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How to treat a spindly plant
Spindly or leggy growth can be an indication of improper growing conditions. It's most commonly caused by a plant not getting enough light. The low light levels result in elongated stems that stretch toward the light and may be tipped by uncharacteristically small or mis-shapen leaves. Frequent overwatering can sometimes produce this result as well.
An excessively long, thin stem
Pale new leaves
Longer distance between leaves than usual
The stem may break under the weight of the foliage
What to do now
Ensure that your plant is getting sufficient light
Add grow lights if necessary during the winter months when light gets more weak and days shorter
Be careful not to overwater or fertilize too much, as this can also promote a leggy growth
If your plant seems to be in ideal conditions but still has leggy growth in the months following bringing it home, it may be a factor out of your control. Some growers treat plants with a retarding agent to keep plants compact. As this wears off, you may see spindly growth. This can often be seen on Hibiscus and Poinsettia.