to “overheat” and burn themselves out.
- Humidity: Plants require humidity levels of 20% or more (partly because they need water vapour in order to grow). Make sure your plant has proper ventilation so that humidity doesn’t build up inside your house (and subsequently prevent moisture from escaping). In addition, make sure you don’t leave large amounts of condensation on the windowsill where the plant could collect moisture.
The above points are important for making the most of low light conditions indoors — but we also want to suggest some other plants that are well suited for low light conditions as well:
- Red flowers: Red flowers are desirable because they make existing greenery look brighter while also providing attractive colour contrast against existing greenery (and thus pleasing natural aesthetics). The downside is that red flowers tend to blaze too much and become too bright together with other greenery so they should be kept towards one side of the room at least until they get used enough to blend with the background — then place them elsewhere. A great way to do this would be by placing a white dessert plate in front of your plant and gradually covering it over with greenery until they begin blending together in colour; then remove white plates and place them elsewhere as needed. Remember that red flowers will fade faster than other colours (so if you find yourself with a lot of red flowers at once, you may want to consider purchasing some green foliage instead). A similar technique can also be applied when
How to care for your plants in low light
Plants require a lot of light to grow. That’s true in simple situations like your kitchen window, but that’s not true in the ordinary world of living rooms and offices full of CFLs, fluorescent bulbs, and window coverings. In order to get the best results with your indoor plants, you need to take a few precautions:
1) Start out by making sure your artificial light fixture is powerful. The brighter the better; some people use only a single bulb for the entire room. Some people use more than one bulb in their fixtures. Some people use CFLs or fluorescent lights, some use both types and some just use natural daylight (because this is what we have at our house).
Light is energy. The more energy it takes to power a light source, the less it will do for you when that light source is switched on. So if you want to keep your plants healthy and happy indoors all day long, don’t go cheap on the wattage of your lights or CFLs; if you do, you will be reducing their output over time — and this can kill your plants!
2) Don’t forget that plants need soil as part of their life cycle (unless they are growing on rocks or other hard surfaces). If you live in an area where water is scarce or impossible to obtain it may help to put your plants on something that looks like a rock but isn’t solid (a piece of cardboard works well). Then water them occasionally with tap water mixed with an equal amount of plain water; this should keep them healthy without harming them too much because they won’t be exposed to chemicals from water treatment facilities in your home or office.
3) If possible try rotating your indoor plants every few weeks so that they have something new to look at all day long. Ideally, rotate them every month or two so that there are always new leaves around for people to admire!
Tips for choosing the right plants for your home
Low light conditions are a crucial element of indoor gardening. Plants that grow well in low light conditions can be found in this post. If you want to learn more about choosing the right plants for low light conditions, check out our article on indoor gardening with plants in low light.
The benefits of having plants in your home
Plants are a natural way to improve indoor air quality. While they can also have a negative impact on indoor air quality, they do provide important benefits.
And while there are many different types of plants, they all have similar needs:
– They need to be able to survive in low light conditions, especially in the winter
– Give off both heat and moisture
– Provide shade from direct sunlight (in addition to being able to produce their own light)
Plants can work well together with other types of furniture and accessories, just like people do. Things like window coverings and curtains can also help filter out certain wavelengths of light that plants need for photosynthesis. These kinds of furnishings and accessories can be quite expensive (especially if you want them all!), but luckily there is an easy way to DIY this process: growing your own plants!
We’ll walk through growing some simple herbs indoors, and then we’ll show you how you can go about growing several varieties at once, as well as some larger planters that you can use for even more herbs. What Plants Do Well Indoors? Things like basil and oregano are great outdoors, but they don’t work well indoors due to their varying requirements for light.
But if you grow them indoors in your apartment or small house, they will be much happier with the changes in lighting conditions that occur inside your home or apartment. The number one thing you should keep in mind when selecting plants is: making sure that they will thrive without direct sunlight — if it gets too bright or hot inside your home/apartment, these plants will not survive!
In order for you to grow plants in low light. You might think that one of the easiest things about growing herbs indoors would be keeping them covered up during the day so that they don’t get exposed to too much direct sunlight — but once again… those things aren’t actually cut out for this job (and we don’t know enough about them). They will require protected areas during the day where they are perfectly safe from sun exposure.
Some herbs won’t thrive under these conditions; others will only survive just fine. Luckily, there are ways around this problem — though it might take some time until you get all the hang of it! How To Grow Your Own Plants Indoors We recommend starting with simple herbs like basil and oregano because these taste great on their own, though baking them into pesto makes a tasty addition as well!
FAQs about indoor plants
You’re probably wondering why there are so many indoor plants and whether it is worth it. The short answer is “yes,” but the long answer is that it depends on your goals. Low light conditions can be perfectly suitable for a number of plants, like herbaceous perennial plants, ornamental trees and shrubs and madly colourful succulents (all of which are available at The Seed Store).
But there are a lot of reasons why you should consider creating an indoor garden too. You can use them as occasional decoration and to add colour to your space during the warmer months when you want a little more colour than normal (plants are great for this!). Or you could use them as permanent fixtures in your home and enjoy their aesthetic appeal year round.
Here are some tips for growing indoor plants:
- Choose succulents that do well indoors. These include cacti, succulents such as aloe, pachypodiums, cacti with succulent leaves (such as agaves) or any plant with woody stems that can be cut back to allow light into the soil.
- To grow them successfully indoors you will need some assistance from outside: a fertilised/garden-size potting mix; a large container; some water; an unrolled fluorescent or incandescent globe or bulb; some small pots of potting soil; and light (but not direct sun).
- There’s no need to worry about humidity levels—they’ll be fine if your humidity is around 40%. If it’s less than 40%, make sure you have enough ventilation in the home so that dry air doesn’t get trapped inside the house.
- You should also know how much light they need each day—a general rule of thumb is that each plant requires 1/3 to 1/2 an hour of direct sunlight per day during the summer months while they’re dormant during winter (this can vary by state). In fact, most plants are a bit more overcast than most people realise! Not only do they require bright light to survive, but they also prefer more darkness than we tend to think of our days as being. Don’t forget that they still need lots of water!
By all means… don’t let finances stand in the way of having an indoor garden and grow plants in low light!
Plants are amazing performers in low light conditions. They are the perfect partners for interior designers who want to put their stamp on a space, but don’t have a lot of extra light. Learn to have patience when you grow plants in low light.