Plants need sunlight to survive but, luckily, some plants need less than others. Many apartments don’t get the right sunlight so choosing plants that will suit your space is essential.
Knowing how much sun comes through your windows will help you choose the best spot for your plant.
South facing windows often don’t receive much light so aren’t ideal for most plants but some varieties, such as peace lilies, Zanzibar gems and spider plants, will tolerate a bit of darkness in the summer months.
East facing windows get the weaker morning light so place plants that only need moderate or indirect light here. In fact, most popular indoor plants, such as monsteras, rubber trees and devil’s ivy, will prefer this light.
As the sun follows a slightly northern east-to-west route in Australia, north facing windows receive the most intense light for longer periods than other windows. Snake plants, aloe vera and cactus can tolerate this level of light, but it may be better to place plants that need filtered or indirect light to the side or further away from the window.
The sun is strongest in the afternoon, so any plant placed near a west facing windows needs to be able to tolerate harsh light and heat. Avoid placing fiddle figs and aspidistras here as the light will burn their leaves – instead opt for cacti, azaleas and agave plants.
It isn’t strange for Queensland temperatures to push 40 degrees so it’s important to select plants that like warm, humid temperatures.
Aside from English ivy and cacti, most plants prefer humid warmth over dry warmth so will need to be placed in a spot with good humidity and airflow. Spritzing them with water and putting pebble-lined water under their base will help boost humidity.
Tropical jungle plant varieties like calatheas and some palms love our humid climate and will not enjoy being placed too close to an air conditioning unit (or heating in winter).
The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.