Can someone knowledgeable fill me in about plant light?

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I know different plants need different kinds of light. But I cannot seem to understand….where the light is? Like is indirect light just inside anywhere there is light? I have read that behind a light curtain is ok but I have also seen someone say the planter needs to see the sky. Too much info. Does it have to be in a window? What about low light? Just help please.

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It depends on the type of plant. Look up the plant in question, and websites like [thespruce.com](https://thespruce.com) will give you information on how to provide it with adequate light.

What it means.

Direct Sunlight – The plant wants a tan. Give it massive, unimpeded, sunlight all day long. Pineapples are like this. They love a south Florida 95 degree sun at high noon. Make sure nothing casts shade on them.

Partial Sunlight – The plant needs to hang out under some trees that block some of the sunlight all through out the day, or the plant only gets either morning sun or evening sun.

Indirect Sunlight – The plant wants to be illuminated, but never in unimpeded sunlight. Keep it in a covered location that direct sunlight is close by, but does not touch the plant. This could be indoors by a window, outside under an overhang, or under a very dense tree that casts a lot of shade.

What it means.

Direct Sunlight – The plant wants a tan. Give it massive, unimpeded, sunlight all day long. Pineapples are like this. They love a south Florida 95 degree sun at high noon. Make sure nothing casts shade on them.

Partial Sunlight – The plant needs to hang out under some trees that block some of the sunlight all through out the day, or the plant only gets either morning sun or evening sun.

Indirect Sunlight – The plant wants to be illuminated, but never in unimpeded sunlight. Keep it in a covered location that direct sunlight is close by, but does not touch the plant. This could be indoors by a window, outside under an overhang, or under a very dense tree that casts a lot of shade.

Indirect light means light that does not cast a shadow. It’s diffuse. You cannot use a magnifying glass to make a burning spot.

Think cloudy day. It can be bright, but no shadows. Or a photographer that holds a reflector or a light box. The light is not directly line of sight shining on the subject, it’s reflected, or refracted.

Low light is shade. But note that outside shade is often more light than indoors indirect. Sun is obnoxious strong. Don’t put house plants in the shade.

Most house plants like bright+indirect light. A curtain for south (noon) and west (afternoon) window. North window can be unfiltered, even then possibly not enough light. East (morning) window maybe filter maybe not. East is generally believed to be less harsh but ymmv.