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Lobalobo
May 1, 2020 7:15 AM CST
About month ago I moved the jade plant below from a north-facing window in an office to my home, where I repotted it (with help from folks on this forum). As you can see from the picture, the jade's new location seems ideal, in a loft space under (south-facing) skylights. And there is natural light bouncing around the room from all four directions. BUT, I've noticed that on full sunny days, bright light hits only the lower half of the plant (because of the position of the skylights and distance of the plant from other windows).

Particularly because the jade came from a single, northern exposure, my thought is that the plant will do well where it is despite the lack of bright light on its upper half. But I'm wondering whether anyone has other opinions. (Putting the plant outside isn't a good option for me). Anyway, here is the picture of the plant in its current location (but in its old pot):


Thumb of 2020-05-01/Lobalobo/39909c

Thanks in advance.

Name: Eric
Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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Hallow
May 1, 2020 8:47 AM CST
Lobalobo said:About month ago I moved the jade plant below from a north-facing window in an office to my home, where I repotted it (with help from folks on this forum). As you can see from the picture, the jade's new location seems ideal, in a loft space under (south-facing) skylights. And there is natural light bouncing around the room from all four directions. BUT, I've noticed that on full sunny days, bright light hits only the lower half of the plant (because of the position of the skylights and distance of the plant from other windows).

Particularly because the jade came from a single, northern exposure, my thought is that the plant will do well where it is despite the lack of bright light on its upper half. But I'm wondering whether anyone has other opinions. (Putting the plant outside isn't a good option for me). Anyway, here is the picture of the plant in its current location (but in its old pot):


Thumb of 2020-05-01/Lobalobo/39909c

Thanks in advance.


This is a tricky one. As you probably already know the more light the better. Quality skylights can block a lot of the type light a plant needs. Especially if the skylights have a tint, they maybe slightly mirrored on the outside to keep them heating up the home. As far as light hitting only the bottom part. If you rotate your plant regularly it should help.

Lobalobo
May 1, 2020 9:49 AM CST
Thanks for the response. The skylights are indeed tinted. But the light from the east north and west, though indirect, are through untinted windows, bouncing of white walls, enough to create shadows (as apparent in the photo I posted). As for rotating the plant, yes I do this, but this doesn't solve the height problem. Should I look to move the plant, do you think, or will the abundance of bounced light all day be enough to keep the plant healthy? (Moving the plant would not be an easy fix.)
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May 1, 2020 10:14 AM CST

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The light that matters most is direct, ie. when your plant has a line of sight to the sun. All the additional reflected/diffused light is good but not a substitute. Your plant should "see" the sun for hours a day year round.
Name: Eric
Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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Hallow
May 3, 2020 4:16 AM CST
Lobalobo said:Thanks for the response. The skylights are indeed tinted. But the light from the east north and west, though indirect, are through untinted windows, bouncing of white walls, enough to create shadows (as apparent in the photo I posted). As for rotating the plant, yes I do this, but this doesn't solve the height problem. Should I look to move the plant, do you think, or will the abundance of bounced light all day be enough to keep the plant healthy? (Moving the plant would not be an easy fix.)
when you mentioned hight problem, do you mean the hight of the light or the plant itself? Indoor jade plants really do need all the direct sunlight they can get to really do well. But they'll reward you for giving them light. The leave bottoms and the edges will turn a beautiful dark red.

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