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Why two of the same plant may develop differently

Have you bought two identical plants, just for them to grow in a different way? This could happen for several reasons, all of which have to do with how the environment affects plant growth. The following conditions may affect the growth of your plants:


Water is necessary for all life, even the hardiest of plants. So, what effect does water have on plant growth? The roots of a plant can rot if the soil has too much water in it, and the plant can’t get enough oxygen from the soil. A plant can’t get the nutrients it needs to grow if it doesn’t have enough water.

You can check the amount of water in the soil and make sure a plant is getting enough water by doing a few easy things. Simply putting your finger up to your knuckle in the soil is one of the quickest methods. The soil contains sufficient water if it is moist; the plant needs to be watered if the soil is dry. The pot may even require rehydration if it appears lighter than usual or if the soil is pulling away from the sides.


The quality of the soil in your garden has a significant impact on how well plants grow. Growing plants in the wrong kind of soil has a negative impact on their growth because different plants are adapted to different types of soil. Selecting the best plants for your garden is easier with understanding the various soil properties and their effects on plants. It also tells you when to water and fertilize as well as whether to amend the soil. If the soil conditions are slightly different for each plant, it can have a big effect on the health and growth of the plant.


There are many ways that high temperatures affect plant growth. The effects of heat on photosynthesis, in which plants use carbon dioxide to make oxygen, and respiration, in which plants use oxygen to make carbon dioxide, are the most obvious.

On the other hand, the two processes become out of balance when temperatures reach uncomfortably high limits (depending on the plant). When temperatures exceed about 36 degrees Celsius, for instance, tomatoes experience problems.

Exposure to sunlight, moisture drainage, elevation, the temperature difference between day and night, and proximity to the surrounding rock structure (thermal heat mass) affect how plants respond to temperature.


To grow, everything needs energy. The food we eat provides us with energy. Photosynthesis is the process by which plants extract energy from light. A plant’s growth is affected by light in this way. A plant could not produce the energy it needs to grow without light.

A plant might have issues with too little light or not enough light at times. The following symptoms will appear in plants that lack light or have too much blue light: lengthy or stretched-out stems; leaves that dry up, turn yellow, are too small, or have spindly stems; leaves with brown edges or tips; variegated leaves that lose their variegation.

Updated on January 25, 2023

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