The light requirements of many plants change as they grow up. They become more light tolerant. Please take into account that full sun in a desert climate is not the same as full sun in the humid tropics, where the humidity is high and it is often cloudy or hazy.
Full sun from early age
These plants tolerate unfiltered sunlight from germination.
Light shade when young
These plants should initially grow under filtered light but will adapt to full sun once established.
Light shade in dry, hot climates
These plants should grow under filtered light in desert climates but will adapt to full sun in the humid tropics.
Light shade in all climates
These plants can or should grow under filtered light in any climate.
Deep shade when young
These forest plants develop best when grown in full shade initially but may adapt to brighter shade or even full sun once established.
Deep shade in dry, hot climates
These plants should grow in deep shade in desert climates but may adapt to bright shade or even full sun in the humid tropics.
Deep shade in all climates
These plants should grow under deep shade in any climate.
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