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Revere, Ma (hardiness zone 6b-
Walstonjw
Jun 11, 2020 7:36 AM CST
I live on the second floor of apartment building with 2 windows that point toward the west. My biggest problem is that there is a 3 story apartment directly next to me which prevents direct sun rays from ever actually making it into my window. I'm new to growing plants and would like to give the ones I've already collected the best care possible. I have them all kinda crammed together under a grow light as of right now and they seem to be doing pretty well. I would just like to be able to spread them out throughout the room a little more without causing stress to the plants. Any kind of help would be greatly appriciated.
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Jun 11, 2020 8:09 AM CST
Welcome! whether you can spread your plants out around the room will depend on what plants you have.plants all have different light needs. Come you post a list of your plants?
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Revere, Ma (hardiness zone 6b-
Walstonjw
Jun 11, 2020 8:27 AM CST
As of now all I have is sweet basil, happy bean (Peperomia ferreyrae), african violet, and pothos. I'm planning on getting more plant varieties that will work with my lighting conditions. I guess what I'm trying to figure out is if I'm mostly shaded by the building next door then what exactly would I classify my lighting as ie. Partial sun/partial shade?
I would like to reserve my lighting for my venus flytrap and begonia sizemoreae in addition to other exotics.

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gardenfish
Jun 11, 2020 8:51 AM CST
Ok, then. The basil will need the most amount of light, as much as it can get, and the pothos and violet will do with filtered light. I have my violet in a north window, it likes it there. Now it's sitting on the windowsill. I'm not sure about the pepperomia, you would need to look it up. Other good plants would be sanseveria, certain philos, maybe peace lily. Filtered light is good, but I wouldn't put them too far away from the light. The basil may be the problem. I grow mine outside in the full sun, 8 or more hours of sun per day.
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WillC
Jun 11, 2020 9:07 AM CST
It looks like the nearby building is very close to the window. About how many feet away is it?

It looks like you have adequate natural light for low light plants and those would have to be kept right in front of and close to the window.
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Revere, Ma (hardiness zone 6b-
Walstonjw
Jun 11, 2020 9:20 AM CST
Thank you everyone for the replies, I really appreciate the insights. The basil plants are going to go outside. The plants I currently have were repotted from one I got at the store. Unfortunately something liked basil enough to come up to the second story balcony and nibble away half the leaves Blinking .

The building next to me is literally no more than 15 feet away, so it definitely affects the lighting. If I were to do a little rearranging I could potentially set up a table of sorts right up at the window and work with that.

Honestly I'm just trying to work with the plants to make a nice atmosphere. The last thing I'm trying to do is have to go with trial and error. I would hate to think I'm doing the right thing only to find I had the lighting incorrect and having to rehabilitate a plant I failed to care for properly.

I'm very thankful to have found this community. I've found a ton of useful information already and everyone seems to be friendly as can be! Thanks again yall and stay safe
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WillC
Jun 11, 2020 10:47 AM CST
If you stick with low light plants, you should be fine.
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Revere, Ma (hardiness zone 6b-
Walstonjw
Jun 11, 2020 11:17 AM CST
Thank you Will, I'll keep that in mind. Thank You!

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