There are no doubts, the plants bring joy in every environment, however, we often ask ourselves which ones we can grow in low light conditions.

In reality, there are no indoor plants but plants that adapt well to indoor environments. Plants, in their natural habitat, grow in nature, it is we who try to imitate this habitat in our homes. Since not all plants all grow in sunny environments, we can place them in the living room, living room or kitchen, or on our terraces or balconies facing north.

The light needs of horticultural plants

When we plan a vegetable garden, light is one of the main factors to consider, on which the success of the crops depends. However, what can we do if we only have placed with low light available?

If your dream is to grow plants of tomatoes, peppers, aubergines or melons, you will have to try to position them so that they can enjoy maximum exposure to direct sun. The sun directly affects their leaves to give them enough energy to form the flowers from which the fruits will subsequently grow.

So what if they don’t get enough hours of sunshine? Plants will grow, developing many leaves and then spreading. In their own way, they are trying to get as much light as possible. Similarly, the same happens for example with two plants that we often find in the gardens, roses or bougainvillea, which come to form high hedges and whose flowers adorn the tops, exactly where they receive the most hours of sunshine.

The same thing will happen with fruit plants, with the risk that they will not be able to produce them. A waste of time, space and resources on our part.

What to grow in a garden that receives little light?

There are many other horticultural varieties that we can grow in semi-shade or in low sun conditions, which are also very productive even if planted in small pots and planters.

This group includes all those varieties of which we consume green leaves, such as salad, lettuce, rocket, and watercress.

Even those that grow underground, such as turnips, onions, carrots and even garlic.

The aromatic herbs, such as mint, the parsley, the chives, the basil, and the Oregano prefer an area in semi-shade, such as the window onto an interior patio of your kitchen.

Remember that it is not by continuing to water them that these plants will grow faster or faster. It is a very common mistake we often fall to compensate for the lack of sunshine hours.

How to place plants in a space with little light

If you have doubts about the number of hours of sunshine that your terrace, garden or balcony receives, we suggest you draw a plan of the space and, during a day, mark the areas on which the sun beats; it will serve as a guide for you to position the plants. Start with the ones that need more light, leaving the plants that grow well in semi-shaded areas last.

Painting the balcony or terrace white is another way to increase the amount of light the plants receive. Use exterior paint suitable for the material of the walls.

Another suggestion, but not always practicable, is to try to deflect sunlight through mirrors made with polystyrene panels covered with an aluminum foil. A somewhat strange solution that works!

Ornamental plants that grow well in low light

We can also recommend some ornamental plants that grow well in low light. Some of them reach considerable heights and are ideal for decorating living rooms and living rooms.

The beaucarnea, the potos or Sansevieria grow well in bright places, such as near windows. The chlorophyte, the spathiphyllum, the aspidistra, the anthurium or the dieffenbachia are medium-sized plants, ideal for the living room table or shelves.

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