Land exposure is crucial in gardening. Although light and brightness requirements of plants differ depending on species, sunlight is essential in most cases. Determining the garden’s exposure allows one to choose the most appropriate type of flower to be planted. Most plants grow best under intense light, while some species prefer to grow in a very shaded area.

To help plants grow and to increase their longevity, the gardener must consider several parameters, including the garden’s exposure to the sun. Good exposure can stimulate plant growth and help the gardener achieve the desired results.

The importance of garden exposure

Several factors such as sunlight, moisture, shade and wind, affect a plant’s growth. Plants that require strong sunlight need to grow in a constantly damp soil. If the land is strongly exposed to sunlight, the plants must be protected from UV rays, and be covered with winter veils. Moisture is essential but it should not be permanent to avoid infection by fungi. Some plants only grow in the shade, and should be placed away from direct sunlight. When buying seeds or cuttings, it is best to learn about the plant’s characteristics. To protect the plants, it is advisable to set up a windbreak.

The different degrees of brightness

The solar rays are essential to the majority of plants, providing the heat necessary to their development. The exposure varies depending on the plants’ brightness requirement, which differ depending on species. The northern part of the garden is almost in the shade the whole day, with a very low brightness level, while the south remains sunny. In the area of ??partial shade, plants facing east may be subjected to weak sunshine in the morning, while those facing west will be exposed to the sun’s heat in the afternoon and evening. Shading refers to an area that the sun’s ray do not reach directly but that nonetheless enjoys a small amount of brightness.

A shadow, on the other hand, permanently deprives an area of ??the sun’s rays, as is the case for a plot of land located between two buildings or walls. Softened or dimmed light occurs when the sun’s rays are filtered through a screen, like foliage, for a few hours during the day.

The luminosity required for plants to grow

A plant requires a specific amount of brightness to develop. Labels of bags containing flower seeds or cuttings usually indicate the recommended amounts brightness and ideal location of plants. Nasturtiums, succulents, geraniums, olive trees and roses in pots require a sunny location while azaleas, fuchsias, ivy, lilies, or hydrangeas prefer a shaded ground. The begonia is able to grow both in the shade and in full sun.

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Published in Basics by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011