Light is essential to all life, including plants

Plants create energy through a process called photosynthesis – a chemical reaction which combines water, CO2 and light. Plants trap light with their leaves, and then use this energy to turn CO2 and water into glucose.

So getting the right level of light is important for your plant to be as healthy and happy as possible. 

How much light does my plant need?

All plants have different light requirements and the exact amount of light your plant needs is clearly shown on the product page.

In addition, the 5 golden rules of light, that you will find below will help you to keep your plants in tip-top shape!

What different light conditions are there? 

We think its easiest to split light conditions in to 4 categories – and on each product page we explain which light conditions will let your plant thrive:

  • Direct Sun (somewhere in front of a window that gets direct sun for the whole day)
  • Filtered Sun (somewhere in front of a window that gets direct sun for half the day)
  • Light Shade (further back in a room with filtered sun or in the corners of a room that has direct sun)
  • Deep Shade (the very back of a room that receives no direct sunlight)

Golden Rules:

1) Choose plants based on your light conditions in your home

If you want to buy a plant for a specific location in your house, think about the light conditions where you want it to live.

If in doubt just ask, we are happy to help.

2) Most plants will do well in filtered sun or light shade

The vast majority of plants will be happy in either filtered sun or light shade. Although some may slightly prefer a sunnier shadier spot, most should be healthy and happy if the light and temperature is right.

3) React to what your plant is telling you 

Your plant will tell you what it needs:

  • Too much sun: the soil will become baked, the leaves dry and brown with scorched patches
  • Too little sun: your plant leaning towards the light, leaves dropping and smaller, weak stems

If you want help speaking to your plant just drop us a line

4) Clean plant leaves

If your plant looks like it is not getting enough light, one reason could be because there is a layer of dust on the leaves.

Every few weeks, gently wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to allow more of the energy from the light to get into the plant. Just like cleaning a window!

5) Take account of variations in light over different seasons

The bright, hot summer sun (hopefully!) may be too intense for some plants, so you may need to move them away from the window. But in winter, plants may be comfortable sitting in the cooler sun all day.

Worth bearing in mind.