Selecting the Right Plants for the Light in Your Space
January 20 2021 – Elliot Gregory
Growing plants indoors successfully means imitating their natural habitats as closely as possible. Find a plant suited to your space, rather than the other way around. Assess your space first, and have an idea of your environment before buying a plant.
START BY OBSERVING YOUR SPACE
Plants photosynthesize to make food. No light = no food. Observe the type, quality, and quantity of light available in your home. Type of light refers to exposure (N, E, S, W). Quality refers to the intensity. Gentle, direct, indirect, intense, harsh. Quantity is the amount of time that space has available light.
Quality is dramatically reduced the farther from the window you get.
Grow lights can supplement any plant. They provide reliable light with no cloudy days!
High-Light Plant List
Jade Plant (Crassula argentea) - Full sun
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) - Full sun to part shade
Snake Plant (Yes this plant can do it all)
Croton (Codiaeum variegatum) - Dappled light (produced when sunlight is filtered through the leaves of trees)
String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) - Bright indirect light
Low-Light Plant List
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) - Can grow in a variety of light conditions
Monstera (Monstera deliciosa)