How Much Light To Give Your Houseplants - Front + Main

If you’ve been known to inadvertently murder your plants on one or more occasions, there is a chance that the light in your home had something to do with it. In nature, a plant might live anywhere from the sun-drenched earth of the desert to the shadow-dappled floor of a humid rainforest. That is to say, plant life can be suited to a number of different habitats, each with their own types of light. A cactus needs bright, direct light most of the day to be happy, while the easygoing snake plant will do just fine being neglected in an apartment that faces a brick air-shaft. Want your own plants to live their best lives? Use this handy-dandy guide from our pals at The Sill!

Must have full sun for most of the day or be in the window

    Aloe vera
    Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

Must have direct sun for some of the day.

    Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
    Majesty Palm
    Money tree (Pachira)
    Begonia rex
    Staghorn Fern (Platycerium)


    Birds Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
    Sword Fern species

Can exist more than 10 feet away from a window

    Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
    Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
    ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

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