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Jun 22

Video: The Best Light for House Plants

Most house plants are particular about how much sunlight they get. Too much (or too little) light is an easy to way to hurt a house plant - while the right amount will result in happy, healthy plants.

In this video, we cover:

  • How to identify different light conditions, including bright, indirect and low light
  • How to find the right light for your house plants
  • How to style your plants in the correct light
  • How to identify common problems caused by too much or too little sunlight, and more!

Watch the video above, and scroll down for the full transcript!

    Different light conditions in your home

    Many house plants, like the Majesty Palm, prefer bright, indirect light - near but not directly in front of a South-facing window

    Other plants, like the Golden Pothos, can survive in lower-light areas like a staircase or shady corner

     Full Transcript: The Best Light for House Plants

    House plants are the perfect home decor accent. Adding greenery to your home can really elevate your interiors and allow you and your family to breathe cleaner air. But first, you'll need to pick the right plants and figure out where to place them in your home so they continue to thrive.

    House plants are meant to be enjoyed, so first, find a few locations where you can style your plants. Maybe it's next to a seating area, by a window, or on a stand near a fireplace. Your home will have areas with different light conditions depending on your windows and the directions they face, as well as any outdoor shade elements like trees or porches.

    Typically, near a window will be bright light. Away from a window will be indirect light. And a room with no windows or a shady corner will be low light.

    Some plants like the Monstera and Fiddle-Leaf Fig thrive in bright indirect light. Others, like the ZZ Plant and Pothos, can tolerate low light.

    When choosing plants for your home, be sure to select plants that can adapt to your light conditions. Your best light will be near a south south-facing window, although east and west facing windows can work well for plants with lower light requirements.

    If you're considering a few locations, try your plant in each spot to see where it's happiest. Monitor your plants to make sure they're thriving. Brown spots on leaves can mean it's getting too much direct light and burning, while slow growth or plants that seem to reach for the light may be receiving too little. has tons of options to improve your living spaces. Shop our house plants today!

    Ryon Hinson

    Ryon is the Senior Creative Manager at He tries to show every tree and plant he captures in their best light, so viewers can create a garden they love.