Are your plants getting enough light?


The sun's energy is the source of the majority of the energy found on Earth.Not only plants but also other living organisms rely on sunlight for energy.Plants absorb energy from the sun through a process known as photosynthesis, which powers the processes required for survival. Water serves more than just hydration for plants, and light is their only source of food, so they require plenty of it. The right kind of light is essential for their health– too much or too little, and it begins to show in the shape of the plants, the size of the blooms, and the color of the leaves.

How to Determine if Your Plant Is Getting Enough Light

The amount of light a plant need is determined by its species and the type of light it receives. For Example: 

Succulents adore light and require approximately six hours of sunlight per day, depending on the type of succulent. Because newly planted succulents can scorch in direct sunlight, you may need to gradually expose them to full sun or provide shade with a sheer curtain.

Rubber Fig plants prefer indirect, bright light that is not too hot. Its Leaves can become scorched if they are exposed to direct sunlight. To give your rubber plant just the right amount of sunlight, keep it near a window with a sheer curtain.

Ficus Bonsai is an indoor tree that does not tolerate frost. It can be left outside in the summer if the temperature rises above 15°C. It requires a lot of light, preferably direct Plant sunlight.

If your indoor light is insufficient for your plants, they will show some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Leggy Growth of stems
  • Long spaces between the leaves or leaf nodes of the plants
  • Abnormal Leaf Growth
  • Lower leaves die-off 
  • Holes in new leaves
  • Constantly Yellowing and browning of leaves.
  • Sparse or Nonexistent Flowering

Don't worry if you don't get a lot of natural light—your indoor plants can still thrive. Indoor grow lights will supplement the natural light you do receive, allowing your plants to photosynthesize more effectively.

Ways to Get Better Light for Your Plants

1. Find a Place With a Lot of Sunlight – Outside or In Your House?

Plants need light to grow. If you want to grow plants indoors, you need to provide the right amount of light for them. There are many ways of doing this but one way is by placing the plants in a room that has a lot of natural light. This is not always possible because most homes have rooms with less natural light.Some people place their plants near windows so they get more sunlight from outside. However, this may not work for every plant because some plants can't stand direct sunlight and will burn if left too close to the window for too long.

2. Consider Using Artificial Light as an Alternative

The sun is the most powerful source of light for plants. However, it is not always possible to provide them with enough natural light. Artificial lights can be used as an alternative but they have some disadvantages. One of them is that artificial lights are not able to produce the same spectrum of light that natural sunlight does.Sun lamps are a great option for people who want to grow plants indoors and do not have access to natural sunlight. They emit the same spectrum of light as the sun and provide a more even distribution of light than other types of lamps which can help your plants grow better.

3. Try Out Different Height Lighting Solutions

Trying out different height lighting solutions may also be beneficial. The sunlight you see inside your home is referred to as indoor light. It could be light from a window, through a curtain, on the patio, or simply ambient light. The majority of it is reflected off nearby buildings, trees, and other such surfaces before reaching our homes.

4. Be Aware of Shadows Caused by Furniture or Other Obstacles Near the Plant 

Sun exposure can also be limited by shadows cast by furniture or other obstructions near the plant. Before putting your plant anywhere in the house, make sure it's safe and gets enough sunlight.

5. Rotate the Plant's Pot Around Throughout the Day so It Gets Equal Exposure to Light All-Around

All plants grow towards the light, which can result in uneven growth patterns. Rotating them essentially ensures that our plants receive an even amount of light, reducing lean and promoting new growth in areas that would otherwise stagnate.

We hope this has helped you understand the critical role that light plays in plant care and growth. Reach out to us at Lolopetals to get more important information about plants and stay up to date.

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