Anthurium is an interesting plant. And did you know that the colourful “flowers” of Anthurium are actually modified leaves? Yes, its true flowers grow from a structure in its centre called the inflorescence.
This beauty was originally found in the Andes Mountains in Colombia and Equador. Like all other plants, Anthurium needs light more than anything else for its survival. After all, light is essential for all plant functions.
While having a beautiful Anthurium in your garden can simply brighten up your mind and the outdoor landscape, not knowing what kind of and how much light it required could be detrimental to its health.
Anthurium plants are able to thrive in any level of indirect light. Note that Anthuriums that grow in inadequate lighting not just show poor growth but also bear fewer flowers. These plants also can’t tolerate direct sunlight as that can cause damage to their leaves. They best grow in indirect, bright light.
Now, the biggest question that arises here is—
Why does your Anthurium plant depend so much on the lighting it receives?
All living things require water and food. Light is the food for plants. Photosynthesis is a vital process in which light energy is captured by the chloroplasts in plants and is converted into sugars which plants use for energy. These sugars are essential for plant growth. The more light a plant receives, the more energy it will have and the faster it will grow.
An important thing that you need to know is that both the quantity and quality of light are important for the growth and health of your Anthurium. While the colour of the light refers to its quality, the intensity indicates the quantity.
These light characteristics are crucial in understanding the behavior of plants in your home.
The quality of light—
The colour and the type of light that determine its quality are extremely important for a plant’s health. Light is a form of energy, which comes in different wavelengths, and each has a corresponding hue. Since plants fail to absorb green light and reflect it, they appear green. Plants, instead, require light that they can absorb and use, such as yellow, orange, and red, and some invisible light like the sun’s UV light and infrared rays.
The quantity of light—
The intensity of light reaching the leaves determines the amount of energy your plant produces. The greater the amount of light that hits a plant, the more the captured energy and the faster its growth. For plants that grow rapidly, intense light is essential to maintain their growth. Intense light is also essential for any plant that produces flowers and fruits. Plants can only produce flowers or fruits when they get the right light intensity conditions. Some plants are capable of self-regulating their flowering process and may refuse to bloom or fail halfway through if there isn’t enough light.
Remember, the sunniest indoor window is brighter than the darkest shade outside. So, place your plants wisely and as per their special lighting needs.
What are bright, medium, and low light?
The term bright light or full sunlight refers to the absence of any barrier (curtains, blinds, tall trees, or buildings that create shade) between the plant’s light source and the plant. This is the area where your indoor plant will get the most direct or bright light. Place the plants that love the sun in a window or within 2-3 feet of one. It would be wise to place them in the brightest spot of a room.
Medium light, also known as filtered light, is the light that has been diffused using a thin barrier such as a sheer curtain. Medium light can be created using anything that partially blocks the path between your plant’s light source and the plant.
Low lighting simply means keeping plants away from direct sunlight. It will be a few feet from the sun or any other space that allows it to see outside but not the sky. Low light can mean less food and energy. While some plants can survive in low lighting conditions, others won’t thrive.
Remember that the sun’s position changes depending on the season and time of the day, which can affect how much light your plants get. You can monitor how the light changes over the year to adjust the position of your plants accordingly.
Light is as important as water and soil when it comes to the survival of plants. And that is why you should always place your plants according to their lighting requirements. It’s not more or less light but the right amount of light that can bring about all the difference in how your plants grow.