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jstein40
May 26, 2020 5:22 PM CST
Hello,

I currently have eastern facing windows and I'm moving to a new apartment with northern facing windows. My plants have been doing very well with eastern facing windows and I'm curious if they can handle northern windows?

I know it depends on the type of plant but the main ones I'm concerned about are:

Monstera
Birds of Paradise
Fiddle Fig
Octopus tree
Various philodendrons
Pothos
Spider plant
Fern
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DaisyI
May 26, 2020 7:07 PM CST
You will have to add lights to make everything but the fern happy. I have plants in north facing windows; they do fine with 6500k lights on the ceiling. (not LEDs)
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WillC
May 27, 2020 8:42 AM CST
The Bird of Paradise, Fiddle Fig, and Spider Plant may struggle with just north light. The others should be fine as long as the window is not obstructed, is completely uncovered, and the plants are kept within a few feet of it. Otherwise, you will need to supplement the light, as Daisy suggested.

Plants react slowly to changes in light so you won't be able to tell how well they are adapting in less than a couple of months. So don't be deceived by their initial reaction.

Also, plants in lower light will grow more slowly and use less water so be sure to make that adjustment.
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jstein40
May 27, 2020 8:45 AM CST
Thanks both! Do you have any recommendations on light supplement products you know?
Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 27, 2020 9:45 AM CST
Bear in mind, lights that are 'decorative' are usually not effective and vice versa- to be effective they may not be what you want to live with- depends on your use of the room.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
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jstein40
May 28, 2020 11:20 AM CST
Thanks both! Do you have any recommendations on light supplement products you know?
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: United States of America Cat Lover Birds Butterflies
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sallyg
May 28, 2020 3:09 PM CST
My lights are cheap fluorescent on a tacky plastic shelf unit.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)

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