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What the heck is "Bright Indirect Light" anyway?

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

If you're just getting into house plants, you'll hear, bright indirect light referred to all the time.

So what exactly does this head scratching term mean. Wellllll, lots of things really. I'll try to make some sense of it for you.

One way to control the amount of light your plants receive is to move them back from the window so the direct sun doesn't shine right on them. They get the brightness, but not the hot burning rays that can damage foliage.

Another option is diffusing the sun. This can happen by adding a sheer to your window. Maybe there's a great tree outside to break up direct hot sun. Or hanging your full sun loving plants in the window will also reduce the harshness for the indirect lovers.

What direct is the window facing? Also what time of year is it? Remember the sun is not in the same place in the sky all year here in the great white north:)

South is the hottest and sunniest.

East is morning, gentler sun.

West is afternoon, and a bit stronger.

North is the least sunny, hardly any direct sun.

What time of day is it when the light comes in the window is a good indicator too.

The sun is bright, but less harsh early in the morning, or late in the afternoon.

You may very well find you have different places within your home for certain plants depending on the time of year it is. You can attest to the strength of the sun you're standing in, in July verses December. Plants don't care for sunscreen.

I hope this has shed some light (hee hee) on the subject for you.

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Thanks for stopping by. ~ Sheri.

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