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  • Juliette
    The founder of My City Plants

    Plant Light Guide

    How to Choose the Right Plant for Your Space’s Lighting

    plant light guide


    Choosing a plant can be intimidating.

    Especially when you read the phrases Bright, Medium & Low Light and think... “Wait, so what’s the difference?”

    Don’t worry. It’s easier than you think.


    These are the 3 main factors that determine lighting:

    • how far the spot is from a window
    • which direction that window is facing
    • what’s in front of the window (i.e. is there direct or partial light coming in?)
    Determine Light


    Keeping those in mind, let’s figure out what kind of lighting your plant will need. And remember: You should always pick a spot first, then choose a plant that works best there.

    It’s a common mistake to do this in the opposite order and that’s when you end up with a plant in the wrong kind of lighting. (If you want help choosing a good spot, see our Home Plant Guide or our Office Plant Guide.) 


    How to Know Your Light Level

    Use the quick-start chart below to see which is best for the spot you’ve chosen.




    What’s outside your building can also affect the light your plant will get, so here’s an easy test to make sure you’ve got it right.

    At noon — when the sun is brightest — stand in the spot where you want your plant to live. Look down at your shadow, and if it’s a...

    • Strong, well-defined shadow, then you’re swimming in Bright Light.
    • Weak shadow but you can still make out the silhouette, you’re working with Medium Light.
    • Faint shadow without much definition, it’s a Low Light spot.

    And that’s it! 

    Now that you know what light you have, all that’s left is finding the plant you want.

    We deliver beautiful potted plants   in planters with sub-irrigation system anywhere in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Jersey City, Hoboken & Edgewater.

    😍 ✂️ Check Out My Favorite Tools/Materials:

    🌿 Soil moisture meter 

    🌿 Lechuza planters

    🌿 Essential Plant Hydration & Nutrients Kit

    🌿 Watering can

    🌿 Large watering can

    🌿 Energy PRO pressure 360 sprayer

    🌿 Potting mix

    🌿 Fertilizer

    🌿 Indoor thermometer and humidity gauge

    🌿 Scissors

    🌿 Sharp knife

    🌿 Plant support stakes

    🌿 Fruit fly traps

    🌿 Neem oil

    🌿 Spider mite killer

    🌿 Humidifier

    🌿 Grow light

    🌿 Swiffer duster

    🌿 Garden stakes

    🌿 Rubbing alcohol

    🌿 Plant cleaning gloves

    🌿 Green gloves

    AFFILIATE MARKETING DISCLAIMER: This video and post may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, the channel may receive a small commission to help make more plant videos!

    My City Plants is an online indoor plant shop - design studio located in New York. We specialize in indoor plants potted in stylish self-watering planters and helping homes and businesses to look and feel more peaceful, stylish and comfortable. 

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