Choosing Indoor Plants According to Light Conditions

Use Light as a Guide for Choosing Indoor Plants.

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If an indoor or house plant does not have appropriate light, nothing else you do for it will help. More water and fertilizer are not substitutes for inadequate light. So, when choosing indoor plants it is best to start with the available light, not the plant species.

Outdoor gardeners are familiar with light descriptors such as full sun, shade, partial shade, dappled light, etc. Those terms don’t translate well to indoor settings. What follows are detailed descriptions of the different categories of light found in most homes and offices and used by indoor plant professionals. Within each category, I have listed the commonly used plant species that are good in those different light conditions.

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