No sunlight? You can still grow plants!

Money plant is not the only plant that you can grow in shade. Lettuce and spinach grow too.

Those of us who have had green around our homes must have had perennial Money plants tucked in collectible pretty bottles (which could never been thrown away) or even pots that had the creeper trailing on the wall or balcony.  They were sunned once in a while or may never have seen the sun but yet they gave out new leaves and looked healthy.  If you now go to a nursery and ask for indoor plants you will be shown a wide range to choose from.   Indoor potted  plants thrive in the shade and beautify our homes and give us the much needed desire to be surrounded by green.

Italian Basil in your garden. Pic: Pratima Rao

This means all of us who have to live with little or no sunlight can have a green patch on the balcony or even a corner that’s been unused around your home.

There are many varieties of leafy ornamental plants and in many hues, textures and shapes available at local nurseries. Herbs and leafy vegetables also grow but will need at least 3 to 6 hours of sunlight.

Basically, a good rule to remember is that if you grow a plant for the fruit or the root, it needs full sun. If you grow it for the leaves, stems, or buds, shade is just fine

Salad Greens, such as leaf Lettuce, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Peas, Radish, Leafy Greens, such as  spinach, beans and carrots grow in shade without a problem. Recently,  I bought  about four English herb plants from Namdharis and they are growing happily in the shade.

Greens in your balcony. Pic: Pratima Rao

So plan your space according to the light it receives. Just spend some time and observe through the day to understand which part of your home receives most sunlight and place your vegetables or herbs in those spots. Cover the rest with ornamental plants and enjoy the green foliage.

I found this piece of information, mentioned below, which may be useful.  Google the names and you can see the plant images so that you can recognise them at the plant nursery. With the help of a compass check the direction of your balcony or front yard and you can be sure your plants will be happy.

  • North-facing:  Dieffenbachias, Aglaonimas, Philodendrons (bushy and climbing), Syngonium, Scindapsus and Marantas (suitable for humid climate)
  • East-facing: Impatiens, Spathiphyllum, Anthuriums, Saintpaulia (African Violets), Hibiscus and foliage plants such as Chlorophytum, Ophiopogonis, Eranthumum, graphatophyllums and Aralias
  • South-and West-facing: Pachystachys, Plumbago, Lantanas, Bougainvilleas, Ixoras inclusive of potted roses, Button roses, Taberna Montanas, Hamelias, Gulphimia, Petunias and Clematis.⊕

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Similar Story

Bardhaman town’s tourism potential: Why it must be developed

West Bengal's Bardhaman town has immense tourism potential. Its development must prioritise sustainable tourism and civic development.

Bardhaman town, renowned for its Bengali sweets like mihidana and sitabhog, is also famous for its rich tapestry of folk culture and heritage sites. The town has immense potential for tourism. But the question arises, how much of it has been explored?   This article aims to shed light on Bardhaman's historical sites, the initiatives to promote tourism while addressing the civic issues hindering its progress, and highlight the need to balance tourism with sustainable development.  Heritage sites of Bardhaman Sher Afghan’s tomb  Located beside Pir Beharam, close to Rajbati, lies the  tomb of Sher Afghan, the resting place of the last…

Similar Story

Nam Kudiyiruppu Nam Poruppu: Is the scheme doing more harm than good in Chennai?

RWA members within the community, chosen to implement the scheme in resettlement sites in Chennai, feel alienated from other residents.

In December 2021, the Tamil Nadu government introduced the Nam Kudiyiruppu Nam Poruppu scheme for residents living in low-income, government housing and resettlement sites managed by the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TNUHDB). In this scheme, residents form associations to oversee the maintenance of these sites, with the intention of transferring ownership of their living spaces back to them. This move is significant, especially for the resettlement sites, considering the minimal consultation and abrupt evictions relocated families have faced during the process. What the scheme entails The scheme also aims to improve the quality of living in these sites.…