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Six Essential Elements For Successful House Plant Care

Feb 24, 2008
You must keep the following six factors in mind when you are planning on successfully growing houseplants:

* Light and Sun
* Temperature
* Humidity
* Ventilation
* Watering
* Cleaning

Along with all of that - summer care. It is simple, but important, to take these factors into consideration. Below you can find details on the first of these factors, light and sun.

Light and Sun

Before you decide which plants to purchase, make sure you have the correct light for it somewhere in your home. Some plants need direct sunlight, whereas others thrive in reflected sunlight. It is typically good to place plants near a south facing window if you have a choice.

Windows that face south receive the most sunlight, followed by eastern, west, and finally northern facing windows. Not all plants need the direct sunlight, but you can provide shade for plants more easily if you need to. It is impossible to add light to an area that doesn't receive enough sunlight, however. A perfect gardening situation is to have a bay window facing south.

Foliage and flowers grown in sunlight naturally grow towards the light. If you want to be able to see the flowers well from inside, you should turn the plants every couple of days. You don't have to turn them as often if you want to show off the flowers to people outside. The plants will grow lopsided if you never turn them at all, however.

Even though plenty of plants grow well without direct sunlight, all plants need some kind of light to grow even house plants considered to be low light plants. Photosynthesis is a necessary process of plant growth, and light is the main ingredient. If a plant is not receiving enough light, the leaves will begin to lose their luster. After that, the plant will begin to droop, and the leaves will fall off. Eventually, even with adequate water and nutrients, the plant will die.
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