How do I know if my plant is suffering from a lack of lighting?

  • Increased internode spacing and the distance between leaves. If a plant lacks sufficient light, it will stretch towards it. If you notice that a plant is disproportionately elongated, with significantly increased spacing between leaves, and it's leaning towards the light source, then its current location is likely inadequate. You should find a better-lit spot for it.
  • Leaves lose their color because they contain chlorophyll, which gives them their green hue and facilitates light absorption for photosynthesis. Insufficient light causes leaves to gradually lose their vibrant color, resulting in a paler appearance.
  • Each new flower appears smaller than the previous ones. Flowers may become smaller, distorted, discolored, and quickly wither, sometimes even before fully blooming.
  • Leaves become smaller, especially noticeable in young plants. Adequate light is essential for proper growth, so a lack of it can hinder a young plant's development. Consequently, insufficient light can lead to smaller leaves and an overall decline in the plant's appearance.
If you observe any of these signs on your plant, it likely requires additional light. If you've already placed your plant in the brightest available spot and it still exhibits these symptoms, consider using a specialized lamp, known as a grow light or phytolamp, to extend the daily light exposure. This can help your plant maintain its health throughout the year.
If you want to determine whether your plant is receiving sufficient light, you can use our Light Meter tool to find the perfect location for it.