All indoor plants require adequate lighting. Some plants thrive in low light conditions, while others need bright indirect sunlight. Yet how important is sunlight for the growth of your indoor plants? How much light do these plants need? Let’s find out!
Indoor plants do not require direct sunlight for survival. Provided the plant selection is the right one, most plants can grow in indirect sunlight or even under low lighting conditions. Artificial lighting can supplement natural lighting if your room doesn’t get enough of it.
A plant’s water requirements differ as much as their lighting requirements. If a low lighting plant is put in a bright light, it is likely to be scorched.
Low lighting conditions will hinder the growth of plants that need bright lighting. The lighting requirements of your plant should be understood, so provide them with optimum lighting.
Importance of lighting for indoor plants
We need to learn why lighting is required for the first place before we can learn about the lighting requirement of different plants.
Moreover, indoor plants also require light for the process of photosynthesis. Of course, we already knew that.
When we first get into the hobby and learn about all the fertilizers and nutrients, many think they are the plant’s food. This is not the case at all.
By utilizing light and gases from the environment, plants use photosynthesis to produce food. Therefore, it is essential to provide adequate lighting so the plants can grow and proliferate.
Also, lighting helps the soil dry out, which is essential if you have a problem with overwatering your plants.
Indoor plant lighting requirements
|Plants Name||Light Required||Preferred spot|
|Rubber plants||Medium Light||5-7 Feet away from window|
|Pothos||Medium-Bright Light||Near south window filtered with sheer curtain|
|Monstera||Bright Lighting||3-5 Feet away from southern window|
|Snake plants||Low-Medium Lighting||Living room, Study Table, Bathroom|
|Spider plants||Medium Lighting||5-7 Feet away from window|
|Dracaena||Low-Medium Lighting||3-5 feet away from Eastern or western window|
|ZZ plant||Low-Medium Lighting||Living room, Study Table, Bathroom|
|Ivy||Low-Medium Lighting||3-5 feet away from Eastern or western window|
|Peace lily||Medium-Bright Light||5-7 Feet away from window|
|Money Tree||Medium Light||3-5 feet away from Eastern or western window|
|Lucky bamboo||Low-Medium Lighting||Living room, Study room|
|Areca palm||Medium-Bright Light||Living room, bedroom, near a window|
|Aloevera||Medium-Bright Light||A window sill|
|Bird’s Nest Fern||Low-Medium Lighting||Bathroom, Living room|
|Daisies||Bright Lighting||Near window sill|
|Wax begonia||Medium-Bright Light||3-5 feet away from window|
|Philodendron||Medium-Bright Light||3-5 feet away from window|
|Peperomia||Bright Lighting||3-5 feet away from window|
|Fittonia||Medium-Bright Light||5-7 Feet away from window|
|Club moss||Low-Medium Lighting||Bathroom, living room|
|Parlor palm||Low lighting||Living room, Study room|
|Calathea||Low-Medium Lighting||5-7 Feet away from window|
|Boston fern||Medium-Bright Light||3-5 feet away from window|
|Christmas cactus||Medium-Bright Light||Near window sill|
|Air plant||Bright Lighting||Living room, Study room near window|
Can indoor plants survive without sunlight?
For most indoor plants to survive, indirect sunlight will be required. However, the growth will not be as good as natural lighting conditions. Although some low light plants will thrive with artificial light supplementation, the health will be less than when grown in the absence of sunlight.
Therefore, it can be concluded that some indoor plants can survive in the absence of sunlight, but they will need a light supplement in the form of natural sunlight.
Direct, intense sunlight is best avoided since most indoor plants dislike intense lighting, as it can scorch the leaves.
What indoor plants don’t need sunlight?
To grow and survive, all indoor plants will require some light daily. There will need to be some light source provided to your plants for them to survive, whether you provide artificial light or have a small window which lets in natural sunlight.
However, does that mean you can’t grow plants in a room with little natural light? Not at all! A variety of plants can grow in low lighting conditions, and even with artificial light supplements. Some of these include:
|ZZ plant||Chinese evergreen||Some variety of Dracaena||Cast Iron Plant||Silver queen|
|Bromeliads||Dracaena||English Ivy||Dumb cane||Parlor palm|
|Snake plant||Maidenhair fern||Peacock Plant||Pothos||Prayer plant|
|Spider plant||Staghorn Fern||Sago palm||Marimo Moss Ball||Calathea|
|Weeping Fig Tree||Wax Plant||Lucky bamboo||Bird’s nest fern||Red Aglaonema|
|Dragon tree||Peperomia Obtusfolia||Club moss||Arrowhead plant|
How much sunlight does an indoor plant need?
A typical indoor plant needs 6-10 hours of sunlight a day. Although some indoor flowering plants like peace lilies require 10-12 hours of sunlight, other plants like the ZZ and snake plant can thrive in just 6-8 hours.
There is also a difference between light requirements for medium-bright light plants and low light plants.
Most low light plants need a minimum of 6 hours of light to survive, whereas bright light plants require 10-12 hours of lighting for any significant growth.
In most cases, a spot that receives at least 8 hours of lighting daily is ideal for most indoor plants. The plant’s lighting needs must be supplemented by supplemental lighting if it gets less than this amount of light.
Some people also end up using 24 hour grow light packs as they believe it will give their plants an extra boost of growth. This might adversely affect the plant’s health since most plants also require 8-10 hours of darkness to rest.
You should thus ensure that your plants are provided with adequate lighting. In addition, you need to understand that different plants have different lighting requirements, so you need to provide each plant with the right type of environment.
Is it possible to grow indoor plants without sunlight?
You can’t grow greenery in a room where there is no window or the light is inadequate.
This is not true! Even though a room does not receive natural light, it is possible to keep certain plants. However, you must care for them properly. Here are some things to remember:
- Look for plants that don’t need much sunlight, for example Marimo Mossball, Calathea, etc.
- Place the plant at the spot that receives the maximum amount of light.
- Consider additional light sources such as grow lights, floor lamps, table lamps, etc.
- The plant needs to be alternated with a plant outside once or twice a month. Put any other plant outside in the room, for example, if you have a ZZ plant in the room.
- Overwatering can be a problem if there is insufficient lighting, as the water won’t evaporate quickly.
- Light the plant as much as you can so that it can receive some light and survive.
- In addition, remember to transition the plant into your room slowly. It is likely that a plant will wilt if it is brought into a brightly lit nursery area and placed in a dimly lit room. Take your time transitioning it.
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