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What Kind of Light Does my Home Get?

What Kind of Light Does my Home Get?

Understanding the light exposure patterns of your home will help you choose plants that will more naturally thrive in your space! The truth is, which plants are considered “easy” will be greatly influenced by your own care style and the conditions of your home. So, let’s break it down.

North-facing Windows: Your room receives little to no sunlight. 

If your room experiences virtually no sunlight, you most likely have windows that are north-facing. Because the sun rises in the East, sets in the West, and moves clockwise through the South, the sun only passes on the North during the night, when it is shining on the other side of the globe. This means that if you lived on the other side of the Earth, you would experience sunlight through West, North, and East-facing windows, but not the South. For rooms with minimal sun exposure, the plants that will do best are:

  • Pothos
  • Snake Plants
  • Peace Lilies
  • Chinese Evergreens
  • Cast Iron Plants
  • Nerve Plants
  • Ferns

East-facing Windows: Your room receives morning sunlight.

From an unobstructed window, you probably get a pretty decent view of the sunrise, and indirect light throughout the morning. The best plants for rooms with east-facing windows are: 

  • Areca Palms
  • Monstera Deliciosa
  • Fiddle Leaf Figs
  • Umbrella Trees
  • Hoya
  • Calatheas
  • Prayer Plants

South-facing Windows: Your room receives morning and afternoon sunlight.

From late morning through late afternoon, the sun is passing across your room, giving your plants prolonged sun exposure throughout the middle of the day. The best plants for South-facing windows are:

  • Money Plants
  • Bird of Paradise
  • String of Hearts
  • Ponytail Palm
  • Citrus Trees
  • Jade Plants

West-facing Windows: Your room receives afternoon sunlight. 

From mid afternoon until sunset, your room receives direct sunlight, making it the best place for:

  • Jasmine
  • Croton
  • AIr Plants
  • Aloe
  • Cacti

Armed with this knowledge and an understanding of your environment, you can select plants that will thrive in your home! You can shop our collection of plants online or visit us in Downtown Renton, where we would be happy to make additional recommendations and answer any questions you may have!

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