Why you should rotate your plants

Photo credit:  General Store

Photo credit: General Store

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Just like humans, plants have good and bad sides! Unlike us, plants need to show both on an equal basis for balanced growth. And if you’ve ever seen a heavily leaning indoor plant, you can bet it wasn’t getting a regular rotation.

So why is it a good idea to rotate indoor plants? Unlike the sun, which moves across the sky throughout the day, windows and artificial light limit the amount of light exposure our plants are getting, and where they’re getting it. And because all plants grow towards the light, this can often lead to uneven growth patterns. Rotating them essentially ensures that our plants are getting an even amount of light, reducing the lean and also promoting new growth in areas that might otherwise stagnate.

So how often should you rotate your indoor plants? For plants that prefer lots of light, rotating them once every few months should do the trick. However, for a plant placed in a medium to low light area, you may need to rotate them more often, up to once every few weeks or once a month.

And as a helpful reminder: if it’s been a while since you’ve rotated your plant, you may need to give the side that’s been hiding a bit of a clean up! Wipe the leaves clean of dust build-up, and don’t be afraid to remove any dried out foliage while you’re at it.
 


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