Bright and vibrant good light conditions are essential to keep a beautiful Polka Dot Plant with brilliantly colored and patterned leaves. Light is a source of energy for the plants that helps the Polka Dot Plant in photosynthesis. If not given proper light, the plants may occur many problems including dry leaves, slow growth, legginess, scorched leaves, etc. But how can you determine if the lighting provided is appropriate for your Polka dot plant?
Bright, indirect light will work best for Polka dot plant, which can keep the leaves' colors vibrant and prevent sunburn. Artificial light from grow lights can also work if you do not have a bright place you can put your plant in.
If you grow the polka dot plant in a low-light location, it will grow leggy quickly and fade in color. A location with light that’s too bright will also fade the foliage colors.
Where to Place a Polka Dot Plant (Indoors & Outdoors)
Grow Polka Dot Plant Indoors
If you grow polka dot plants indoors, make sure you place the pot in an area that gets bright indirect sunlight. Do not put the polka dot plant under direct sunlight.
A spot next to an unobstructed southern or eastern exposure window with morning light will provide a good amount of healthy sunlight. Light will lose some of its strength after it passes through windows, curtains, and other obstructions. So if the light is too strong, provide an obstruction for your Polka dot plant to soften the light it receives.
You can also grow the polka dot plant under full-spectrum lighting indoors.
Insufficient light will lead to many problems in polka dot plants. They will occur leggy growth and the leaves will have markedly fewer patterns. You might also notice that you lose the variegation in the leaves, and they turn light green. If you notice any of the following matters in your plants, there are chances that your plant is not getting sufficient light.
Wet Potting Soil Mix
Water added to potted plants is lost in two ways: through plant use and evaporation. Both processes require light and the heat it generates.
If the polka dot plant doesn’t get enough light, it creates a damp environment where the soil remains wet. If the plants grow in wet soil for long, it is easy to cause root rot, the most serve problem of plant growing.
Leggy growth often refers to that a plant grows longers stems than usual. Polka Dot Plants that become leggy or floppy tend to fall over and grow fewer leaves, creating an untidy spindly appearance. Poor light is often the main reason for leggy Polka Dot plants. Under poor light conditions, the plant will grow longer stems quickly to try to get closer to light, resulting in thin, fragile stems.
Insufficient light will also slow down the growth of the polka dot plant. Light is the source of energy that allows the plants to perform the basic needs such as photosynthesis to get the energy they need.
Polka Dot Plant Leaves Fading
If a polka dot plant is getting inadequate lighting, it can cause the plant to lose its colors. Insufficient the plant deprives the nutrients needed for the plant's growth leading up to it losing its colors. You might also notice that you lose the variegation in the leaves, and they turn light green.
Polka Dot Plant Root Rot
It usually happens when you overwater a polka dot plant or don’t give it sufficient light. Root rot is a severe problem that can eventually kill plants. In the beginning, the leaves usually will turn yellow and brown. Eventually, the leaves will fall off and the whole plant will die if not being processed in time. Depending on the extent of the damage, you can either re-pot or propagate Polka Dot Plant.
Solutions for Polka Dot Plant Lacking Light
Fortunately, a lack of light is a simple problem to solve. You can simply move the polka dot plant to a brighter location or use some ways to combat the low light conditions.
Move to brighter Place
Take your time when moving your polka dot plant to a brighter location. As I mentioned before, there are some good places for growing polka dot plants no matter indoors or outdoors. In low-light indoor situations, you can also move your plants outside during the warmer months.
Use artificial light
Using artificial light is the easiest way to combat low light problems. Artificial lights provide light and energy to the plants. For your Polka dot plant, choose a grow light that is broad-spectrum, with a timer.
Besides providing extra light to your plants, these lights help the plants during the cold months when the temperature conditions remain low.
Insufficient light will lead to a lack of nutrients for polka dot plant growth. At this time, applying extra fertilizer will provide nutrients to the soil so that they get the nutrition they need. They benefit from being fed once a month in low-light conditions.
Signs of Polka Dot Plant Getting too Much Light
If the Polka Dot plant is getting direct sunlight and too much light, the soil will dry out too quickly and the leaves will burn. Keep an eye out for the following signs, particularly in recently relocated plants.
Scorched Leaves/Yellow Leaves
Polka Dot Plant leaf scorch can appear as leaf spots or a burn along the margin of the leaf. Sun damage usually shows up as yellowing of the whole leaf or even scorched spots on the leaves
Polka Dot Plant Shriveling
Polka Dot Plant's shriveling sign indicates that it has been overheated and overworked! A shriveled Polka Dot Plant has either used that water to cool itself or has run out due to excessive photosynthesis. Not only will it need to be relocated to a cooler, more shady location, but it will also require thorough watering.
Solutions for Polka Dot Plant Getting too Much Light
Again, this is a problem that is easy to solve. If you notice any of these signs, you need to move them to another place with lower light or use some filters like sheer curtains or blinds. And give your Polka dot plants a thorough watering. Meanwhile, prune the yellow and dying leaves so that more nutrients will supply to the other healthy parts