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How to Determine Sunlight Levels for Houseplants

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Determining the right lighting level for houseplants is not an exact science. Other factors, like temperature, humidity, duration of sunlight and the temperament of the plant itself will all make a difference. But here is a simple breakdown to use when determining if a houseplant will be happy in your home and where to place it once you bring it home.

  • Bright Light: Bright light means a sunny southern or western facing window with bright, direct light all day long.

  • Indirect Light: Indirect light can be either an eastern facing bright window or in the interior of a room with a southern or western facing window that receives full light.

  • Low Light: Many rooms qualify as low light, especially in winter. Rooms with north facing windows, rooms partially shaded by outdoor trees and even tables set too far in to receive much light from a window, would all qualify as low light situations.

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