Light is essential to all life, including plants
Plants create energy through a process called photosynthesis – a chemical reaction that 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 essential 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, please see below our golden rules for getting light right!
What different light conditions are there?
We think it's simplest to split light conditions into 3 categories – and on each product page we explain which light conditions will let your plant thrive:
- Sun-lovers - plants that love direct sun (including some direct afternoon sun); think close to a window in a south-facing room
- Inbetweeners - plants that like bright indirect light; most plants are in this category, avoid direct afternoon sun but some direct morning or late evening sunshine is okay
- Shade-dwellers - plants that like being in light shade, so towards the back of a south facing room, or closer to windows in a room that doesn't get much direct sunshine
- 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
- 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 climate and temperature is right.
- React to what your plant is telling you
- Too much sun: the soil will become baked, the leaves dry and brown with scorched patches
- Too little sun: your plant will lean towards the light, leaves will droop and stems will be weak and
- Clean plant leaves - If your plant is showing symptoms of not getting enough light, one reason could be because there is a layer of dust on the leaves blocking the light from being absorbed. 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.
- 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.