Is Your Succulent Growing Taller by the Day?
This is What Can Be Wrong!

Are you hating the fact that your succulent is stretching way too much? Well, I will teach you why it is growing taller than usual. Knowing the reasons will help you in keeping the growth of your plant normal.

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Jimena Bolívar

April 25, 2021

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There is no doubt that succulents are beautiful. You might have got one for your room or garden to make it beautiful. But now the extra stretching of your succulent is making you worried.

Well, there is nothing to worry about. I will tell you the most common reasons that are making your plant elongated. I will also tell you how you can prevent the unnatural growth of your plant.

Insufficient sunlight stretches your succulent. The process of thinning of leaves and elongation of succulent stem is also called etiolation. Etiolation cannot be reversed. It can only be prevented by keeping your succulent in adequate sunlight.

The Lack of Sunlight is Making your Succulent Stretch Taller

Sunlight is very important for plants. It helps them in a process called photosynthesis. During photosynthesis, plants use sunlight to convert water, carbon dioxide, and minerals into energy. The resultant energy is the fuel of all the plants.

Plants use sunlight to convert minerals into energy. This process is called photosynthesis.

Just as other plants, succulents need sunlight for photosynthesis as well. If they do not get enough light, they get pale and thin. Apart from this, the stem of succulents also starts to elongate stretching the plant taller than normal. The process of elongation of succulents due to lack of sunlight is also called etiolation.

Sunlight helps in warding off etiolation.

1. Lack of Sunlight and Drying of Succulent Leaves: The First Step

The immediate effect of lack of sunlight comes in the form of drying of leaves. The process of photosynthesis halts in the plant. This results in shortage of energy. Dearth of energy makes the plant weak, pale, and dry.

If your plant dries and gets pale, take it as a precursor of etiolation. It is better if you place your plant under sunlight at this point.

So, if your succulent is looking pale, it can be a possible first step towards the issue of etiolation. This point is good signal that it is time for you to bring your plant under some sunshine.

Did You Know?

Indoor succulents are more likely to stretch taller due to etiolation. However, outdoor succulents can also undergo etiolation.

An etiolated succulent

2. Less Sunshine and Etiolation: The Second Stage

If your succulent is not getting enough light for many days, the next step is etiolation. Etiolation is the elongation of stem. It is a defense mechanism of plant. Succulent uses it to stretch it leaves to increases the chances of getting light.

After the drying of leaves, etiolation is the next step. Etiolation refers to the elongation of succulent stem in the absence of sunlight.

During this process, the plant elongates and gets taller. The leave density decreases drastically. The leaves of the plant get pale. And the plant starts to loose its natural shape and form.

Did you know?

Exposure to excessive sunlight is also bad for succulents. Too much sunlight makes the leaves fall off the plant.

An etiolated succulent

How You can Avoid Etiolation

Well, there are two simple things you can do to make your succulent look pretty again. For starters, you should make sure your plant is at

Etiolation cannot be reversed. However, pruning your succulent will lessen the effects of etiolation.

a spot where it can get sunlight. In case etiolation has already occurred, you can use pruning to cut the elongated part.

Give Your Plant More Light

If your plant is still at the first stage of drying, make sure it gets more light. Placing indoor succulent near a window or opening can help you escape the ugly-looking phase of etiolation.

If your room has no light opening, you can consider getting lights for your room that are good for plants too. You can get one of them here

Prune Your Succulent

If your succulent has already went etiolation, you cannot reverse it. However, you can take a few steps to mitigate the harms of etiolation. Most important of these steps is pruning.

You can cut the elongated parts of your succulent. Make sure you keep the healthy leaves and cut the ones that are dried out. Later on, you can plant the pruned plant somewhere else. Given ample light and, the daughter plants will grow just fine. Meanwhile, your trimmed parent succulent plant will no longer look weird.

Prune to make your plant look good.


Lack of sunlight first makes your succulent dry. Given the conditions persists, the natural defense system of the plant triggers. It starts to elongate the stem of your succulent to find more sunlight. The process in which your succulent stretches tall in the absence of sunlight is also called etiolation.

You can put your dried-out succulents at a well-lit place. This will keep your succulents safe from etiolation. If your plant has already undergone etiolation, use pruning to trim the elongated stems and to regrow them.

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!



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