Sun or Shade

Most plants respond best to a certain amount of sunlight each day, Full Sun, Partial Sun (Light Shade), Partial Shade, Full Shade, or Dense Shade. Cloudy, rainy days coupled with the shade provided by nearby plants and structures can significantly reduce the amount of sunlight available.  Plants survive only where the amount is within a specified range.

Direct Sunlight – the sun shines directly on the plant with no other plants, trees, or structures interfering with the sunlight.

Filtered Sunlight – the sun shines on the plant through the branches or leaves of another plant or tree, or through a structure.

DEGREE of SHADESUNLIGHT DEFINITION
FULL SUN
6 - 8 Hours each Day
Direct Sunlight on the plant ALL DAY.
PARTIAL SUN (aka LIGHT SHADE)
4 to 6 Hours each Day
Direct Sunlight on the plant for 4 to 6 hours each day.
OR
All Day
Filtered Sunlight on the plant ALL DAY ( half sun and half shade )
PARTIAL SHADE
2 to 4 Hours each Day
Direct Sunlight on the plant for 2 to 4 hours each day.
OR
All Day
Filtered Sunlight on the plant ALL DAY ( 25 % or less sun )
FULL SHADE
All Day
NO Direct Sunlight or Filtered Sunlight on the plant. Only reflected or indirect sunlight.
DENSE SHADE
All Day
NO Sunlight at all.

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