Just like water, sun and sunlight also plays a very important role in the growth and health of a plant. As for us humans as well, we require sunlight for obtaining Vitamin D which is vital for our bones and absorption of nutrients and minerals. Similarly, even plants require sunlight for crucial internal absorption of minerals. Especially during summers these days, the right amount of sunlight is very essential for the good and proper growth of the plants. One needs to be very careful in regards of the exposure to the sunlight. The excess of it can also result in withering and yellowing of plants. So just like my article on water management, I will be stating here about the sunlight management in plants.

The plants chosen here are good houseplants. They thrive in indoor situations but can be sometimes very tricky with the exposure for sunlight. So, thus this article regarding sunlight limitation will throw some light on the importance of fixed uv exposure for the healthy and flourishing growth of plants.

  • Peace Lily:

Peace lilies are easy to maintain and are one of the most popular varieties of houseplants. Peace lilies are native to hot, moist, shady tropical rainforests. Thus, in most temperate climates, they cannot be left outside year-round. However, inside, where it is usually relatively warm and humid compared to the outside environment, the plant can do well. The peace lily should be close to, but not directly under a window in a warm room in your house where it will benefit from indirect sunlight. North or West facing windows are best as these do not allow direct sunlight all day. Try to avoid exposing your plant to cold air or too much sun, as these can cause the plant to become unhealthy and develop brown, shriveled leaves. Depending on your climate, you may be able to leave your peace lily outdoors for part of the year on a shady patio or similar location when the weather is warm and humid. If you happen to live in a tropical location, however, you can safely leave your plant outside year-round.

  • Pothos:

Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aureus) plants are among the most popular houseplants for their versatility and easy care. Basic pothos care is very easy. These plants enjoy a wide range of environments. They do well in bright indirect light as well as low light and can be grown in dry soil or in vases of water. They will thrive in nutrient rich soil, but do almost as well in nutrient poor soil. Pothos plants make a great addition to you bathroom or office because they can tolerate low light. While pothos likes a wide variety of light conditions, they do not do well in direct sunlight. Pothos plants make a great addition to you bathroom or office because they can tolerate low light. While pothos likes a wide variety of light conditions, they do not do well in direct sunlight.
Golden Pothos have a yellow and green variegation which make them easily recognizable and popular in a variety of settings. Golden Pothos is a very versatile plant that can tolerate the lower light levels or bright filtered light of a home while also thriving in the full sun of a yard or grown outdoors in tropical states such as Florida. Indoor Golden Pothos require bright filtered light during most of the year. The yellow variegations of the plant become more pronounced when exposed to greater amounts of light. Outdoor plants can tolerate full sun to partial shade such as would be found when grown through trees, against a wall, or over a pergola.

  • Bonsai:

Sunlight, especially the ultra-violet ray, affects the growth of trees. Therefore, except in special cases such as immediately after repotting, extensive trimming, etc, bonsai should be placed in a sunny location. Bright light will also work well but the tree should not be placed more than 12" away from the direct light source. An east, west or southern exposure works best. A northern exposure will require the use of "grow lights" which should remain on up to 16 hours each day and the lamp should not be more than 2 inches from the top of the tree. Incandescent light is too hot and will not provide the various spectrum of light that is required to maintain your bonsai tree. Bonsai need about 5 hours of direct or indirect sunlight per day. Certain species of bonsai do best in the winter if they receive most of their light from indirect sources. Bonsai trees can burn if taken from a shady location to a sunny location so care should be taken to gradually increase their light exposure. If you do not have a window or light source that provides an east, west or southern exposure, be sure to select a bonsai tree that does well in lower lighting conditions.

 

  • Bamboo:

Bamboo (Bambuseae) is a cane-like plant that is classified as a perennial grass. Known for its rapid growth and easy maintenance, bamboo has its place inside the home as a container plant as well as outdoors in a Japanese-style or contemporary garden setting. Bamboo grows year-round in mild, Mediterranean climates, producing new canes during the spring and early summer months. Proper care is essential for the health of your bamboo, including providing the right amount of sunlight. Certain varieties of bamboo require more sunlight than others. Bamboo varieties that do not require a lot of light and prefer partial shade, especially during the heat of the day, include plants in the Sasa, Fargesia and Thamnocalamus genera. Typically, larger varieties of bamboo, including giant bamboo of the Phyllostachys genus, require the most sunlight. These plants perform poorly unless they receive five or more hours of full, direct sunlight per day.

 

  • Money Tree:

 

Money trees are warm-climate plants, which is one reason they are often grown indoors. The money tree, also known as Malabar chestnut, is an easy-to-grow plant commonly used in feng shui to produce positive vibrations and attract prosperity to the owner. It is native to the swamps of South America and will not tolerate temperatures below 28 degrees F, making it a common indoor plant. Money trees can grow as high as 15 feet with a leaf spread between 8 and 10 feet. It produces small, brown nuts that have a flavor similar to peanuts. The money tree also has no major susceptibility to pests or diseases, which adds to its appeal. Money tree plants often have their slender trunks braided together and are a low maintenance option for artificially lit areas. Money tree plant care is easy and based upon just a few specific conditions. Outdoors, the trees grow best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and 11. Money trees thrive in both full sun and partial shade, according to the California Rare Fruit Growers Association, so outdoor plants do not need direct sunlight. Plants grown indoors, however, do best in full, bright light.

There are many other reasons which are responsible for a plant to do well. Soil texture, water content, temperature, humidity in the atmosphere etc are some of the factors which are also giving their bit in the plant growth. But, sunlight and water are two prominent features which can make or break a plant’s growth. So follow these simple piece of information if you have these plants at home.