Miniature Garden Tutorial:
How to Figure Out Your Plant's Indoor Light Needs
It's that time of year again, when we're looking to bring the outdoors inside, recreate the outdoors inside or just go south for winter - I do recognize that awesome option as well. Lol!
But if you're like me, and need plants around you at all time, here is a quick way to judge the light that you get indoors, so you can either find plants that suit that spot, or add more light if you want more to grow more indoor plants.
So, here it goes. It's super easy:
Go to the place in your home in the middle of the day where you want to grow a miniature garden. Hold your hand over the spot. If you see a strong shadow, it's bright light. If you see a fuzzy shadow, it's medium light. If you see very little to no shadow, it's low light.
Note that most plants that need "bright light" may not tolerate the direct sun shining through your windows in the spring and the fall. The sun's rays may scorch the plant's leaves. Simply diffuse the sunlight with a sheer or lace curtain.
See? I told you it was easy.
Hold your hand over the spot.
Strong shadow =bright light.
Fuzzy shadow = medium light.
Little to no shadow = low light.
There are usually two ways to kill an indoor plant: the quick way is to forget to water it. The other way, which takes a bit longer, is to not have enough light for the plant's survival. How many times have I killed a plant with the "Death by Light" method? Many. Too many to count. Had I had this little trick to help define my indoor light needs, I would have saved a lot of indoor plants and be wintering in my very own jungle right now. :o)
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