"Cop lights, flashlights, strobe lights" -kanye WEST
"I have light, but not a lot..."
"I have light, but not a lot.."
"I get really bright light near the window..."
"I'm not sure if my apartment has enough light..."
"How much light does this plant need?..."
When choosing a plant it is important to know what type of light you have to choose the correct plant for your space. General maintenance and watering schedule aside, it is all about placing the right plant in the right space. But how do you measure light?
The easiest way is a simple compass. A compass pointed at your desired window at any time of day can tell you exactly what direction your apartment faces. N, NW, NE... etc. you get the point.
There are several different apps, tools and such available in today's market, however before jumping into purchasing these tools, save your money and ask yourself the following question:
What time of day is your light the brightest?
If your apartment is bright in the beginning of the day you have East Facing windows (ya know because the sun rises in the east..) and typically, but not always, has ambient indirect lighting through out the day. If your apartment is bright towards the end of the day you have West Facing windows and quite bright throughout the day with minimal shadows.
If your apartment is very bright all day long with strong light, you have South Facing windows. If your light is dim all day you have North Facing windows.
This is an easy guide that you can do simply from understanding your space, but I always use the compass on my phone to be sure!
Click the links above to see my list of recommended plants for each type of light!