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Different lighting areas for plants

Updated: May 10

Different plant species prefer different lighting conditions for their natural habitat. For example, succulents and cacti grow in deserts and very dry climates, so they prefer hours of sun and minimal watering.

On the other hand, tropical plants such as ferns, birds of paradise, and philodendrons prefer bright, indirect light and more frequent watering to mimic a rainforest environment.

Are your plants getting the right amount of light?

  • Light is the most essential element for healthy houseplants (indoor plants).

  • The energy obtained from photosynthesis depends on the amount of light the leaves block.

  • Indoor plants can be classified according to their light needs and tolerance - high, medium, or low.

  • Choose houseplants based on the availability of natural light in your home. Otherwise, you will have to supplement the light with artificial light.

In this article, we will learn about the different lighting conditions of houseplants.

Dark Room

  • The area where there is no natural or artificial light is a dark room.

  • Do not keep your plants in a dark room, they will stop growing.

Direct Light Area

  • The area where there is direct sunlight falling in the room with visible yellow light, that light is called Direct Light Area.

  • There are some plants that require hours of direct light to grow. They are called outdoor plants.

Below are some of the plants which require direct sunlight to grow:

  • Tulsi (Holy basil),

  • Hibiscus,

  • Curry Patta,

  • Jasmine,

  • Marigold,

  • Rose,

  • Brinjal,

  • Tomato, etc.

Bright Light Area

  • The area where there is no direct sunlight but is very bright due to day time, that light is called a bright light Area.

Medium Light Area

  • In comparison to bright light areas, where there is little low light, that area is called a medium light area.

List of some indoor plants which can grow in bright and medium light areas

  1. ZZ Plant

  2. Snake plant

  3. Dumb cane

  4. Syngonium

  5. Peace Lily

  6. Money plant

  7. Areca Palm

  8. Aglaonema

  9. Rubber plant

  10. Pothos

  11. Anthurium

  12. Dracaena

  13. Philodendron

  14. Fiddle leaf fig plant

  15. Cactus

  16. Ficus Bonsai

Low Light Area

  • The area which has very low light with reading visibility is called a low-light area.


All indoor plants need some kind of light to photosynthesize - that's their food. Without enough light, plants will eventually become anemic and die.


Happy gardening!

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