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A window sill flooded with full sun for most of the day and a plant located within 2ft. (half a meter) of the facing window.
Indirect Bright Light (also called medium light)
Any place where the sun shines into the room for most of the day and where the plant is located approximately 3 to 5ft. (1 to 1.5 meters) from the window.
Indirect Low Light (partially shaded)
The plant receives two hours or less of sunlight and is located five feet (1.5 meters) or more away from a window.
For indoor houseplants that require lots of shade. The plant can be located six feet (2 meters) or more away from a window, and is usually located in a corner, hallway, or near a staircase.
Unfortunately, sunlight is not consistent year in and year out. The amount and intensity of sunlight your plants receive is influenced by light duration, the angle of sun
through a window, time of year, what direction your windows are facing, and any light obstruction such as trees, buildings, blinds, curtains, etc.
During summer months, an eastern window receives the most light beginning at sunrise and continuing to noon. As an added bonus, because of the sharp angle of the sun, this side of your house is much cooler and there is less plant evaporation.
During winter months, a southern window exposure provides the best lighting condition for indoor houseplants. The sun is low in the sky during this time of the year and it will shine into your room for most of the day.
A west facing exposure is somewhat similar to a south facing window, but doesn't have as many hours of sunlight entering your home. Sunlight begins to reach this window in late afternoon and remains until dusk. A west facing window is more suitable for plants that don't require as much light as those from a southern window.
A north facing window receives the least light. Consider using this location for indoor houseplants that require indirect low light, mostly plants that prefer a shady exposure.
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When it comes to houseplant care, I cannot say it any clearer than this. Indoor houseplants do not like salt! And, it is probably something you would never think about when tending them. Your plants get soluble salt from fertilizer, but mostly from the water you use when you water your plants. Depending on where you live, some areas of the country have more soluble salt in drinking water than other areas of the country. Yes, even well water is contaminated due to salt leaching from the soil.
The first indication of a salt build-up in the plants soil is usually a white powdery film on the soil surface, or you might notice a white crust on the pot rim or around the pot drainage holes.
Over time, salt build-up can lead to root damage and quite possibly be absorbed into the plants stem causing stunted growth. Or, you may see leaves turning brown and crusty at the edge, and finally there will be a general wilting of the plant.
Fortunately for your plants, there are only a few diseases we as plant owners need to look for. Yes, I know there are a few more diseases lurking about I will not mention, but from my own experience, they are a rarity for the average houseplant.
A Summary of Important Things to Remember
Here are a few tips but not all from the tip sheet section of my book.
You can get the complete list free near the bottom of this page.
I hope you enjoyed this rather brief article on indoor houseplants.
If you would like more information on what to do to keep your plants healthy, my book Indoor Houseplants will give you all the information beginner houseplant owners need to know to keep their houseplants healthy and vibrant.
You will also find a section in the
book on poisonous plants for adults and children, as well as poisonous plants for cats and dogs.
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