Do you have a houseplant that’s not getting enough sun? Here are the telltale signs of what to do.
Warnings that Your Houseplants Need More Sunlight
1. Leggy Growth
One of the most important warning signs to watch out for is leggier growth. Watch how leaves are growing farther apart in search of more light and with thin stems, these are great indicators that your plant may be ready for more sunlight!
2. Moving it to the Light’s Source
Some plants have a natural tendency to stretch in the direction of light. This is because these parts do not receive enough sunlight and so they start looking for it, becoming sick and with effort until finally achieving its goal!
The best way to make sure that your plant gets enough light is by rotating it. It’s also beneficial for the shape and health of each individual leaf on its own!
3. Brown Tips & Leaves
If you notice the tips of several leaves turning brown, then there could be a few reasons why. It’s possible it isn’t getting enough light or that your plant parts are being overtopped by water with too much fertilizer in them for example – so be careful!
To correct this problem, improve the intensity of light and water only when soil is dry.
4. Smaller Leaves
If you’re noticing that your plant has smaller leaves than it should be and dull foliage, there may not enough sun for the roots.
This could cause a shortage of nutrients or water to reach its tissues so make sure they get all the light possible by pruning off any branches blocking an area with good exposure!
Some other factors can affect the size of your plant’s leaves, like if it is root-bound or in a small pot.
5. Pause on Growth
Is your houseplant only trying to survive and not thriving? If it has been a few months, that is probably an indication that you are giving them too little sun.
Give plants like this at least 2-3 hours of bright every day with direct sunlight for optimal growth!
6. Dull Foliage
A plant with variegated leaves is one that displays bright and colorful leaves when exposed to the right light. Nonvariegated plants have their foliage in bright and good looking only when the light is proper.
If you notice dull foliage with a lack of luster and colors, then it’s likely because the plant isn’t getting enough light.
7. Soil Stays Wet for Long
It is important to make sure that your plants get enough sun and air, otherwise they won’t be able grow well. If the soil doesn’t dry out for 3-5 days then this indicates a shortage of light or moisture in their current position.
In order to photosynthesize, plants need sunlight. When there is a lack of enough light and air circulation it can lead to root rot because they’re not getting evaporated water from their leaves as well- which means that the plant’s internal balance may be upset, leading to potentially further problems with its growth or even death!
8. Faded Colors
Faded colors indicate that the plant is not getting enough sun. Variegated plants are more susceptible to fading than those with solid hues, and they tend lose their vividness over time when left in direct light all day long.
9. Mushy Foliage
Mushy foliage is an indication that the plant has had enough water, but is desperate for sunlight.
Check to see if any of your plants’ leaves feel squishy or soft; this occurs when they’re not getting enough sun, and move your plant to a sunnier location.