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Posted by Breens Florist on July 23, 2020 | Last Updated: July 28, 2020 Flowers Gifts

Sunlight and Houseplants: Find the Perfect Balance

You may think you’ve found the perfect, well-lit spot for your new houseplant, but if it’s not growing like you thought it would, chances are it’s not getting enough light. There are noticeable marks and other signs plants demonstrate which let you know it needs more, or less, light. If you think you’ve got the watering schedule down, then Houston’s top florists, Breens Florist, wants you to check for any of the below indications your plant gives your regarding its light source.

Spotting the Clues in Your Plants Indicating Poor Light



Light is food and energy for plants and when they do not get enough of it their stems become skinny and sparse, which is known as “leggy.” Light-deprived stems also have large gaps between adjacent leaves. The space between leaves is known as the internodal space and large internodes are definite signs of a  plant that is not getting enough light.

Leggy Plant


Small Leaves

If the new leaves your plant is developing seem much smaller than they should be, then the plant is likely not receiving adequate light. Just compare the new growth to the old growth to see if there is a marked difference in size.



When a plant needs to reach and face a light source to get enough of it to remain healthy, it takes on a leaning or lopsided look. To remedy, move your plant closer to the light turn it once a week to ensure the entire plant gets adequate sun and not just one side.

Leaning Plant


Abnormal Leaf Color

Pale, dull, green leaves, and yellow leaves are signs of light deficiency. Also, with variegated leaves, the colors will begin to disappear and revert back to all green in the plant’s effort to absorb as much light as possible.


Slowed Growth or No Growth

If the growth of your plant appears stunted, then try moving it to a brighter area. Light is the lifeforce of plants and gives plants the energy to grow and thrive. If there’s no new growth or noticeably slowed growth, then there is an insufficient light problem.


Getting the Light Right


Healthy Plants

For most plants, medium to indirect bright light is a good option. This consists of a room that gets light for most of the day but it’s not direct light – meaning there is a sheer curtain, a bit of shade, or a dappling effect coming in to diffuse the light somewhat.

A little trial and error may be involved in getting the lighting just right for your individual plants, just know what to look for to keep them healthy and flourishing.