Just wanted to start this off by saying thanks for stopping by!
It’s our first plant post, and if you can’t tell I’m rather excited.
Keeping with the nature of new beginnings I thought it best to discuss something fundamental; something that most of us probably don’t even think about in our everyday lives. And that, in a simpler sense, is the concept of light.
Those of us that remember our early scientific experience, understand the idea that plants “eat” light and see it as old news. But for others, this notion could be exactly what’s preventing you from having the perfect plant partner you’ve been dreaming of.
And to be honest, one could talk for hours about the important factors that go into light and its effect(s) on your plants, but fort the sake of time let us glaze over some ideas and come back later to talk more in depth.
First and foremost location, location, location. Meaning how close, or how far, your plant is from its source of light, or “food”.
Certain species evolved to do better in bright, warm places…
…while others may prefer a more indirect light and somewhat cooler spaces.
Being aware of where your light is located and how it changes throughout the day is an important note to take when deciding where to place your plants.
To take it to the next step; knowing the intensity of your light is also equally as important.
In this context you can think of the intensity of light being directly affected by the time of day in which the light is reaching into your home.
The early and late hours of the day, when the Sun is rising/setting, produce the ‘softest’ light available. While not as intense, or direct, this type of light is easy on your plants and provides “food” that all plant-types can benefit from.
During midday, when the Sun is highest, produces direct and intense light that not many species can withstand for long periods of time, and if left unchecked can cause serious damage to some of your plants.
Knowing which type of light you’re working with can be the key to unlocking your collection’s full potential.
Direction of Home
The last concept I’ll leave you with is the notion that you begin to recognize, and utilize, the direction in which your home sits.
Bringing back another flashback from grade school; the direction in which the Sun moves…Wait, it’s coming back now.
The Sun rises in the East & sets in the West.
Knowing what wall(s) have a window will step up your awareness as you begin to notice how much time the light is spending in each part of your home.
To give a better understanding just imagine your house sits perfectly on the four lines, with your front door facing due North.
Two of your walls have a single window, and so you can begin to imagine the Sun rising from the East.
That first window on your East (right) side will be filled with light as the Sun comes up, but your West (left) facing window will be empty most of the day as it won’t have any light come through until after the Sun has passed over the house at midday.
Like I said, all of these topics could be talked about at length on their own. I may end up doing that, but for now take a breath.
You’ve made it to the end.
Hopefully this helps you see you have all it takes to build on your passion for plants. It was a bit lengthy, but I wanted to share as much as I could.
So for now, till next time.