Helping a plant that has been exposed to too much light

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Light is good, and key for thriving plants. However, sometimes it can become too much, which can actually cause damage to your plants.


  • Burn marks on leaves

  • Higher water need than normal

  • Fading and washed-out colors of the leaves


If there are marks on the leaves of your plant, these unfortunately won't heal, but to stop it from happening again, make sure to move your plant to a shadier location or provide some shade for your plant on its current site. The excessive sunlight may also be drying the soil out too quickly. If your plant seems thirstier than normal, you may wish to add an extra watering - make sure to register this in Planta to update the care schedule.

You may need to re-assess where you keep your plants so that they can best thrive in their environment. In order to make sure that your plant is suitable for the location that it is currently in, you can check the light conditions of that site using the Light Meter.

Using the Planta Light Meter By using Planta’s Light Meter to measure the light conditions of each of your sites, you can make sure that your plants are placed in a suitable location for their needs.

How to use it:

  • Firstly, Open Planta > Find plant > Light Meter OR My Plants > Choose Site > Settings (gear in top right corner) > Light > Use Planta Light Meter

  • For best results, you should measure the light at 12:00 noon

  • Position your device’s camera as close as possible to where you intend to place your plant

  • Point the camera towards the window (or other main light source)

  • Try to keep your device straight and not tilted

  • The meter bar will shift to indicate which light level best represents your room, and will give a Lux value

  • The light ‘types’ range from Dark, Shade, Part Sun, to Full Sun

  • Then confirm which light type applies to each site based on what the Light Meter recommends Note! If you use the Light Meter on a particularly sunny day, you will get a higher value than on a day where the weather is cloudy or gloomy. Therefore, if it’s an unusually bright day, it may be better to wait until a more ‘average’ weather day in order to best represent the typical light conditions

Light meter


I DON’T WANT TO MOVE MY PLANT, CAN I SHELTER IT INSTEAD? If you’re worried about your plant getting too much sun but don’t want to (or can’t) move it, you can consider covering it instead. You can use a lightweight material such as burlap or an old sheet, or you can also buy a floating row cover - these are designed to protect your plant without touching it, which may interfere with its growth. You could also strategically place more sensitive plants next to taller, less sun-sensitive plants, providing them with a natural place to shelter from direct light. Just make sure the taller plants have a wide enough spread to cover the plant you want to hide.

HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH LIGHT MY PLANT NEEDS? Check the light recommendations in Planta. Many plants prefer bright, indirect light, but not all - this greatly depends on the type of plant. Plants that have adapted to exist in darker environments can tolerate low light conditions, for example, the ZZ plant. On the other hand, the aptly-named Sunflower will not do very well at all if it doesn’t receive enough hours of full, bright sunlight per day. You can find information about each plant’s light needs by tapping on the ‘Info’ tab. You’ll also see a ‘Not Recommended’ warning message if the light conditions of your site don’t match up with a particular plant.