What does it mean when a plant tag says full sun or shade? One of the most important things to consider in Gardening 101 is exposure. This is very important in selecting plants for your garden. Long-time gardeners know this, often because they had to learn it the hard way. Reading the plant tag before you buy will help you make the right decisions for the plants that you choose.
Here is some helpful information to get you up to speed on just what your plants will need as far as light:
Full Sun means exactly that- the plant will do best when grown in full sunlight. This is especially important when growing veggies, but when it comes to flowers there is a little more leeway. Full Sun plants can be grown successfully where there are 8 – 12 hours of full sun per day.
Full to Part Sun
Full to Part Sun is the distinction for plants that can grow without 8 hours of sun per day, but do need a significant amount of sun. Usually, this type of a plant needs 6 – 8 hours of sun per day- so it is more full than part.
Part Sun is the distinction for plants that need 4 – 6 hours of sun per day. This sunlight can be any time of day.
Shade Plants that need 2 – 4 hours of sun, but not the intense midday sun are given the designation of Shade. This includes sunlight in the early morning, late afternoon, or dappled light under a tree or lattice. Remember that most flowers need some sunlight to bloom.
Most plants need some sunlight, but there are plants that can thrive without direct sun. Many of these plants reside on the floors of forests and jungles in the wild, where sunlight doesn’t make its way through the canopy. These include ferns, mosses, many tropical, leafy plants, and exotic flowers like orchids and bromeliads.
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