What does it mean to put a plant in indirect light?
Exposing indoor plants to the optimum light level for the species has much to do with the ultimate success or failure of the plant. However, most houseplants are tropical plants that flourish in indirect light, which means that the plant receives bright light. However, no sunlight falls directly on the foliage.
Other plants, such as peace lily or Chinese evergreen, tolerate low light. However, most houseplants are tropical plants that flourish in indirect light, which means that the plant receives bright light. However, no sunlight falls directly on the foliage.
- Simply put, direct light means that there is nothing between the light source and the area that is subjected to light. If the area is not receiving direct lighting, but is still illuminated to a certain degree, this means that this area is receiving indirect light.
- Direct Lighting. (Term of lighting design) Lighting provided from a source without reflection from other surfaces. In daylighting, this means that the light has travelled on a straight path from the sky (or the sun) to the point of interest.
- Plants that grow in medium light are the perfect plant. They like light, so bright light is good, but not direct light. They're good to go near a west or southeast window. Keep reading to find out more about what indoor plants do well in medium light conditions.
The intensity of sunlight when passed through glass is diminished considerably, and UVB rays are typically blocked by the glass. Why then do people say sunlight through a window is "direct sunlight" is it a semantic trick meant to substitute for "the most direct light possible in a house without opening a window?"
- Plants absorb light energy and turn it into energy through photosynthesis. It's important to know that natural sunlight coming through a window is not as strong as sunlight outside, and the intensity of the light drops rapidly the further the plant is moved from the window.
- South facing windows are the best with bright sun all day, good for any plants with variegation or trees like citrus and banana. If a plant needs medium light, just locate it to the side (perfect for orchids) or a few feet away from the window.
- The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) A, UVB, and UVC rays. Vitamin D is produced by the body when the skin is hit by UVB rays, with 7-dehydrocholesterol being the resulting chemical. But most glass windows block this wavelength meaning you can't reap the health benefits.
Is there a meaningful difference between direct and indirect light. "Direct" means that the light goes from the source to your eye without intermediary, and "indirect" means that the light bounces one or more times off other objects before entering your eye.
- (Term of lighting design) Lighting that is mixed from direct sources and indirect reflection. In daylighting this means that some part of the light of the sky or the sun is bounced off some surface, while at least part of the sky is still visible from the point in question.
- Light is a key factor in growing healthy orchids. Direct sunlight may cause plants to burn, and too little light will prevent plants from flowering. An ideal location is behind curtains or window blinds. If you receive your plant by mail, expose it to light gradually in stages over a period of several weeks.
- They are easy-to-please houseguests and survive indoor conditions with minimal effort. Succulents survive dry indoor environments thanks to special adaptations – fleshy leaves, thick stems or enlarged roots – that allow the plants to hoard water. Most people are familiar with cacti, which are a type of succulent.
Updated: 17th October 2019