What to do if your plant is getting too much water and too little light

What to do if your plant is getting too much water and too little light

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Light and water are two of the key factors for everything that’s alive - including us and our plants. If the balance between water and light is off your plant can begin to suffer.


  • Yellow leaves

  • Black spots

  • Dropping leaves

  • Stunted growth

  • Elongated growth

  • New growth lacking chlorophyll

  • Stems starts do die off

Overwatering Dracaena Yellow Leaves


Try to make sure that your plant is placed in the best possible conditions - consider moving it to a lighter spot or put it under grow lights. If you want to move it to direct sunlight it might need to be gradually acclimated to it first so you don't risk scorching the leaves.

HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH LIGHT MY PLANT NEEDS? Check the light recommendations for each plant in Planta. It ranges from full sun, bright indirect light to shade. If you’re not sure what the light conditions of your sites are, you can use the Light Meter to measure this.

Watering Plants in Window


In addition, you should check on your watering schedule to see that your plant is getting the right amount of water - not too much and not too little. Any excess water collected in the outer pot or on the tray should be removed a short while after you have watered your plants.

You may also want to check its drainage. If your pot does not have holes, you may want to consider repotting it. However, sometimes your plant may appear to drain very slowly even if there are adequate drainage holes. If this is the case, you may need to change the type of soil you are using, or you could try manually aerating it to stop the soil from becoming compacted.

- If your plant is placed in an outer pot, make sure that it isn't sitting to tight against the nursery pot. This can actually close of the air circulation and cause root rot.


You can find all the recommended soil types for each one of your plants in Planta