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How To Know If My Plants are Getting Too Much Light?

You guys that are here and found yourself in this article all know the importance of light in growing a plant, right? At least, I think so, because the light is one of the most important factors that can fully help the growth of plants, especially the indoor ones since the plants that are outdoors are already exposed to lights. Still, everything that goes above the limit can cause damage, right? It is the same with the light on plants too!

Just as we know that light is important, you should also know that too much light is harmful! How to know if the plants are getting too much light? There are some specifications in which the plant that you have tries to kind of tell you that it is getting too much light, and it is important to be able to notice it!

In this article, I will be mentioning everything that you need to know, starting from the main things that show you guys that your plant is getting too much light!

Without any further ado, let’s get this article started!


How To Know If My Plants are Getting Too Much Light? – Symptoms

Whenever something or someone is not in good condition, there are some important things that one uses to tell it. Well, plants being more than alive know how to deal with different things but still, they need some help from you, especially when it comes to overlighting. Here are the symptoms that plants use to tell you that they are getting too much light:

Bowed Leaves

It is extremely simple to tell if your plant has a problem or not by just glancing at the leaves and seeing whether they appear normal or not, as the leaves are always the first to exhibit indications of any abnormalities. Therefore, if you see that your plant’s leaves are falling off, you should evaluate the possibility that it may be receiving more light than it requires. After a while, you could notice that the leaves are bowing, which might be a sign that your plant is having a general issue. We are aware that there are many other potential causes for this issue, but if you are certain that it is due to excessive light, you should transfer your plant to a location where it won’t receive more light than is necessary, and by giving it the right watering, your plant will heal itself.

Crunchy Leaves

As I indicated above, leaves contain a wealth of information about the general health of the plant, so by examining the leaves, you may quickly determine whether everything is well with your plant. If you glance at your plant and see that the leaves are crunchy, you can be sure that it is receiving too much light, and if you ignore this, your plant might perish completely. Therefore, to produce new, healthy leaves, you must first remove the damaged and crunchy leaves. You should also shift your plant to a location where it may receive adequate light without receiving more than is required.

Marks on Leaves

If you see some brown spots on your plant’s leaves, you could get more alarmed, but there’s no need to worry because the marks on the leaves may be an indication that your plant is receiving too much light and, of course, heat, which causes it to dry up and become too hot. Must emphasize that if you don’t take it into mind, it may also result in other issues, such as bacterial or fungal disease, both of which are quite undesirable. So, take note of it sooner and keep your plant.

Faded/Dim Look

To be honest, there is nothing to worry about because the loss of leaves as your plant ages is merely a normal occurrence. But when you see that your plant is losing leaves, there are a few factors you should pay attention to. You must first determine if the leaves appear withered or not. The most common cause of this issue is that your plant is receiving more light than necessary, so to fix this problem simply by shielding your plant from more light than necessary, you must be sure that there is a problem with your plant if you notice that it is losing leaves and the leaves are looking faded.

Fully Dried Soil

Sometimes you won’t be able to tell if your plant is experiencing a problem with too much light from the leaves; instead, you should inspect the soil around your plant to make sure that the problem isn’t just with the leaves. You may be certain that the plant is receiving too much light if you observe that the soil dries up frequently and more quickly than usual. Moving your plant to a location where it won’t receive direct sunlight is the first and easiest thing you can do to solve the problem.


How To Prevent Damages From Too Much Light? – Things to Do:

As I indicated above, a plant that receives too much sun may experience problems. While many of you may be disappointed by this, there are numerous ways to protect your plant from problems of this nature. And right now is the perfect time to consider what we can do to prevent issues like this.

1. Shade Cloth to Protect Plants

The most typical thing that most of us do to shield our plants from the sun and keep them cool is to cover them with shade cloth. The plant is protected by shade cloth, which is composed of woven material and may lower the temperature by 10 degrees while blocking the sun’s rays.

2. Early Morning Watering

The greatest thing you can do for your plant to stay healthy is to water it early in the morning since just like water is crucial for humans, plants also need it to survive. By watering your plant in the morning, you may prevent the intense heat of the day from drying out the roots.

3.  Locate Your Plant Near Tall Companions

The simplest thing you can do to shield your plant from too much light if you are unable to construct specific items like row covers or shade structures is to place it close to taller plants so they may shade your plant, which cannot handle a lot of sunlight.

Final Words

Here is the end of my informative article. Since I am a nature lover and enjoy taking care of plants, they naturally play a significant part in my daily routine. This is why I had so much fun writing this article since I love to share plant-related information and respond to readers’ questions.

I sincerely hope that everyone who reads this article will like it and, of course, find it beneficial. Stay tuned; there will be plenty more articles soon.

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Ella Holmes

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