Best indoor plants no light

Light, or darkened areas

Houseplants are popular indoor decorations. Attractive and constantly changing, they add a softness of line and provide a bit of nature indoors. However, the ideal location of a plant for decoration may not be the ideal spot for plant growth.

Lack of adequate light is the most common factor limiting the growth of plants in many homes. Plants are the only organisms able to use light to produce sugars, starches and other substances needed by them as well as by other living organisms.

Plants growing outdoors, in greenhouses or close to windows are exposed to a natural balance of the blue and red light rays that plants need to grow and flower. Supplementary electric lighting is the easiest and least expensive way to provide this light indoors.

Fluorescent tubes provide one of the best artificial light sources; many indoor gardeners use cool-white fluorescent tubes. Warm-white (daylight) tubes also seem fairly effective, but are less desirable for indoor plants. Cool-white tubes produce orange, yellow-green and blue rays, as well as a small amount of red rays necessary for plant growth.

Plants that can adapt to interior settings are divided into three general categories: those suitable for low, medium and high light intensities.

• Low-light plants

This category of plants should receive at least between 10 and 15 watts of fluorescent light per square foot of growing space. A single fluorescent tube without any other light provides the minimum light for plants in this category. These plants should not receive direct sunlight.

• Medium-light plants

Plants in this category require artificial light equal to 15 or more watts per square foot of growing area. Best growth requires a fixture with two fluorescent tubes, unless plants also receive extended periods of direct sunlight.

• High-light plants

These plants generally require special high-intensity lamps. They need at least 20 watts per square foot of growing area, but should have higher intensities for best growth and flowering. Fixtures containing three to four fluorescent tubes are necessary.

More about lighting

• Most plants should be located with the tips of the plants 6 to 12 inches from the light source.

• Fluorescent tubes do not produce as much light at the ends as they do in the center, so the brightest spot under a fluorescent fixture is directly beneath the center of the tubes.

• The light fixture's position should be adjustable so you can keep the distance between the light and the plant fairly constant. Fluorescent shop or workroom fixtures often are hung on chains with S-hooks for easy adjustment. These fixtures are easily raised or lowered from link to link. If the fixture is not movable, you may make some adjustment by raising plants on stands, shelves or boxes.

• In most cases, plants receiving no outdoor light should be lit from 16 to 18 hours each day. If some additional light is received, 12 to 14 hours each day may be adequate.

Forget your Troubles come on get Cat happy

2002-08-23 15:07:36 by sadandbadfurball

Here are a few things my cats used to like, usually these are secret solitary pleasures best enjoyed by the cat privately:
Paper (not plastic) shopping bags and assorted cardboard boxes left laying on the floor.
Real natural lambswool sweaters to lie on.
Fresh Catnip of the type called Nepeta Cataria, which has tall straight upright stems with stamp sized leaves and pale pinkish whitish flowers. Don't bother with the dried stuff or the kind called catmint with trailing stems, smaller leaves and light blueish-lavender flowers. Both plants look like a kind of mint, but cats know and prefer catnip

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