Turning the other leaf

Nevermind with “turning the other cheek”… Don’t forget to turn your house plants!

Most plants, both indoor and out, have a natural tendency to turn their leaves to better catch the suns rays. This is known as Phototropism (Sometimes called Heliotropism). Now, most outdoor plants get light in such manner than the turning of the leaves isn’t so noticeable but for indoor plants only having window space to gather light, this can be a real issue.


As you can see in the above pic of my Geranium cuttings, they are definitely leaning in one direction. I had only watered and turned the plants 5 mins earlier. The leaning was because the plants were left on the windowsill for a week without turning. If left for longer the plant would both lean and have their leaves turned to face the sun.
If the plant was allowed to carry on too long it could result in twisted, overbalanced trunks and possibly even disfigured leaf structures. This is an extreme example of a plant when left for some time. Now how long this will take will depend on what kind of plant it is… Woodier plants will be slower to react. Thinner, more delicate plants like the Geranium above, will twist quite quickly and new growth is nearly always the first part of the plant to turn. This can lead to some strange imagery!

The way to fix this is actually quite easy. Simply turn your plants regularly!

A quick 90 degree turn every couple of days is all you need. This will allow the plant to form an equal spread of leaves in all directions and keep it neat and, more importantly, healthy.

If you want to read more on plant tropisms I would really suggest you read this



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