According to the experts at the plant design and maintenance experts at , the most important thing to consider when purchasing a plant is how much light it requires. Nearly all plants prefer bright light, but some thrive just as well in a shady spot. So step one is determining how much light your space receives, and choosing your plant accordingly.
DETERMINE YOUR LIGHT SITUATION
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South-facing windows provide the most light, and therefore the most options when it comes to plants. Plants can be situated far away from the window and still receive a good amount of light.
East-facing windows provide a good amount of light in the early hours. You'll want to choose a moderate-light plant and situate it close to the window.
West-facing windows also provide a good amount of light, but in the afternoon—which means more heat. You'll want to choose a moderate-light plant that can withstand a suntan.
North-facing windows provide the lowest light. You'll want to choose a low-light plant and situate it close to the window.
Choose a low-light plant or invest in some artificial light.
If something outside your window is obstructing your view, you'll need to adjust for it. For example, if your window faces south, but also faces a brick wall, opt for a moderate- to low-light plant. To ensure you know what kind of light your space receives, follow this simple test:
1. Place a white piece of paper on top of the spot you intend to put your plant.
2. Spread your hand out about one foot above the paper.
3. What type of shadow do you see?
-Well defined shadow = bright light
-Fuzzy shadow, but still recognizable as your hand = medium light
-Only a faintly discernable shadow = low light
-No shadow = not ideal for a plant
Best Plants for Bright Light (clockwise, from top left):Cactus, Watermelon Peperomia, Fiddle Leaf Fig, Succulents
Best Plants for Moderate Light (clockwise, from top left): Monstera Deliciosa, Rex Begonia, Rubber Plant, PothosPhoto: Courtesy of Dulce Grace Printables
Best Plants for Low Light (clockwise, from top left): ZZ Plant, Snake Plant, Dracaena, Spider Plant
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