Time to Lighten Up!

Light is the source of life for all plants. They need it more than anything. Let's explore the type and amount of light your plant needs to thrive.

Rosemary @ the Cottage Garden Nursery

Rosemary @ the Cottage Garden Nursery

Just like you and I generate our energy from food in order to function and survive, plants consume light for their energy. Known as photosynthesis, this process involves chloroplasts capturing the energy of light, igniting metabolic reactions that transform this energy into essential ingredients for the plant's survival (e.g. sugars). 

This, in turn, fuels the plant's growth. The more light your plant receives, the more energy (food) it will absorb and the faster it will grow.


Not enough light?

If your plant is not getting enough light, it will tell you with the following signs:

  1. The leaves will turn yellow

  2. The leaves won't grow as large (too small)

  3. Brown tips and/or edges on the leaves

  4. Leaves that are variegated will lose their variegation

  5. Stems will be stretched out


Too much light?

There is no such thing as too much light for a plant. BUT, the heat energy that comes with that light can cause great harm. The growth processes of your plant will shut down if the tissue temperature gets too high, as all of the water that the plant takes up will be used to try and cool the plant tissue. Thus, different plants thrive in different environments and if they are not accustomed to dealing with constant heat they may not survive.


Come inside


A bright room inside your house doesn't mean your plant will receive enough light. Remember, when outside, a plant is receiving light from all different angles as the light bounces around the plant's surroundings. When brought inside, there are usually only a few light sources (windows) for the plant to receive their energy from, reducing the amount of light that the plant has access to.  Plants that have evolved in the mid - low light environments of the forest floor love these conditions and thrive with little light exposure, making perfect indoor plants. Explore our range below.