Where to place plants

2 October 2017

This is possibly the most important factor to consider with regards to your plants health and growth. If your plant is getting too  much sun, it will burn. If it is getting too little sun, its roots will get soggy and weak. Therefore it is very important to know where the sun enters your house, and for how long it shines. One useful rule of thumb that can be applied to non-succulents is this: the larger the leaf, the less sun needed and the more water required. This can be applied to orchids.

Bonsai need enough bright natural light. They do best in dappled shade outdoors, and need some direct morning sun. If they are not getting enough light, they will drop their leaves. Do not expose them to too much direct sunlight – ensure they are protected between the hours of 12:00 and 15:00 in summer, when the sun is at its most punishing.

Succulents adore direct sunlight, and lots of it. However, take care, because only well established older succulents can take an entire day of direct summer sun without suffering. Most succulents you buy from nurseries have been grown under half shade conditions and are unused to more sun than that – if they are abruptly moved into a sunnier situation they may get a nasty shock and burn. On the other hand, if succulents do not get at least three hours of good direct light every day, they will liquefy from the roots up, going black and shriveling into themselves.

Even plants that like full shade, such as love palms and delicious monsters, shouldn’t be placed in an area with inadequate natural light. These conditions promote fungus and mould. We have created a lovely little map to aid you with the proper placement of your plants – please see more about placement here. Happy growing!