Cacti Plant Care and Lighting Needs, direct light

What is Direct Light & The Plants That Thrive in It

Why are lighting condition so important to your houseplants? Light is essential for your plant to thrive, but too much or even too little light can set you up for a planty nightmare. Have your come across terms like low-light, bright light or indirect light when shopping for or describing the care for your leafy loved ones? These lighting indicators give insight to your plant's natural habitat and the environment it needs to thrive. 

This is part one of a four part series on different houseplant lighting conditions to simplify your plant shopping experience and set you up for success!

Starting off strong with the intense rays of direct light! Most houseplants are native to tropical regions, living in the shade of lush canopies of the rainforests. But we can't forget about those desert babes that thrive in full sun.

What is Direct Light?

Direct light refers to sunlight that reaches plants without any obstruction. In the states, you'll find these bright light conditions in South or West facing windows, closest to the window sill.

Plants That Thrive in Direct Light

  • Cacti
  • Aloe Vera
  • Echeveria
  • Palms
  • Bird of Paradise 
  • Croton


Plant Care Tips for Growing in Direct Light

  1. Monitor Exposure: Pay attention to how much direct sunlight your plants receive throughout the day. Some plants when exposed to too much direct sun will experience leaf burning. 

  2. Rotate Your Plants: To ensure even growth, rotate your plants regularly (we recommend every water),

  3. Increase your Watering Routine: Plants in direct sunlight may require more frequent watering to prevent them from drying out. However, be cautious not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.

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Essentials for happy plants: