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Questions tagged [sunlight]

For questions about quantity of sunlight.

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Do herbs & spices need dark time, in order to develop flavors and nutrients?

When you grow cannabis indoor, it is considered beneficial, to have lights turned on up to 24h / day, during the "grow" phase. While this would prevent blooming, it is beneficial for building plant ...
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What are some good vegetables or fruits that grow well only in afternoon sun

I live in the midwest United states and am curious as to what vegetables I could grow on my patio. it is west facing and thus the vegetables would only be able to get light from aroun 2 pm to 8pm. a
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Adjusting recommended sunlight hours depending on region and radiation level?

I have land in India (the tropics), in the hills, on a slope from 6800 feet - 5200 ft altitude (roughly). At that lowest point there's a stream of about 10-15m across. Generally my entire land is a ...
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LED light or Indirect Sunlight for Hawaiin Tree Fern?

How should I best grow a Hawaiin tree fern in my New York City apartment? I have LED lights that are currently helping my Thai and Genoa Basil plants grow. Should I also put the Hawaiin tree fern ...
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Is waking up a plant or a tree in winter harmful for it?

As it is winter, even by keeping my bonsai Zelkova indoors, it losts most of its leafs. For a week or so, I let it outside during the day for it to take the sun. Now, it's already producing new leafs....
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Hydroponics and transparent water container

Is it fine to have a transparent bucket of water for hydroponics with recirculating water? the roots of the plants are obscure, but not so sure about the container. This is the setup: https://www....
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My 3 types of shiso is turning the same color, could it bounce back?

I was at my garden for the first time in 2 weeks, and noticed that my shiso was all the same color, could this be from the week of cloudy conditions, or is it from the weather getting cooler all the ...
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What type of edible mushrooms can I easily inoculate in logs and grow in USDA zone 4a for full sun?

I'm currently building a home fungal/crop garden, and am wondering what types of mushrooms can inoculate fresh cut oak logs with that will grow in full sun next to tall grass on one side, and a wood ...
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Why did this dracaena marginata die so quickly?

I purchased a healthy-looking plant 12 days ago, took it home and repotted it the same day in a mix of roughly 75% cactus/succulent soil and 25% perlite. Within 4-5 days, it was starting to droop ...
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How to save my succulent?

Sorry I couldn't be more specific in the title (I honestly don't even know if it's a succulent, that's my best guess), I have no clue what this thing is, but I want to keep it alive. I had this plant ...
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What to do with avocado seed at this point?

I have an avocado seed that's sprouting. What should I do now so that the seed continues growing at a healthy rate? It will eventually grow in a pot.
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Houseplant seems to be dying

I recently moved out and got gifted a fairly big houseplant by my aunt. I quite like the look of it and aim to keep it alive, in part because it is my first ever own plant. She didn't remember what ...
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Growing conditions for hydroponics - Vanilla Planfolia and Saffron (Crocus Sativus)

Creating an indoor, temperature and humidity controlled hydroponics setup. Wanted advice on whether I can grow the following: Vanilla Planfolia Saffron (Crocus sativus) I was also wondering if ...
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Problems with fairy castles cactus

My beloved fairy castles cactus has been suffering for a while and I was wondering what could be happening now. It looks like having several different problems... specially worried as it looks ...
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Will using reflective aluminum foil start a fire?

I have a balcony garden where I get a ton of sunlight on my wall, but not much on my plants beneath this wall. I planned on using a reflective panel made from cardboard and aluminum foil to reflect ...
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Fruit bearing plants in shade of northern wall?

Are there any fruit bearing bushes (preferably) or similar fruit bearing plants or small trees which can be grown on northern side of the house which is typically covered by shadow more hours than ...
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Greenhouse positioning

When building a greenhouse, we can all reckon that it should get as much light as possible (with proper heat ventilation). BUT, let's talk about when a greenhouse must be built near shade. Consider a ...
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Morning vs Evening Sun?

So I am going to be planting some flowers into a few flower beds in my house. The sun essentially rises in the back of my house and sets in the front. So this gives about half/half as far as sun goes (...
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Do plants react differently to artificial light than to sunlight?

Sun light is 5700Kelvin and up to 100 000 lumens per square meter. If I was to use Halogen or LED light's with similar properties would plants (sunflowers in particular) know the difference?
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PPFD vs general sunlight requirements

Can someone give (or point me to) a rough guide of the correlation between generalized sunlight requirements (i.e. partial sun, indirect sunlight, full sun, etc...) and their approximate corresponding ...
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How much light do I need to grow peppermint indoors?

I want to grow a peppermint plant at my office desk (specifically peppermint because I enjoy the smell). However, my desk is well away from the windows, so natural light will be minimal at best. I'm ...
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Good plants, trees and grass to grow in order to lock the ground together

I have an "island" consisting of recycled plastic bottles and old wooden pallets. ------------- <- Wooden pallets ooooooooooooo <- Bags of bottles The "island" is on a fresh water lake located ...
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Will reflected light, from a mirror, work on plants?

There is a space in our house where we would like to put plants in, however, the closest window is about 15ft away and only from one side. I was wondering if adding mirrors, to the darker side to ...
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How to make a plastic bottle sun resistant for DIY watering irrigation

I want to accomplish this DIY water technique for my pomegranate trees. https://youtu.be/mEV65WTyxkU I want to make those plastic bottles resistant to the sun as there is a lot of sun over here (35 - ...
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Why are the leaves on my money tree droopy? [closed]

The leaves on my money tree (pachira aquatica) are green and droopy. I do not water it often. I don't have it indirect sunlight. Is it not getting enough light? Also if i wanted to repot what brand ...
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Venus Flytrap: repot, sun and water

I am a proud new owner of my very first Venus Flytrap (I came into the store to get some cute flowery plants, but I came out with this beauty instead :D) I am not sure if this is only one plant or ...
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For a Greenhouse, would PE plastic cloth be suitable for a cheap sollution?

I,ve always gotten along just fine without a greenhouse. Recently I've found the need to wanting a greenhouse, cheap but also large that can at least hold up for a couple years or more. Ive recently ...
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Nerve plant bleaching & recovery

My nerve plant (Fittonia) was recently not doing too well, and I suspected (correctly, as it turned out) that it was getting more light that it needed — after moving it to a shadier spot in the house, ...
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Yucca – brown mushy spots on the leaves

We have given our Yucca's new flower soil. Now they have mushy brown spots on the leaves. Before, they stood in the living room without direct sun. Now they are outside (sun in the day (morning 2 ...
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Red Cordyline (Ti Plant) Curling Leaves, Spotted & browing- issue?

I bought a Red Cordyline (Ti Plant) from the store - it was indoors. I have since placed it outdoors. I live in southern CA in hardiness zone 10a. I am not sure what's happening with the plant - I ...
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Artichoke wilts at midday

I have a new 3 foot tall artichoke plant in a roomy pot on my sunny deck in zone 17. If I leave it in full sun, it wilts by midday. Can I keep it in semi-shaded area and expect it to bud?
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Do young plants prefer their pots be rotated?

I'm growing some plants from seeds indoors and they're coming up well. They sway toward the brightest light source, sometimes swaying so far they almost tip over. Some species do this more than others ...
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Ipomoea / Morning Glory leaves “engraved” with whitish, silvery patches

I hope you can help me identify the problem with these Ipomoeas (Morning Glory). It's actually two varieties of seeds I sowed together: Ipomoea Violacea (those with tinnier leaves, I'm not sure) ...
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How many more hours of sun will my plants get in the summer

We just moved to a new place so I am not sure what spots get what amount of sun during the summer hours. I found a website to calculate the angle the sun will be during any given month but I'm not ...
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“Plenty of light but no direct sunlight”: reflection on walls vs shades diffused sunlight

For many indoor plants I read this instruction regarding light requirements: "Plenty of light but no direct sunlight". How I understand it is that the light has to come from a secondary source of ...
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Could I grow a fruiting plant in my office?

In the office there is an abundance of fluorescent light and that's about it. The temperature stays around 70 ºF (21 ºC) I think. Could I grow a fruiting plant in these conditions? Is there any ...
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What's a good full-sun groundcover for Zone 6A?

I'm in Zone 6A, and I have some blueberries planted in a 16x45 or so open area that I need covered with some kind of covering. The situation is: It'd get nearly full sun (the first few hours of the ...
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Leaving succulents in the sun for 2 weeks without watering

I'm about to leave for 2 weeks and the days are just stating to become sunny. I have a few succulents on a windowsill (on a south-facing window), and I'm wondering how they'll cope with this. I ...
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Morning/Afternoon sun plants (vegetables)

Is there a list one learning gardener can use to plan the position of plants depending on their preference of sunlight hours? I am interested in growing vegetables in a greenhouse. I've read that ...
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Did my aloes sunburn?

Today has been the first sunny day in a long while, and some of my aloes sat in the sun of a south-facing windowsill for the first time. Two of them were in an office before, never getting direct ...
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How important is full sun for a Blue Spruce tree?

We've been thinking about getting a living tree for Christmas this year. It's something I've always wanted to do, as it bothers us to throw away trees. We also need more trees for birds, squirrels, ...
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Sun exposure of potted saplings

I have 3 potted citrus trees (or maybe more precisely saplings: two are 16 inches high, the youngest is maybe 6 inches high), that are growing on my window ledge. I am a little concerned, however, by ...
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chemistry of ripening (tomatoes, and others)

From reading and inference over the years, I've come to this basic model for 'ripening': (Confidence level is not high.) Photosynthesis in the leaves produces sugars. These are available to nearby ...
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Song of India(Dracaena Reflexa) getting yellow-brown leaves

Water Regime: When the top soil feels dry to the touch. 1 litre of water every 7th day(cause they can do well with dry condition, right?). Placement & Light: Sitting right against the Northern ...
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Difference in supplementary lighting between greens and strawberries?

I read that for greens like salad you can provide supplementary light hours (during night time) in order to increase the growing speed. Some species even tolerate continuous lighting. Is the same ...
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What potted outdoor plant most resembles astroturf in terms of required care

I am looking for the potted plant that has the highest survival rate when planted outside on a balcony, in a small trough pot in direct sunlight, supplied only with rainwater, without any regular ...
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Habanero pepper sunburned?

So it's my first time growing a Pepper and what i noticed is that one fruit started getting little bit dark on one side and then almost all other fruits also got dark. Now i am thinking that is ...
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What herbs or useful plants thrive in full sunlight? [closed]

What herbs or other useful plants thrive in full sunlight? I want to create a garden of small plants in the rooftop, but I would like to include only plants that are useful (ie. Cooking, medicinal, ...
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Wanting to plant shade plants? But where?

My house is a north facing house.....however I feel like there isn't really an actual shady spot anywhere? Even the northside gets the morning sun for quite a bit of time. I have a bleeding heart ...
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Best mosquito repellent plant for a sunny terrace?

I would like to put some mosquito-repelling plants in the terrace of my apartment. We live in the Latin America, where there's sun and heat all year (this week's been 32°C, or 90°F). I can water and ...