SHARING/GARDENING - Growing Plants - Direct Sunlight vs. Filtered Sunlight/Shade By Juz.Carouseling For "Sharing Is Caring" Series
I heard this many times before when buyers feedback that they are having trouble germinating the seeds. I will ask a few leading questions and one of them would be - "do you have direct sunlight?". Many of you will reply a straight "Yes" without giving my question a much deeper thought ! This makes me very compelling to write this article and would like you to ponder on your own answer again. The easiest way is to define what I mean by "direct sunlight". Anything outside this definition is likely to be "filtered sunlight" or "shade". Direct sunlight is when the plant gets the rays directly on it, i.e. there is nothing between the plant and the sun. It is like you sitting outside, without a hat, and nothing is between you and the sun. Got it ? The best way to test this is put your hand (open palm) out in that area where you intend to place your pot. If you see a very clear sharp shadow (this is a must for this definition - just like the clearly defined shadow on the screen in those shadow theatre play - see pic#2) of your palm , then that is direct sunlight. Anything that is less than that, it is likely that you do not have direct sunlight ! Just FYI - If your seeds/plants are under shade (totally no shadow at all), nothing will grow there. Why is sunlight important to seeds or plants (pic#3) ? All seeds/plants need sunlight for their processes of photosynthesis. During photosynthesis, the seeds/plants use the energy of the sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to create glucose (sugar), which is translated to energy to the plants (this is the standard cycle for plants). This also helps the plants grow green. How many hours of sunlight does seeds/plants need ? General rule is AT LEAST 6 - 8 hours of direct sunlight, best morning sun. (I am not talking about foliage plants, ferns, begonias, flamed violets etc, which may require filtered sunlights). You will need to start to differentiate your plants when they become a "teen" and check if you need to start moving them inward. To conclude, please check the area where you placed your pellets, pots, container etc (for ledge, windows, filtered shade, anything that blocks or weaken the sun rays), do they fit the definition of "direct sunlight" and how many hours do they get ? If not as described, you will need to adjust or consider ways to increase the intensity and extend the timing the light source. In order to be successful in growing from seeds to plants, you will need to consider the medium of growth (I wrote an article on this too - type "medium of growth" in my listing's search box to find the article), sunlight and water. Please allow me to share an example of good (fast and furious to me) growth - remember those peppermint seeds/plants in a local school compound in my sharing (type "peppermint" in my listing's search box to find the article). These peppermint started as seeds as well. They are planted in compost-soil mix (medium of growth) in the school's garden (definitely direct 🌞) and the gals were very diligently in watering (💧) them. The end result a bed full of healthy growing peppermint plants in less than 4 weeks (the young buyers told me the plants were already blooming when I contacted them in 4 weeks and some plants were given away to students to take home to take care). Hence, you need to think about all these factors in your gardening exercise. All the best ! Happy gardening ! Thanks for reading !