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Posted by gainans on July 24, 2020 | Last Updated: September 29, 2020 Flowers

How to Know Your Houseplant Is Soaking Up Enough Sun

We all love having houseplants in the home as they freshen things up, provide a cozy environment, and possess air-purifying qualities. They’re good for us! So, we need to make sure we’re good to them. Just like us, plants require food and water to survive, and they get their food from the sun’s rays. Through photosynthesis, plants convert sunlight into sugars which feeds itself. To keep your plant healthy and robust, then, it’s imperative it is placed in an area of your home that receives plenty of light. If you’re not sure it’s getting adequate light, then continue reading for signs of distress your plants may be exhibiting. Then, peruse the plant section of Gainan’s Flowers to see more great plants to have in your home.

Evidence Your Plant Lacks Proper Lighting


A plant with long, slender stems with a limited amount of leaves is referred to as “leggy.” As the plant reaches for its much-needed light source, its leaves become more spread apart on skinny stems. Definitely not a full and lush look, leggy plants are sure signs of insufficient light.

Small Leaves

Another indication of inadequate light is when your plant produces leaves smaller than average. If you examine new growth to leaves that were grown when the plant was healthy and see a significant size difference, then place it in an area with better light.


A plant hungry for light will stretch and lean as much as it can to get what is needs. This could result in your plant looking lopsided or one-sided. To ensure the entire plant gets ample lighting, place it in an indirect bright light area, and give it a quarter-turn every time you water it.

Abnormal Leaf Color

Leaves are supposed to be vibrant green color, but if there is only meager light, its leaves will become pale green, yellow, and eventually fall off. For plants with variegated leaves, instead of being colorful, they will revert to an all green color in order to absorb enough sunlight as possible. If you see this happening, improve the plant’s lighting right away.

Slowed or No Growth

Plant growth should be apparent, particularly during the spring and summer months. If your plant is growing slowly, or not at all, try relocating it to a sunnier spot. As light is food for plants, ample light equals ample growth.

Getting the Light Right

If you notice any of these signs in your plant, then changing its lighting is a must. However, just moving it to a more brilliant place may not be the best move. Only sun-worshipping plants such as palms, cacti, and succulents should be direct sunlight. For most other plants, except shade-loving varieties like ferns and orchids, indirect bright light works well.

If you lack floor space to get your plant into proper lighting, then elevate it with a hanging planter. Or, purchase and grow light and keep your plant where it is. Grow lights will make sure your plants get plenty of food regardless of where they are in your home.