Understanding natural light for your houseplants

Houseplants placed from bright (R) to medium light (L).

Houseplants placed from bright (R) to medium light (L).

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Our plants are dependent on light and the best source is the free burning ball of fire in the sky. Here's the breakdown of areas in your home or office and who likes to hang out where to get what they need from the sun.

Indirect bright sun - Parts of the room that stay bright for at least 8 hours with little of that time in direct sun. Most houseplants need to be here to be happy, especially Fiddle Leaf Figs, Monsteras and Magenta Triostars.

Direct light - Usually a south facing window where the sun shines directly and creates extra heat. Only a few plants can take this seat without getting sunburnt - succulents, cacti, Birds of Paradise and Snake Plants. 

Low light - Darker corners, the end of the office that’s far from a window, or rooms with highly shaded areas outside their windows. Luckily there a few plants that do just fine in low light. Our favorites are the Zanzibar Gem, Cast Iron Plant, and Snake Plant.

Signs you haven’t found the sweet spot yet.

Yellow or dropping leaves, or longer spindly stems - this may indicate your plant wants more light. A change of position in the room, a different room, or adding a lamp nearby may be what your plant is looking for.

Pale leaves or crispy browning areas - this may mean your plant needs a step back from direct light.



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