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Houseplant Water and Light Conditions Guide

This page has been created to give some guidelines on water and light conditions needed for your house plants to grow well. This information was compiled and made available courtesy of Sunborne, a high quality supplier of house plants. Below is a key for lighting and watering requirements followed by a list of house plants and their associated lighting and watering preferences. This is just a general guideline and some exceptions will occur.

Lighting
  • H = Area with as much light as possible; within 3 feet of a sunny window.
  • M= Moderately lit area, within 8 feet of a sunlit window.
  • L = Poorly lit area, but bright enough to allow reading during several hours of the day.
Watering
  • 1 = Water thoroughly, then allow soil to dry out almost completely between waterings.
  • 2 = Water thoroughly, then allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings.
  • 3 = Water thoroughly; and keep soil moist (not wet or soggy) at all times.

Common Name / Botanical Name Optimal Light Water
African Masks Alocasia sanderiana H/M 2
African Violets Saintpaulia ionantha H 2
Aglaonema Hybrids Aglaonema M/L 1-2
Aloe Vera Aloe Vera H 1
Amaryllis Hippeastrum hybrida H 2
Anthuriums Anthurium H/M 2
Anthurium Ruffles Anthurium M/L 2
Arboricola Schefflera arboricola M 2
Areca Triandra Areca triandra H/M 2-3
Aspidistra Aspidistra elatior M/L 1
Baby Tears Helxine soleirolii H/M 3
Bamboo Palm Chamaedorea seifrizii M 2
Begonia -"Iron Cross" Begonia masoniana H/M 2
Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus H/M 3
Bird ofParadise Strelitzia nicolai H 2
Black Olive Olea europaea H 3
Blechnum Fern Blechnum gibbum H/M 3
Bridal Veil Trandescantia multiflora H 3
Bromeliad -Hybrids Aechmea, Guzmania, Neoregelia, Tillandsia, Vreisea M 1-2
Burro Tails Sedum morganianum H 1
Button Fern Pellaea rotundifolia H/M 2
Cactus -Assorted H 1
Caladium Caladium H/M 3
Calathea -Assorted varieties Calathea H/M 3
Chamaedorea Falsifera Chamaedorea falsifera M 2
Chamaedorea Maya Chamaedorea maya H/M 2-3
Chenile Acalypha hispaniolae H 2
China Doll Radermachera sinica H/M 3
Cissus Cissus rhombifolia Grapeleaf H/M 2
Cissus Cissus rhombifolia Ellen Danica Oakleaf H/M 2
Clerodendrum Clerodendrum thomsoniae H 3
Coffee plants Coffea arabica H 3
Coleus -Assorted Coleus H 3
Congo Fig Dorstenia elata H 3
Cordatum Philodendron cordatum M/L 2
Cordyline "Red Sister" & "Kiwi" Cordyline H 2
Creeping Charlie Pilea M 2
Croton Codiaeum H/M 3
Ctenanthe Ctenanthe H/M 3
Cyclamen Cyclamen H 3
Dieffenbachia Bali Hai, Camille, Compacta, Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia M 2
Dracaena: Dracaena M/L 1-2
Fragrans
Janet Craigii
Janet Craigii Compacta
Janet Craigii Lisa
Lemon Lime    
Marginata    
Massangeana    
Michiko    
Tricolor    
Warneckii    
Exacum Exacum affine H 3
Fabian Aralia Stump Polyscias balfouriana H 2
False Aralia Dizygotheca elegantissima H 2
Ferns- Asparagus Plumosus Asparagus plumosus M 2
Boston Nephrolepis exaltata bostoniensis H 3
Dallas Nephrolepsis exaltata dallas H 3
Kangaroo Paw Microsorium diversifolium H/M 3
Kimberly Queen Nephrolepsis obliterata H 3
Rabbits Foot Davallia fajeensis H 3
Santa Rosa Aglaomorpha H/M 3
Ficus Repens Ficus repens H 3
Ficus: Ficus H 2
Alii    
Alii " Amstel King"    
Benjamina    
Decora    
Gold King    
Indigo    
Lyrata    
Midnight    
Monique    
Nitida    
Triangularis    
Fish Hooks Senecio radicans H 1-2
Fishtail Palm Caryota mitis M 3
Fittonia Fittonia argyroneura H/M 3
Ginger Bamboo Alpinia sanderae H 3
Goldfish Columnea H/M 2
Gynura Gynura sarmentosa H 3
Hedera Hedera helix H/M 3
Hindu Rope Hoya carnosa compacta H 1
Homalomena Homalemena M 2
Hoya Carnosa Hoya carnosa H 1-2
Iresine lresine H 3
Jade Crassula argentea H 1
Kalanchoe Kalanchoe blossfeldiana H/M 1
Kentia Palm Howeia forsteriana H/M 2
Lipstick Aeschynanthus lobbianus H/M 2
Lipstick "Black Pagoda" Aeschynanthus marmoratus H/M 2
Maiden Hair Fern Adiantum raddianum H 3
Maranta Maranta M 2-3
Metallica Palm Chamaedorea metallica M 2
Ming Aralia Polyscias fruticosa H 2
Moses in the Cradle Rhoeo spathacea H/M 3
Moss Fern Selaginella kraussiana H 3
Mother Fern Asplenium viviparum H 3
Neanthe BelIa Palm Chamaedorea elegans M/L 2
Neodypsis Palm Neodypsis decaryi H 2
Norfolk Island Pines Araucaria heterophylla H 2
Orchids Dendrobium, Oncidium, Phaleonopsis H/M 2
Ornamental Peppers Capsicum H 3
Peperomia -full assortment Peperomia H/M 2
Pleomile -Retlexa "Song of India" Pleomile reflexa H/M 2
Philo Congo Philodendron congo M 2
Philo Imperial Red Philodendron imperial red M 2
Philo Hope -Miniature Selloum Philodendron hope M 2
Philo Selloum Philodendron selloum M 2
Philo Split leaf on stake Philodendron monstera M 2
Philo on a stake Philodendron M 2
Phoenix Roebellini Phoenix roebellini H/M 2-3
Polka Dot Hypoestes phyllostachya H 2
Ponytail Palm Beaucarnea recurvata H 2
Pothos Scindapsus aureus M 2
Rhapis Palm Rhapis excelsa M/L 3
Sago Palm Cycas revoluta H 2
Sansevieria -Black Coral/Black Gold / Laurentii / Zeylanica Sansevieria H/M/L 1
Scheftlera Amate Schefflera amate M 2
Spathiphyllum.Spathiphyllum M/L 3
Spider Plant Chlorophytum H/M 2
Staghorn Fern Platycerium bifurcatum H/M 2
String of Hearts Ceropegia woodli H 2
String of Pearls Senecio rowleyanus H 1
Syngonium Syngonium M/L 3
Tupidanthus Tupidanthus calyptratus M 2
Yucca Rikki, Stumps, Variegated Yucca elephantipes H 1
Wandering Jew Tradescantia tricolor H 3
Xanadu Philodendron Xanadu M 2
ZZ Plant Zamia furfuracea H/M/L 1
Zebra Plant Aphelandra squarrosa H 3
Zygocactus Zygocactus truncatus H 1-2

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