Help plants grow by choosing roller shades or window blinds to control light

Oct 5 2010

Roller shades are among the window treatments that can control light cast on house plants
Roller shades are among the window treatments that can control light cast on house plants
Just as some people prefer the cool shade of an overgrown tree to a day in the sun, some plants flourish under shady conditions.


But in a home that draws in a lot of natural light from southern exposure windows, solar screen shades or window blinds offer a way to place shade-loving plants near a window without hurting their normal growth. A roller shade also is a good match for plants because the amount of light that shines directly on them can be controlled by pulling the shade up or down. Roller shades come in a variety of light filtering, blackout or sunscreen fabrics.
 

One rule of thumb offered by GardeningKnowHow.com to determine if a window treatment isn't providing enough light for plants is to judge whether a person could comfortably read a book in the darkened area. If not, then the plant won't be happy there either.
 

Among plants that will prosper in lowered or filtered light, GardeningKnowHow.com recommends the cast-iron plant, which can grow as high as three feet by allowing the water to dry out between waterings. The Chinese evergreen doesn't like cold drafts, so pulling down a window shade will further protect it against cold air seeping through a window.
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