What to do if your plant is becoming spindly

What to do if your plant is becoming spindly

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Spindly plants can look unsightly, as well as making it more difficult for your plant to grow successfully. It may be indicative of a wider problem, so it’s worth checking on your plant’s health to see what’s going on


Spindly or leggy growth can be caused by a number of different reasons, most commonly including overfertilizing (excess nitrogen) and/or incorrect light conditions. Some plant types are just more prone to becoming spindly than others. For plants that die back in the winter, spindliness can then be caused when they experience a growth spurt as spring begins again.

While the spindliness in itself isn’t necessarily a problem, it can be unsightly and could potentially cause your plant to become top-heavy and unbalanced. Additionally, if the problem is caused by overfertilization or incorrect lighting, this could, in turn, lead to further problems with your plant.


  • An excessively long, thin plant stem

  • The stem may be curved/ start to bend

  • The stem may break under the weight of leaves or buds

Spindly plant


Firstly, you should ensure that everything is okay with your plant’s lighting. You can double-check your Site’s light level using the Light Meter (you can find this under the search tab) to make sure that it is listed correctly. Then, you should check that these light conditions are suitable for your plant’s needs by going to the ‘Info’ tab on your plant’s page.

Then, you can take a look at your fertilization schedule to see if you have been following it correctly, or if it maybe needs some changes. If the frequency of fertilizing seems to be okay (i.e. not too much), then it could still be that the problem is caused not by how much fertilizer the plant is receiving, but what type. It’s important to use the correct kind of fertilizer for each plant, as some fertilizers aren’t suitable for all plant types. Finally, make sure that you are diluting it correctly so that your plant gets the recommended amount.