Plants can definitely seem intimidating, but I can assure you that there is a plant for everyone. That's right, you don't have to have a "green-thumb" or in some cases, much light to have thriving plants. Before you begin your search, it's important to understand lighting. If you haven't already, assess your space and compare it here: Light Guide – Pilea Plants and Things. Essentially, sunlight is plant food. Without good meals, it will eventually well...you know. 😥
So, let's break this down:
☀️Bright, direct light: This is an area that receives full sun. Cacti thrive here. Not many plants can withstand this kind of exposer for long periods of time without getting sunburned. Here's a good test: if you're able to feel hot or potentially sunburn, then so will your plant.
🌤️Bright, indirect light: This is the sweet spot. Most plants like alocasias love it here. Some call this "filtered light". You can think of this as a window covered by a shear curtain. If you're not sure about what lighting your plant needs, this is probably it.
🌥️Medium, Indirect light: Hallway lighting is a good way to think of it. You don't need to turn a light on to see during the day, but the lighting could be better. Plants like ferns enjoy this kind of light. Most plants will probably start growing slower here but will stay alive.
☁️Low, indirect light: Honestly, no plant really enjoys being here, but some, like the ZZ and Pothos, won't complain. A dark corner of a room or a basement is a good example. See how your plant does but consider purchasing a grow light to supplement.
Hopefully, you understand your light situation. Now, it's time set yourself up for further success. Be realistic with how much time and effort you want to give towards your plants. The plant life should be fun and far from stressful! So, while some plants might be beautiful or popular, be sure they are realistic for you and your living space. To make things easier, there are care instructions for all of our plant friends which includes a bit of information about lighting and watering. There are even plants sorted by experience and style in our Collections.
Take your time and enjoy finding your green friends. Remember, if you're unsure about your plant's light needs, it's more than likely bright, indirect light.
Feel free to leave any comments or questions below! 😊