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You go to a garden center and all the plants seem to thrive in either full sun or the sunny side of partial sun. What are you to do if you want to grow plants indoors? On your porch? In the shade?
Most places in which you’ll want to grow plants will not receive the “ideal” full sun all day, but that doesn’t mean you lack options. We’ve assembled this guide as a handy reference tool as you plan out your garden.
This is a great place to remind you to not let perfect be the enemy of good. Even the most experienced gardener has some plants die off. Each plant is different, and some are just not “meant to be.” Don’t let plant death discourage you from this hobby or lose faith in your skills. That said, you can always learn something knew, so keep reading and discussing with your fellow gardeners.
Basics About Sun Exposure
Before we proceed, it’s important to define the different measures of light on plants. Most plants that you buy have labels on them that detail out their sun requirements, though often they are in terms of the following grades:
If you’re shopping online, you can often filter based on sun exposure, e.g. full-sun shrubs.
Traditionally we think of gardening as an outdoor activity, but growing indoors is easier than you think! You get the added benefit of being around your plants more, and of having some flexibility in terms of where you place them. A good rule of thumb is to look for plants that do best between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, since that’s the range of normal in household temperatures.
Here are some more tips to get you started:
Growing a tree indoors can make a bold statement in a room, and yet many people don’t think to grow them inside! Because you control the climate and the trees live a relatively stress-free life, you can get tons of fruit for your labor.