How to Make Sure Your Indoor Plants
Get Enough Natural Light

Taking care of plants brings you joy, but indoor gardens have unique challenges. While you learn how to water them and protect them from pests, you might notice that your sprouts struggle to grow. Learn how to make sure your indoor plants get enough natural light so they thrive all year long.
Many people assume that they can grow indoor plants because sunlight brightens their home during the day, but that’s not necessarily always true. These tips will show you how to utilize your space to get your plants as much sunshine as they need.
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1. Rotate Your Planters

Some indoor plants wilt because one side gets sunshine and the other doesn’t. Rotating them in place or switching their spot on the windowsill is an easy solution. You’ll want to try this if some of your plants naturally bend towards your light source while others remain wilted.

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2. Hang More Mirrors

Make use of your window space by hanging a few mirrors. When sunlight hits mirrors, the silver atoms beneath the glass absorb incoming light photons and reflect the majority back out. You won’t waste any natural lighting by directing it back towards your plants with hanging or standing mirrors.

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3. Hang Sheer Curtains

Consider the curtains hanging in your home. Thick fabrics or double curtains might block the sun even when pulled apart. Replace them with sheer alternatives so your plants get the most light possible.

4. Identify Low-Light Symptoms

After getting used to a gardening routine, you’ll likely notice strange recurring symptoms if your plants need more light. When signs like abnormal leaf coloring and bent stems work themselves out, you’ll know that every plant gets enough sunshine during the day.

5. Clean Your Windows

Dust and debris build up on windows, especially during cold weather when moisture shrouds the glass. Clean your windows and see how much grime comes off on your paper towel or sponge.

Even a thin layer of debris will block sunlight from nourishing your indoor plants. Schedule window cleaning into your monthly routine so it doesn’t prevent your plants from growing

6. Invest in Bubble Wrap

Indoor plants also struggle with changing seasonal weather. Sitting by a window is the best way to get sunlight, but they might not have the strength to absorb it if they’re too cold to function. When soil drops below 28 degrees it can cause extensive root damage, so invest in bubble wrap or a thick blanket.

Wrap insulating material around each indoor planter after your plants warm up away from their window. After putting them back into place, the soil temperature will remain steady even with overnight drafts and freezing forecasts. It’s a simple solution for anyone who doesn’t have many windows to choose from or space to spare.

7. Rearrange Your Decor

If you don’t think you have enough space to move your plants into better sunlight, rearrange your decor. Picture frames and books could take up valuable space in sunnier places around your home. Redecorate so your plants can get more light without sacrificing how you splash your personality around your home.

Give Your Plants More Natural Light

Now that you know how to make sure your plants get enough natural light, try these tips to improve their health. Shuffling their spot on the windowsill and replacing your curtains are just a few ways to help your indoor garden thrive throughout the year.

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About the Author

Evelyn Long is a writer and editor based in Baltmore, Maryland. She is the editor-in-chief of Renovated and a dedicated container gardener in her city apartment.

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