All plants need some light in order to thrive, although some such as snake plants can cope better with light shade (and can even survive with no natural light). In general most plants prefer bright indirect light, for example the middle part of a south facing room. A few plants, typically succulents prefer direct sunshine, and others such as peace lilies prefer light shade. We have specific instructions for each plant on its product page.
If plants are getting too much light they may get burnt, typical signs are very dry soil, brown and crispy leaves and brown patches. Most plants can not cope with direct afternoon sunshine particularly in the hotter summer months.
If your plant has limp leaves and stems, and for variegated plants if the variegation is missing on new leaves, this can be a sign that your plant is not getting enough light.
You should also wipe down leaves every few weeks to remove dust and help light absorption.
Most indoor plants will benefit from liquid plant fertiliser or slow-release pellets. Fertiliser will give your plants a top-up of nutrients that have been absorbed from your plant compost. In general we recommend diluting liquid fertiliser with water to half the strength recommended on the bottle.
You should only fertilise your plants during the growing phase in Spring and Summer.
Add half strength liquid fertiliser to your plants when you water them. In general we recommend adding the fertiliser monthly or twice a month. We have specific instructions on each plant product page.
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