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3 Tips to Grow Plants in Low Lighting

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Hi , happy Mother's Day weekend to you all. I hope you have some special family time planned this weekend or - at the very least - some time carved out to spend w your growing plant family :) If you missed our special Mother's Day set and are in a pinch for a lovely gift, it's not too late have a Gift Card sent in time to that special someone. We send these by email and are delivered immediately. You find find a link to that here!

Now it's time to talk low light plants! 

It's pretty common to maximize rooms with great lighting to grow the majority of your plants, but what do you do with rest of them when the windows are small or non existent? Let's go through 3 tips on how to bring life into those darker rooms. 

3 Tips on Growing Plants in Low Light Rooms

First let's talk about lighting. Good light for many house plants doesn't necessarily mean direct light or sitting immediately next to a window sill. Indirect lighting - the sort of lighting you get next to or opposite a big window - can work wonders for you indoor plants. So if you are limiting your houseplants to window sill real estate, try utilizing spaces with good indirect lighting first, before following the steps below. 

For everyone who's truly exhausted usable lit areas OR has an interior room or wall that they just can't get plants to stay alive in, these next tips are for you: 

  1. Setup a Plant Rotation: many plants can survive a week or two of little to no natural light without showing much wear. If you are diligent with routines, rotating a few plants in and out of low light areas is a great way to bring plant life to unlit parts of your home. Something like 2 weeks in low light to 4 weeks in lit areas is an ideal rotation!
  2. Get a Grow Light: I keep a few of these SolTech Grow Lights around my home and they really do work wonders for a dark corner. If rotating plants sounds like too much work, utilizing a quality grow light like this is all that's needed to turn an unlit room into a garden oasis. We know these SolTech lights aren't the cheapest BUT the light spectrum for growing is excellent and just as important, it is a pleasant intensity and hue for your room. Cheaper lights will have blues and pinks that never feel right. 
  3. Select the Right Plants: if you are working with a genuinely low light environment - some natural light but not enough for all plants - you may just need the right plant selection. If this is you, here's my list of plants you'll want to prioritize for this space. 1) Snake plants are my all-time favorite low light plant, they are extremely slow to propagate but their light requirements are next to zero 2) angel wing begonias of all types are also a big winner for low light environments but do have higher humidity requirements than most, ideal for low light bathrooms that benefit from a steamy shower 3) ctenanthe and ctenanthe setosa both do great in low light environments but again, like extra humidity if possible 4) peperomia obtusifolia are the last on my list for low light winners, and one without the humidity needs of some of the others on this list! 
Beyond the above - plants in water will always benefit from frequent water refreshes, so aim for every 2 to 4 weeks for these plants whenever possible! 
 
Here's a favorite low-light bathroom for a little inspo: 
 
 
Happy mother's day weekend to you all, 
Conrad 

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Hi , happy Mother's Day weekend to you all. I hope you have some special family time planned this weekend or - at the very least - some time carved out to spend w your growing plant family :) If you missed our special Mother's Day set and are in a pinch for a lovely gift, it's not too late have a Gift Card sent in time to that special someone. We send these by email and are delivered immediately. You find find a link to that here! Now it's time to talk low light plants!  It's pretty common to maximize rooms with great lighting to grow the majority of your plants, but what do you do with rest of them when the windows are small or non existent? Let's go through 3 tips on how to bring life into those darker rooms.  3 Tips on Growing Plants in Low Light Rooms First let's talk about lighting. Good light for many house plants doesn't necessarily mean direct light or sitting immediately next to a window sill. Indirect lighting - the sort of lighting you get next to or opposite a big window - can work wonders for you indoor plants. So if you are limiting your houseplants to window sill real estate, try utilizing spaces with good indirect lighting first, before following the steps below.  For everyone who's truly exhausted usable lit areas OR has an interior room or wall that they just can't get plants to stay alive in, these next tips are for you:  1. Setup a Plant Rotation: many plants can survive a week or two of little to no natural light without showing much wear. If you are diligent with routines, rotating a few plants in and out of low light areas is a great way to bring plant life to unlit parts of your home. Something like 2 weeks in low light to 4 weeks in lit areas is an ideal rotation! 2. Get a Grow Light: I keep a few of these SolTech Grow Lights around my home and they really do work wonders for a dark corner. If rotating plants sounds like too much work, utilizing a quality grow light like this is all that's needed to turn an unlit room into a garden oasis. We know these SolTech lights aren't the cheapest BUT the light spectrum for growing is excellent and just as important, it is a pleasant intensity and hue for your room. Cheaper lights will have blues and pinks that never feel right.  3. Select the Right Plants: if you are working with a genuinely low light environment - some natural light but not enough for all plants - you may just need the right plant selection. If this is you, here's my list of plants you'll want to prioritize for this space. 1) Snake plants are my all-time favorite low light plant, they are extremely slow to propagate but their light requirements are next to zero 2) angel wing begonias of all types are also a big winner for low light environments but do have higher humidity requirements than most, ideal for low light bathrooms that benefit from a steamy shower 3) ctenanthe and ctenanthe setosa both do great in low light environments but again, like extra humidity if possible 4) peperomia obtusifolia are the last on my list for low light winners, and one without the humidity needs of some of the others on this list!  Beyond the above - plants in water will always benefit from frequent water refreshes, so aim for every 2 to 4 weeks for these plants whenever possible!  Here's a favorite low-light bathroom for a little inspo:  Happy mother's day weekend to you all,  Conrad 
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