Plant placement

In my old life, and before I couldn't stop thinking about plants, I used to bring home a plant from a hardware or grocery store and put it where I thought it looked cute. Now I know why they used to not survive. I was playing the sun lottery. I also wasn't really thinking about my plant as something with essential needs. Sun is as important to plants as it is to people. It's not too late to move your sad plant around after reading this. You can open up the compass app that came on your iPhone that you never use and start finding the right window for your plant.

General rule:

South facing window- strongest sun. put a sun lover like a cactus, succulent, croton
West facing window- afternoon sun, as sun sets here. Decent light. Bromeilads, Scheffleras and many sun lovers do well here, particularly in the summer.
East facing window- morning sun, as sun rises here. Good light, but less light in winter months in New England. Indirect light plants do well here.
North facing window- generally weakest of all windows. Philodendron, begonia, English ivy, pathos, orchids, Chinese evergreen, peace lily, fittonia, snake plant, z plant all do well in low light. 


Another factor to consider in plant placement is to ensure that they aren't exposed to extreme drafts or heat. Some of my plants are fine 6 months out of the year, but when the heat goes on my ferns get too dry. In the summer one of my spider plants burns in the north east window, but doesn't the rest of the year.

When you see your plants having uneven growth try turning them 1/4 turn every week. When excess light hits only part of a plant a hormone called auxins are released from the cell and elongates the tips of the plant longer than other parts of the plant. 

The bottom line is that when you get a new plant just do a quick google and see what kind of sun your plant prefers.

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 only real reason to use the compass app☝️

Maryann Gibbons