Guide to meeting your plants lighting requirements

Guide to meeting your plants lighting requirements

All plants need some natural light. They are living, breathing beings just like us that need light, water and nutrients in order to survive. A plant’s lighting requirements may vary and it’s important to consider it before you bring your green friends into your home. Some houseplants can tolerate hardly any natural light and some need bright and direct sunlight to flourish. 

Each individual plant will have its own lighting requirements which will be explained through north, east, south and west lighting. South facing rooms offer the most light, east will offer morning light and west facing rooms will enjoy some afternoon or evening sunlight. A north facing room has the least amount of natural light. It’s worth knowing the positioning of your space so that you can find the best plant that suits your lighting conditions. 

North facing windows: 

North facing rooms offer the least amount of natural light. Don't panic, you can still own plants that will survive in a north facing room but if possible they might need to be placed closer to the window. Some plants like Sasha the bird of paradise and Carlos the cactus should never be placed in a north facing room due to the lack of sunlight throughout the day. The best north facing plants are as follows: 

Zoe the zz plant 

Ian the cast Iron 

Foxy the chinese evergreen 

Sammy the snake plant 

Jane the Aglaonema 

Conrad the dumb cane (would also work by an east facing window) 


East facing window:

Any east facing window or room will get morning light. This is an ideal condition for the majority of plants that can't tolerate any midday direct sunlight but also need a little more light than a north facing room can offer. The plants that are placed in an east facing window will prefer about 3-4 hours of bright light in the morning but can cope with a medium light for the rest of the day. The majority of easy care plants would thrive in a east facing room with a little morning sun. The best east facing plants are as follows: 


Benny scandens brasil

Marble the pothos

Drake the corn plant

Kentia the kentia palm

Lucy the chinese money plant (could also work a metre away from a south facing window)

Ollie the Calathea (along with other Calatheas) 

Lily the peace lily

Chris the bird’s nest fern


South facing windows:

South facing rooms get the most light throughout the day. If you have a living room, kitchen or bedroom that is south facing there is a good chance that it is the sunniest and warmest part of your home. Plants that will thrive in a south facing room tend to be those who prefer high levels of direct or bright indirect sunlight. Most houseplants prefer bright indirect sunlight so placing them in a south facing room will promote plenty of new growth and will keep your plants happy overall. 


It’s worth bearing in mind that a lot of plants need to be placed out of direct sunlight. I would suggest placing these plants about a metre away from a south facing window. These plants include:


Eraser and Melany the rubber plants

Fiona the Fiddle leaf fig

Paddy the money tree

Monty the Monstera 

Rosie the roses 

Zara the Alocasia 


There are a few houseplants that love bright direct sunlight and can be placed next to a south facing window without the fear of seeing any burnt foliage. These plants are:


Sasha and Roger the bird of paradise

Percy the ponytail palm

Alex the Aloe vera

The citrus plant

Phillipa the pineapple plant

Marcel the false banana plant

Barry the banana plant


West facing window: 

A west facing room is ideal for many houseplants. These rooms will fill with afternoon and evening sun. The afternoon sun can be quite intense so it’s also good to place your houseplants about a metre away from a west facing window. It might be a different story if you have shutters or blinds on your west facing window that can give more filtered light. A west facing window is brilliant for plants that don’t need 6+ hours of sunlight a day but still thrive in a well lit room. 


These plants include: 

Monkey the Monstera adansonii

Richardo the mini monstera

Fiona the fiddle leaf fig (also good about a metre away from a south facing window)

Coffee plant (could also work a metre away from a south facing window)

Betty the Begonia 

Juliette the string of hearts 

Freya the fire flash (also could work a metre away from a south facing window)

Before you buy your plant from us make sure you’re aware of what kind of light your plants will need. As a general rule, it is worth bringing your plants closer to the window in the winter months when sunlight is limited. In the summer months your plants can be moved further back from the window when the sun is at its strongest. I hope this blog has helped you work out what kind of light your new houseplant will thrive in. If you have any questions about lighting or plant care please email us at we’ll be excited to hear how your Pointless Plants are getting along!

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