Someone told me that I have to turn house plants
occasionally, so that the plant gets equal light
all around. I also read somewhere that the plant
should be turned counter-clockwise. Is that true?
Question Date: 2006-07-14
Yes, you need to rotate house plants inasmuch as
they tend to have unidirectional light (unless you
live in a greenhouse). This will promote an
upright growth habit as versus one that leans
towards the light.
As to the direction of
rotation - False. The same person who came up
with this suggestion also was the one who
suggested that if you wanted an "A" on an exam,
you should walk twice around the building in which
it is given, once in each direction, while chewing
a raw red onion picked at midnight the night before.
It makes no difference how they are
Many plants have an adaptation that
causes them to grow towards the light. As a
result, in order to keep them symmetrical, they
have to get light from all directions, so they
grow out in all directions.