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Its hard, isn’t it, to imagine a home being warm and inviting without some kind of plants growing in it? Luckily its easily accomplished to enhance your home with plants and flowers all winter long.

Many of these plants will be seasonal parts of the house, such as zebra plants, and the poinsetta, that will color your holidays, while others, such as the angel wing and other kinds of begonias, can easily become permanent residents of your home.

Choosing the correct plants for the correct room is important in order to give them the most appropriate environment in which to grow , to make sure that they remain healthy and productive .

Some houseplants, such as Boston ferns, will not do well in a window that has full sun all day, but will be a happier resident of a lower light room, with high moisture such as the bathroom.

Environmental factors within your home will make a great deal of difference in how each plant will grow.

Light is probably the one factor that most needs consideration if you are to grow a healthy indoor garden.

Plant growth and the time that they wills stay active in that growth will depend mostly on the amount and quality of light that they get.

A houseplant won’t do well in a no light room, because the plant requires light for photosynthesis. When you are considering the lighting in the home, make sure that you take into account all three sides of it.. those are: (1) intensity, (2) duration and (3) quality.

The instensity of the light will determine the manufacture of plant food, the length of the stems, the leaf color, whether or not they will flower etc. Some plants, such as geraniums that are grown in very low light will be weak and spindly in nature. Another houseplant, grown in a different light source would be shorter, fully branched and have much larger greener colored leaves.

For the most part you can classify your plants according to how much light they need, and the intensity they will take. The intensity is determined by how close to the light source they are.

Usually the direction that the window faces is what primarily affects the intensity when the light source is natural, such as a sunny window. Southern windows will have the light with the most intensity, while eastern and western will be just about sixty percent of the intensity of a south window and a northerly facing window will be only about twenty percent of that.

Which means, that using the same means, southern windows will be warmest, east and west a bit less warm and northern will be the cooler window.

Take into account also any other determining factors that enter into play such as the presence of blinds, heavy curtains or buildings that shade your windows, trees outdoors, and the season may also affect the light intensity a plant receives.

Lowered intensity can be compensated for by increasing the time you expose the plant to the window, or if you don’t move the plant around, then some method of artificial lighting such as a grow light or an ultraviolet will be a great deal of assistance to you in growing your plants.

Remember that some plants require a period of darkness each day and that to much light is just as harmful to plants as too little. When your plant has been exposed to too much light, the leafs and greenery will become more pale, may even sunburn, and will dry out rapidly, causing trauma to the plant. During the summertime, make sure that the window has some means to shade the plant such as window blinds.

If your only source of light for the plants is going to be artificial, then try not to use incandascent lighting. It is harsh, much hotter and does not have in many cases, the required wavelengths that is needed for photosynthesis, because plants require mostly blues and reds but for flowering, infrared light is also needed. Incandescent lights will offer mostly red, and a small amount of infrared light, but are very low in blues.

A few plants that will do well in your home if you are new to planting indoors are Philodendron, as it is hardy and easily grown, English Ivy, Angel wing begononia, which are easy to grow and produce lovely flowers.

To make your home warmer, more inviting and actually healthier to live in, green up the inside as well as the outside.

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