Plants can sometimes be a mystery to us, whether we’re a beginner or a experienced plant owner. At Plant we receive a lot of questions, often paired with the worried expression of a concerned plant-parent. Am I watering enough? Too much? How do I know if my plant is getting enough light? Am I doing something wrong? Here to (hopefully) help is a guide to diagnose an ill-looking plant, or to simply reassure that you are doing something right.
As plants require a balance of sunlight and water, finding that balance is often the key to solving your plant worries.
For tropical plants the “guidelines” are flexible. Depending on the type of tropical the lighting and watering requirements vary greatly (for example, fern care is drastically different than snake plant care). With that said, the signs for underwatering, overwatering, and lighting conditions will present themselves in similar ways.