Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.

Houseplant Care Tips

Saturday, March 10, 2007

General Houseplant Lighting Guide

Low - At least 5 feet from a window. Corners, hallways, shelves. Houseplants that require low light levels and are too close to a light source, may have their foliage burnt.

Moderate - Keep houseplants between 5 and 8 feet from a window that receives some sun.

Moderate to Bright - Keep within 3 to 5 feet from a window receiving 4 to 5 hours of sunlight. East and West windows are good choices for houseplants with this lighting requirement.

Bright Light - Keep houseplants within 2 to 3 feet of a south facing window. These houseplants must receive at least 5 hours of direct sunlight in order to remain healthy.

Below are a list of plants and their recommended light requirements. Please let me know what other plants to add to the list.

Low Light Houseplants
Cast Iron Plants
Chinese Evergreens
Corn Plants
Prayer Plants
Rubber Plants
Shamrock Plants

Moderate Light Houseplants
Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)
Dracaena Varieties
Fiddle Leaf Fig Plants
Heart Leaf Philodendrons
Kentia / Sentry Palms
Lady Palms
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Polka Dot Plants
Spider Plants
Split Leafed Philodendrons
Swedish Ivy
Majesty Palms
Snow Bush
White Cloud Ficus

Moderate to Bright Light Houseplants
African Violets
Areca Palms
Arrowhead Vine
Boston Fern
Chinese Fan Palms
Christmas Cactus
Dallas Ferns
Fishtail Palms
Flamingo Flower
Goldfish Plants
Janet Craig
Lipstick Plants
Maidenhair Ferns
Neanthe Bella Palms
Norfolk Island Pines
Peace Lily (Closet Plant)
Persian Violets
Piggyback Plants
Phoenix Palms
Sago Palms
Snake Plants (Mother in Laws Tongue)
Wandering Jews
ZZ Plants

Bright Light Houseplants
Aloe Vera Plants
Amazon Alocasia, Elephant's Ear
Asparagus Ferns
Bird of Paradise
English Ivy
Flame Violet
Hawaiian Ti
Jade Plants
Miniature Rose
Ponytail Palms
Staghorn Ferns
Zebra Plants


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good guide. Love the distances you give, really helpful!! Thanks!!

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How comparable is a plant light to natural sunlight? I have many "Bright Light" plants Croton, Ti Plant, Bird of Paradise, Norfolk Island Pine, Rubber Tree and I was wondering what the ligth comparison would be for them.
Thank you!

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12:12 PM  

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