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May 26, 2020 5:22 PM CST
Chicago
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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May 26, 2020 7:07 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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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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May 27, 2020 8:42 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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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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May 27, 2020 8:45 AM CST
Chicago
Thanks both! Do you have any recommendations on light supplement products you know?
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May 27, 2020 9:45 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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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.
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May 28, 2020 11:20 AM CST
Chicago
Thanks both! Do you have any recommendations on light supplement products you know?
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May 28, 2020 3:09 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
Let's all play ukulele
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
My lights are cheap fluorescent on a tacky plastic shelf unit.
Plant it and they will come.
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