There are many different types of low light plants, but the ones that are generally known as “sceptical” plants are among the most widely used and are in many cases considered better for your garden because they have less impact on the garden’s soil. The plants you should be using will depend on a few factors, the main one being the area where you will be planting them and their actual need for light.
Most low light plants require a lot of light for a variety of purposes, most notably the process of Photosynthesis. The green pigment in plants (phyllite) is made up of Chlorophyll A and B, the two pigments responsible for Photosynthesis, and these will turn into oxygen and carbon dioxide by using the light as energy. The green pigment in leaves (chlorophyll) also acts as a receptor, collecting electrons from the sun in a process called photosynthesis and storing them in the leaf for later use when it is used as an electron donor.
Sceptical plants do not require much or any light at all, and do not use Photosynthesis in any way. This is why they are considered poor candidates for a garden; because they do not need light at all. The biggest problem with the sceptical plant, and most plants for that matter, is that they are often very easy to confuse with “high lights”. A sceptical plant that is close to a highlight will often become over-shaded and it is difficult to determine which is which.
Low Light Plants
If you are planning to grow a sceptical plant, then the best way to differentiate between a sceptical plant and a highlight is by the color of its leaves. A sceptical plant will normally have a yellowish color, while a highlight will usually have a green color. These colors will often vary between species, so it is worth researching the types available before buying.
Another thing that might make sceptical plants a good choice for your garden are their tendency towards the “sandy” side. While a plant might be very green in colour, they will often be prone to rotting and leaf spotting if placed in the wrong place. This can actually help the plant if they are in fact planted next to a highlight, because the shade will keep the water and nutrients out of the leaves, preventing it from rotting and causing wilting.
Low light plants, as well as being sceptical, need more lighting than some other types of plants. Because they require so little light, some sceptics are not planted too near a highlight at all, meaning they are often planted on the edge or in corners or other strategic areas. This can help to prevent them from becoming over-shaded and being vulnerable to rotting. It can be difficult to tell which plant is which when there is a lot of shade, so some research into what kind of plants will best suit your garden is very important.
Some sceptical plants will be planted under lights in containers, while others will need to be planted on their own. If you are growing these plants in their natural environment, then they will be able to thrive even in poor lighting conditions, but you will have to watch the watering and fertilizing and ensure they get enough sunlight. Other plants will need a lot of water or light, as they will thrive on light and water more than they do when growing in containers.
Low light plants are great for gardening because they are versatile and allow you to get as much sunlight as you want on them, but do not get too much heat or moisture or sunlight and water too much. If you take care of these plants and give them a good amount of time and sunlight, you can provide some pretty spectacular blooms and beautiful plants in your garden, especially if you grow more than one species.