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Episode 71: Low Light Plants for Beginners and Advanced Plant Parents with the Houseplant Guru

Today I welcome Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, otherwise known as the “Houseplant Guru” to the show for an enlightening conversation about how to care for plants in low light environments, and what the best beginner and advanced and interesting low light tolerant plant choices we can make. We discuss how to truly understand if we have low light, several hacks to capitalize on the light we have and she suggests some really interesting plants besides your normal pothos, dracaena and snake plants we know so well. Lisa is the author of Grow in the Dark: How to Choose and Care for Low Light Houseplants and Houseplants: The Complete Guide. I love her books and I love her!

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In this episode we learn:

  • How Lisa became “The Houseplant Guru”
  • How to measure low light with no fancy tools
  • How to “hack” your way to capitalizing on all the hacks you have
  • How low light affects your plant care routing
  • Watering for a low light plant
  • Phototropism
  • How Variegated plants are affected by low light
  • Standard low light plants
  • Lisa’s 5 more rare and unknown low light plants for advanced plant parents looking for something new!
  • Patreon Plant Friends and Listener Questions!

If you are interested low light plants or purchasing Lisa’s books, they are linked in the show notes, and you can visit my amazon store where I have put together a compilation of my favorite low light plants and grow lights.

Buy Grow in the Dark: How to Choose and Care for Low Light Houseplants (Amazon Affiliate Link)

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