Illumination of potted house plants, how to provide more light
Signs your houseplant needs more light
Light is one of, if not the most, important resources your plant requires. Proper lighting can make your plant grow strong and appealing, while its lack can leave it looking small and weak. In this article you will learn what symptoms to look out for if you suspect your plant is nor getting enough light and what to do to fix it.
When not supplied with enough light, plants can’t produce chlorophyll, which is the pigment that makes them green. This causes them to go pale, transitioning into yellow.
Not providing enough light makes plants seek it out themselves. They start growing up, trying to reach a source of light – this makes them leggy; the stems elongate and leaves grow vertically instead of horizontally.
Pretty much the same issue as legginess, but horizontal. The plant starts to lean, looking for a light source. This can lead to one side being much fuller than the other. A good fix for this, aside from moving the plant altogether, is to rotate it periodically, evening out the amount of light received.
Slow or no growth.
Those two issues are really degrees of the same problem – without light your plant doesn’t have the energy for growth. This can either lead to less growth, like smaller leaves or slower development, or ceasing it altogether.
Soil remains moist for a long time
Less growth means your plant will require less water, so it will not be able to absorb the normal amount, leaving the soil moist for longer. This can lead to root rot, which is extremely dangerous and hard to counteract.
How to provide more light?
Moving your plants to a south facing room is a good way to fight light deficiency, but not everyone has the ability to do that. In that case growlights are the best way to provide light to your plants. Verticana LED lamps emit a full spectrum of light, making them perfect for replacing sunlight.Plants require red and blue light the most – this means a lot of growlights have a purple color, uncomfortable to the human eye. Verticana lamps provide the same wavelengths and then some, while also having a pleasant, bright color. The modular system is easy to customize and assemble, letting you control the light your plants get.