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In terms of light, I live in a standard Russian apartment, so I don’t have any floor-to-ceiling windows or roof windows. Considering this fact, I have very limited options to decorate rooms with houseplants. But I want them everywhere πŸ˜… One solution that works for me is what I would call plant rotation. The idea is to regularly replace a plant that is growing in low-light conditions by a fresh one from a normal position. I don’t mean discarding but moving to a “light resort” to recover before it undergoes irreversible changes. Time of being on a decorative watch depends on how tough a particular plant is and how dark is a spot. Best candidates are shade-tolerant and slow-growing plants, for example, Zamioculcas (ZZ plant) or Sansevieria (snake plant).

I want to share my experience of plant rotation with tough but not that sluggish grower β€” Peperomia glabella. A place that I green with it is in the very back of the room under the shelf. When lights are on (12-15 hours per day) illuminance there is around 90 foot-candles (used HPJ light meter app to measure). With this amount of light, Peperomia glabella stretches out a lot. I resolve it by a trim when moving to the light place. It regrows nicely and quickly. Last time I leave my workhorse in harsh conditions for a really long time: almost half-year.

Peperomia glabella stretched out after months in a shady place

However, it looks great now β€” a couple of months after a hard cut back!

Peperomia glabella regrowth
Regrowth of Peperomia glabella

If you want to try plant rotation don’t forget that in general a plant needs less water in a shady spot then the same plant in a sunny one πŸ˜‰

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