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The health of your indoor house plants is in your hands. You have control over the amount and frequency of water your indoor plants receive. You also have some control over the other elements of your tropical house plants care, including adequate lighting, proper temperatures, relative humidity and, to some extent, air quality. Keep in mind that proper watering is directly related to lighting, temperature and other environmental conditions.

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Indoor Plants & Light

Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to keep and maintain your tropical plants in a temperature controlled greenhouse?. It is easy to provide the correct lighting in a greenhouse for optimal growth. Most of us do not have this option and have to make use of our homes interior lighting.

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If you have large windows, skylights or a sunroom, it will be much easier to keep your plants in a good light situation. However, when keeping tropical plants inside your home, it is often not possible to give them the optimal lighting that they need. A compromise must be made and most plants will adapt to lower light situations.

Light is an essential element for a plant's health. Photosynthesis cannot take place without a certain amount of light. Lower light means slower growth, less water and reduced need for nutrients. Place your indoor plants as close to a natural source of light as possible without exposing them to hot, direct sunlight.

If necessary, you can group them together near a window, under a skylight, in a greenhouse window or in a sunroom or enclosed porch.

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Elements of Light

There are three elements to consider regarding the light your plants receive. The quality of light refers to the light waves coming from the light source. The sun will provide the full spectrum that plants require and for that reason is preferable to artificial light sources. Artificial light can be used and fluorescent lights work well, especially if a combination of warm white and cool white fluorescents are used.

Use whichever works for your situation or a combination of both. One positive about using fluorescent lighting is it remains constant throughout the day and throughout the year. The sun's light will vary during the day and from season to season.

Light duration and intensity are the other two elements of light to consider. The duration of light required for most indoor plants is somewhere between 8 hours and 15 hours of light each day. The light intensity is its brightness and is often measured in foot candles using a light meter.

The light intensity in many areas of a home is much less than an indoor plant needs to continue healthy growth. Light intensity will vary depending on the time of day, the weather, the season and other things. The only way to ensure a constant light intensity is to use artificial lighting.

If you have a light meter to test indoor light intensity you can measure this and if not, it may be helpful to know that the average indoor light intensity can vary from 15-500 foot candles. Most indoor house plants are going to do okay somewhere between 75 and 250 foot candles. Flowering house plants are generally going to need to be at the higher end of that range.

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