Signs your houseplants need more light

Signs your houseplants need more light

All plants require light for photosynthesis. It is their main source of energy. When they do not get sufficient light exposure, you can observe changes in the plant’s appearance. So, even if your home seems bright, your houseplants may be craving for more sunlight.

Here are the signs your houseplants might not be getting enough light:

No growth or slow growth

No growth or slow growth

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Lack of light will stunt the plant’s growth. If your plant has leggy growth, like leaves growing far apart or plant stems that have grown long and skinny, it is a sure shot sign of lack of light.

Leaning

Leaning

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If you notice your plants leaning towards doors, windows or areas with a brighter light, it is a clear indication of insufficient light on a portion of the plant. Rotate your plants each time you water so that all of its stems and leaves can reach the rays of sunlight.

Small Leaves

Small Leaves

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A plant producing small leaves is an indication that it needs more light to produce full-sized leaves. Your plants may also drop leaves without enough sun, especially older ones.

Browning Leaves & Tips

Browning Leaves & Tips

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If your houseplants have pale yellow or brown leaves instead of the green colour that is a sign they aren’t getting enough sun. Due to lack of light, plants can’t produce chlorophyll, the pigment that makes leaves green, and so they become pale.

Not Flowering

Not Flowering

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If your houseplants seem healthy but do not bloom during the flowering season or bloom sparsely, it probably lacks light.

Soil not drying out

Soil not drying out

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When there’s lack of light, the plant does not draw up as much water, which results in the soil staying damp for longer. If you put your plant in a position where it receives more light, you’ll notice the soil dries out quickly.

Variegated Plants reverting

Variegated Plants reverting

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The variegation is mostly white in colour. If you see the variegated houseplants revert or change back to the regular green plant version without any splash of colour, it means they need more light.

If you notice these signs in your houseplants, it’s time to move them closer to a window or door to provide them more light.

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