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What the heck is dappled sun? Do you get confused by some of those sun/shade terms on plant tags?
Here’s an explanation:
- Full sun is at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. 8 hours is best for tomatoes, peppers, melons.
- Dappled sun is the lightest shade. It’s full sun filtered through open-branched trees such as honey locust, aspen and birch.
- Light shade/partial sun are interchangeable. These plants need 3 to 6 hours of direct sunlight, usually in the morning or afternoon. If the tag emphasizes shade, then plant in morning sun. If it emphasizes sun, then plant in afternoon sun, which is hotter.
- Medium/partial shade is 1 to 3 hours of sunlight, this could be dappled sun.
- Full/heavy shade is could be a wooded area or on the north side of your house under eaves and generally receives no reflected light.
Sun from the west is hottest, followed by south, east and finally north. How does your site light up? Check the sun throughout the day, keeping in mind as the season continues, this changes.