How To Grow Indoor Plants
BBC Earth|May - June 2020
How To Grow Indoor Plants
Stuck at home and cultivating a houseplant habIt? botanist Alastair Culham explains how to keep them happy, healthy, and alive…
Alastair Culham

LET THERE BE LIGHT

Light is the most important environmental factor to keep houseplants healthy. They need it for photosynthesis. If you’ve got decent light levels, they will photosynthesise more than they respire. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t grow.

CONSIDER YOUR WINDOWS

When the Sun is shining through south-facing windows, you get the most intense light. So that’s where you put your cacti and bromeliads. North-facing windows rarely get direct sunlight, so this is where you put plants intolerant of bright light, so things like maidenhair fern. East- and west-facing windows get intermediate light levels, so the Epipremnum and tradescantia do well.

LED LIGHTS HELP PLANTS GROW

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