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Light for houseplants

Light for houseplants
Posted by Leslie from on 2001-03-21 10:31:50

We are getting new windows. We were
told if we get low-e coating on the
windows all my houseplants would die.
Does anyone know if this is true? Does
anyone have low-e glass & houseplants?
  • Check sellers specs
    Posted by Nan from WI/4 on 2001-03-21 15:51:50

    Quoting Leslie: ------------
    -We are getting new windows. We were
    -told if we get low-e coating on the
    -windows all my houseplants would die.
    -Does anyone know if this is true? Does
    -anyone have low-e glass & houseplants?
    Leslie: This one's definitely 'way
    'bove my head! But...the seller's of
    the windows should have spec sheets on
    them....somewhere on there I would
    think they'd list the amount/number of
    footcandles of light that these new
    windows emit....most houseplant books
    give recommedations of the
    amount/number of footcandles of light
    recommended for 'most' plants. This
    might be the long way to find out, but
    at least a way! If you can't find a
    book with the recommended footcandle
    info, I have one, and would be happy to
    quote it for you!
    • Light for houseplants
      Posted by Leslie from on 2001-03-21 16:13:05

      Quoting Nan: ------------
      -Quoting Leslie: ------------
      -We are getting new windows. We were
      -told if we get low-e coating on the
      -windows all my houseplants would die.
      -Does anyone know if this is true? Does
      -anyone have low-e glass & houseplants?
      -Leslie: This one's definitely 'way
      'bove my head! But...the seller's of
      -the windows should have spec sheets on
      -them....somewhere on there I would
      -think they'd list the amount/number of
      -footcandles of light that these new
      -windows emit....most houseplant books
      -give recommedations of the
      -amount/number of footcandles of light
      -recommended for 'most' plants. This
      -might be the long way to find out, but
      -at least a way! If you can't find a
      -book with the recommended footcandle
      -info, I have one, and would be happy
      to
      -quote it for you!
      Thanks for the info! I have several
      books that I saw the footcandle info
      in. I will check with window dealer and
      see if they have the specs for that. I
      sure don't want all my plants to die.
      • window tinting
        Posted by Will Creed from NYC on 2001-03-22 19:55:32

        I am not an expert on this topic
        either. However, I do know that the
        issue with coated windows is not so
        much light intensity (measured in
        footcandles), but the portion of the
        light spectrum that is blocked out by
        the coating. There are certain portions
        of the light spectrum that are critical
        for healthy plant growth. If they are
        blocked, then your plants will struggle
        regardless of the intensity. Check with
        the manufacturer about this. Good luck.

        http://HortHelp.homestead.com

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