How to straighten a leaning plant

How to straighten a leaning plant

Want to learn more about Plant growing obliquely (move or rotate)

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It can be frustrating when your plant isn't growing evenly. Usually it's not due to detrimental health but if you want to help balance it out, there are a few things you can do.


Plants grow towards the light which is why they can sometimes develop a lean or stems that grow very long before developing leaves. It could be a sign that your plant needs a little more light than it is currently getting, or that its current light source is only coming from one direction. This typically isn’t a problem as long as your plant isn’t showing other symptoms of ill health, but could potentially lead to other issues such as leaning, being top-heavy or unbalanced etc.

Plant growing obliquely


In order to encourage more even growth, you can try moving it to a brighter location. Just make sure that the type of plant is suitable for a higher light level, as some plants are more sensitive than others to direct sunlight- you can check the suitability by going to your plant’s ‘Info’ tab. Even plants that can handle direct sunlight might need to be acclimated slowly to not get burnt.

Using a grow light to substitute light from above might help give your plant a fuller and more symmetrical growth.

Avoid placing plants in corners, against walls, or near furniture that will block the light. If you have a plant that lives against a wall, it may be good to rotate it every couple of weeks to prevent leaning