Let There Be Light…..But Not Too Much

Let There Be Light…..But Not Too Much

Let There Be Light…..But Not Too Much

I have a few plants that I water and take care of at my church. On Sunday, a couple plants were missing from their usual place. They weren’t really mine, so I assumed someone had taken them home. Today, I was there and discovered they were still there. Someone must have thought they needed more light and so placed them on the window sill in the foyer. The geranium is more than happy. But the Southern exposure of the sill toasted the poor African violet. Literally.

A sun burned leaf on an African Violet

A sun burned leaf on an African Violet

This sunlight in a Southern exposure is quite intense and really best for your high light loving plants. In the winter, it isn’t so bad, but in the Spring and into the summer it is hot. The violet had previously been approximately 5 feet from the window, receiving very bright light. The area outside is a courtyard, surrounded by 2 wings of the church. The only area open faces directly south. The sun on the sill is extremely strong. The violet probably would have burnt even if it had just arrived from the grower. It had been in its previous position for a few weeks and so was acclimated to that exposure. Setting it back in the direct sun was about the same as putting a white pasty Michigander in the hot sun after a long, dark winter. We ARE going to burn!

So, the moral of the story is, find out what your plant needs before you place it in your home. If you researched African violets, you would find that they like a bright light, but not intense, hot sun. I’ve found that an Eastern exposure is the best, but a Western exposure is fine too. Actually, a southern exposure can work for African violets. A sheer curtain or placing the plant a few feet from the window works well. I removed the damaged leaves and placed it back from the window where it had previously been and hopefully it will recover nicely.

Burnt African violet leaves removed from the plant

Burnt African violet leaves removed from the plant

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