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Signs of damage
- The first sign of a lack of lighting is an elongated stem with a small number of leaves. The plant can lose its original appearance, the sign of which is a long single stem with leaves on top.
- Variegated types of plants lose their color if they are in a place that does not have the proper lighting. Stripes and contrasting edges disappear. They fade and blur with the general color.
- In flowering plants, under improper lighting, new buds and flowers will be smaller than the previous ones. By this sign, you can immediately understand that they need more lighting. The buds may take a long time to open or may not open; the flowers will be small, inconspicuous, pale, and quickly fall.
- Due to a lack of lighting, the old lower leaves turn yellow and quickly fall off. At the same time, the stem is stretched, and the flower is lengthened. Often, the plant signals poor lighting by becoming like a stick.
- Falling leaves
How to prevent
Always look for information on the plants you cultivate that includes recommendations on lighting. If you are worried about whether your lighting is suitable, you need to feed the plants. Fertilizer for indoor plants can be bought in a specialized store, or you can prepare it yourself from improvised means.
Direct sunlight may be harmful even to exotic plants. Place such plants in a less-lit place with diffused light. From brown spots, remove the plant from direct sunlight, for example, on windows on the west side or by shading the plant during the day with curtains. If you see that the shoots are lengthening and look bare, move the pot to a brighter place. If you see yellowing, move the plant to a lighted place. Perhaps the remaining leaves can be saved. In any case, do not neglect proper nutrition.
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