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Direct and Indirect Sunlight
February 14, 2011
7:12 pm

Iam planning to start a balcony garden, mostly with vegetables. The balcony is east facing and roughly 50% of the balcony gets direct sunlight for about 1 to 2 hrs in the morning and has indirect sunlight all day. Is this sufficient for growing vegetables (root, leaf, fruit variety). I googled a bit, but I do not see any definitive answer. Guess, I will have to grow and learn.


Do any of you have experience with this ?


PS: Iam on the first floor and the next apartment block is about 25ft away and it blocks sunlight except early morning.

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March 10, 2011
4:19 pm
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hi thens


i've recently begun too,.. &  from what little i've read/seen most plants & vegetables need a good deal of sunlight.

some might grow.. but not as well.. as if they received their.. required doze of direct sunlight

one balcony of mine gets no direct sublight for most of the months in the year.

This is kind of a big problem & challange for me too.... : /


by indirect sunlight i gather you mean.. just light , & not dappled sunlight

- fulll sunlight specifications usually mean 6 hours of direct sunlight and above

- partial/shade.. is usually around 3hrs of direct sunlight

& there is dappled sunlight, or partial shade, like when light is filtered through trees & reaches the growth below


a link to some plants that can be grown in shade…


note;.. even 'shade' just usually means.. that they get some direct sunlight at least,… not that they receive no direct sunlight at all

thens wrote …PS: Iam on the first floor and the next apartment block is about 25ft away and it blocks sunlight except early morning.

yes.. i know what you mean, a lot of the sunlight that would've reached me is also blocked by other buildings sometimes,..

depends on the plant too, but from what i've seen with my plants.. direct Sunlight can make a HUGE difference ! in contrast to not recieving any (or very little) direct sunlight.

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