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When it comes to growing plants, sunlight plays a crucial role in several key factors. Here is a breakdown of the main ones:

Quantity (Intensity):

  • Amount of light: Plants require a specific amount of daily sunlight for optimal growth, depending on the species. This can range from full sun (8+ hours) to partial shade (4-6 hours), to full shade (less than 4 hours).
  • Seasonal variations: The amount of sunlight naturally fluctuates throughout the year. In summer, longer days provide more light, while winter days are shorter. Consider seasonal light changes when choosing plants and planning your garden layout.
  • Manipulation: You can manipulate light quantity for specific goals. Use reflective materials or grow lights to increase light, or shade cloths to decrease it.

Quality (Wavelength):

  • Color spectrum: Sunlight comprises a range of colors (wavelengths). Plants primarily absorb blue and red light for photosynthesis, while reflecting green, which is why they appear green.
  • Specific effects: Blue light influences vegetative growth (leaves, stems), while red light, especially in combination with blue, promotes flowering and fruiting. Understanding these effects can help you choose the right light types for specific plant needs.

Other factors to consider:

  • Daylight duration: Aside from total light hours, the distribution of light throughout the day can matter. Some plants prefer consistent light, while others benefit from morning or afternoon sun exposure.
  • Light intensity: Too much intense light can stress and damage plants, especially in hot climates. Consider providing afternoon shade or choosing heat-tolerant varieties.
  • Acclimatization: Gradually introduce seedlings to outdoor light to avoid scorching.

By understanding these sunlight factors, you can create an environment that optimizes growth and health for your chosen plants. Remember, research the specific needs of your plant varieties for the best results starting with the following sunny varieties:

  • Achillea Coronation Gold 3.5 inch pot Achillea Coronation Gold 3.5 inch pot

    Achillea 'Coronation Gold' (3.5 inch pot)

    Achillea 'Coronation Gold' (3.5-inch pot) Common name: Yarrow Height: 24-36 Inches Spread: 18-24 Inches Hardiness Zone: 3-8 Full Sun Deciduous Golden Yellow blooms - Summer Tolerates drought, heat and humidity Gray-green, aromatic fern-like foliage...

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  • Achillea 'Firefly Diamond' PPAF (4) 1-gallons Achillea 'Firefly Diamond' PPAF (4) 1-gallons

    Achillea 'Firefly Diamond' PPAF (4) 1-gallons

    Achillea 'Firefly Diamond' PPAF (4) 1-gallons Common Name: YarrowIvory white flowers contrast beautifully with its dark green foliage. Upright, columnar habit. Flowers remain attractive as they age. Height: 24.0-28.0 InchesSpread: 32.0-40.0...

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  • Achillea Little Moonshine 10ct Quarts

    Achillea 'Little Moonshine' (10)ct Quarts

    Achillea 'Little Moonshine' (10)ct Quarts Fuss-free, heat-loving bloomer with large clusters of canary yellow flowers.Compact dwarf, mounding, early blooming sport of 'Moonshine' with the same yellow flower clusters. Low maintenance, once...

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  • Achillea 'Moonshine' (4) 1-gallons Achillea 'Moonshine' (4) 1-gallons

    Achillea 'Moonshine' (4) 1-gallons

    Achillea 'Moonshine' (4) 1-gallons Common name: Yarrow. Zones 3 to 8. Full sun. Plants reach 18 to 24 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide, upright, compact clump-forming, Growth rate: Rapid, Easy to grow. Tiny, long-lasting canary yellow flower...

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  • Achillea Oertels Rose 3.5 inch pot Achillea Oertels Rose 3.5 inch pot

    Achillea 'Oertel's Rose' (3.5 inch pot)

    Achillea millefolium 'Oertel's Rose' (3.5-inch pot)Common Yarrow Height: 12-15 Inches Spread: 18-24 Inches Hardiness Zone: 3-9 Full Sun Evergreen Rose-Pink blooms fading to white - Summer Soft fern-like foliage Tolerates drought, heat and humidity...

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