Does String of Bananas Need A Lot of Light?

Last Updated on August 11, 2022 by Stephanie

The bright windows and balconies are ideal spots for the delicious String of Bananas ( Senecio Radicans).

Naturally, bananas flourish in bright sunlight however, how much light is enough to ensure they thrive?

The banana string requires bright indirect lighting for at least six hours every day. They can benefit from a tiny quantity of sunlight during the early morning hours. Beware of the suns rays around noon or over a long time. If theres no sunlight in your home opt for artificial lighting.

Exposure to Sun

Strings made up of Bananas originates from South Africa and grows as an erect vine.

This allows it to expand into any space of sunlight it wants regardless of whether that space is located under other plants shaded areas.

A home-grown gardener needs six to eight hours of bright, indirect light each day.

It will therefore need to expand at its maximum rate to the maximum extent feasible. This is a major difficult task to manage inside.

All succulents require exposure to light. They arent able to thrive in shade.

Additionally when their growth slows, they are more prone to infections and pests.

The Direction Of The Sun

This string of Bananas is a great benefit of direct sunlight, however the angle from which light hits is crucial.

It is best to have a the southern exposure, however some morning sunlight from the east is acceptable.

The position of the sun throughout the day affects the hue and quality of the light.

The plant you are caring for is susceptible to ultraviolet rays from the sun in the afternoon time.

Plant cells are seriously damaged by light rays of UV-B, in particular. (Source)

The angle of the sun affects the ability of the atmosphere to absorb various wavelengths of ultraviolet light.

The plants are at their best when they are in early morning sun.

string of bananas plant

Light intensity

The amount of light plants in indoor areas receive will be determined by where they are located with respect to the lighting.

If you put the String of Bananas too far away from the light source, youll waste energy.

The leaves of this plant are designed to withstand dry conditions, however they are not able to thrive in dim light conditions.

As closer to the String of Bananas is to the window, the more powerful the light will be and the greater development it can achieve.

Apart from window treatments as well as trees and plants outside, as well as roof overhangs, additional factors that affect light levels are the hue of walls.

Where Should You Place A String of Bananas?

It is recommended to put the String of Bananas in a south-facing window. The windows that face south are usually bright throughout the day, due to the strong but soft light.

When the plant is mature it will let its distinctive lines of leaves are hung over the container, making it the central point.

A window with an east exposure could also be a good choice. In the early morning sunlight, The String of Bananas will be enjoying the soft rays from the suns rising.

Signs That Your String Of Bananas Isn’t Getting Enough Light

Leggy Growth

Leggy plants are those where its just string with no bananas. The plant spreads itself and uses whatever energy it has to expand towards the sunlight.

Its also known as etiolation and is an issue that is common to succulents that are in low light.

Leaning Towards Light Sources

The under-lit String of Bananas tends to develop on the side closest to the light source. It can appear like its leaning toward the light source.

The Bananas’ String Turning White

In the event that the String of Bananas continues to get poor light, its foliage will lose its vibrant colors.

In the process of conserving energy and resources the plant will turn white.

It is evident most prominently on the part of the plant that is away from the light source, however its also visible all through all of the String of Bananas.

No New Growth

The String of Bananas goes into protection mode, minus the sunlight. It ceases to produce new shoots and leaves to keep the current growth.

This string made of Bananas is a plant that grows slowly however, it will end up coming to complete end. It is simply not equipped with the strength to produce new leaves.

String of Bananas Shriveling

The String of Bananas sacrifices its older leaves as it gets older. They eventually fade and die, dropping off the string completely.

Soil Remains Damp

The ability of soil to hold water is an indicator to be on the lookout for.

Even even if it isnt necessary to water the String of Bananas very often A shady, well-lit place will allow the medium retain water.

The rate of evaporation also slows because of the plants low consumption.

How to Provide More Light

Place The Banana String In A Different Location

The most effective method to revive a dying String of Bananas plant is to move it to a brighter part of your garden.

Slowly move it around to give it the time to adjust. Its amazing the way this tree performs despite the apparent need to have more light in order to be able to survive.

When the dim lighting that its trying to capture suddenly turns intensely bright, it could be in shock and then fall over.

After you are sure that the String of Bananas has settled in its new location I would suggest moving it closer to sunlight once per every day during the initial three to four days. Then, itll be able to adapt to the new lighting levels in this manner.

Use a Grow Light for Maximum Flexibility

It is possible to grow your plants using a high-spectrum light that replicates the quality of sunlight they require.

Small halo-style lighting for plants with smaller sizes to elegant upright lamps that can light the entire indoor landscape are just a few of the alternatives that are available. Check prices here (or Amazon costs below.)

If you reside in a tiny apartment that has an unattractive view or an office with only a few windows, a grow lamp is a great option to bring the String of Bananas wherever you would like.

But, be aware that grow lights can result in heat stress and sunburn if they are used too often because of their resemblance with natural light.

Signs That Your String of Bananas Is Getting Too Much Light

Although String of Bananas needs a lots of light, it is possible to overdo it.

Maintaining your String of Bananas cool and well-hydrated during the summer heat is crucial and is particularly important when youre lighting it in direct sunlight.

Here are some signs to tell if your String of Bananas is getting too much light:

Scorched String of Bananas

Scorching is the first indication of problems caused by excessive light. A thin layer of gray or brown may cover the leaves that are closest to the source of light.

The String of Bananas looks like its been burned by sun.

String of Bananas Shriveling

Shriveled leaves on an bright String of Bananas indicate dehydration.

Its leaves are rapidly drying out because of evaporation and the physical needs for the plant.

The vine will eventually shed all its lovely leaves when they dry out and disappear.

String of Bananas Pale

A string of bananas that receive inadequate light is similar, however the bleaching that occurs when a plant is exposed to too much light will last forever.

The ultraviolet radiation is destroying the leafs green pigmentand resulted in the death of the leaf.

It is also likely to occur in areas of the plant that are that are exposed to direct sunlight or close to a light source.

Brown Spots Or Pale And Translucent Spots Developing On The Leaves

These areas of discoloration are also areas that have been damaged or dying.

The plant you are growing leaves trails of destruction in its wake when the ultraviolet radiation is absorbed by its tissues.

Cells of the plant degrade and die leaving burnt tissues along the String of Bananas.

This is particularly true when the blotches change in color - an area that is transparent or pale that is dead, and as it ages and turns gray or brown.

Yellowing And Thickening Of New Growth

This indicates that plants are trying to shield itself from the scorching suns heat.

The String of Bananas produces increasingly robust and tough leaves and stems that block harmful radiation from getting into the tissues. In some ways, it acts as a barrier to protect.

The Bananas’ String turning Purple

Contrasting with thicker, yellower leaves Some String of Bananas will completely change color until theyre deep purple.

This is due to the class of compounds referred to as anthocyanins.

As a type of sunscreen they protect the skin from harmful UV and infrared radiations that could cause harm to it.

Certain individuals find this color very attractive and choose to sun-stress their succulents in order to cause an appearance change. Ive written more about the sun stressing of succulents here.

What To Do If The String Of Bananas Is Getting Too Much Light?

The positive side is that moving your plant is a solution to both the issue of light that is too bright as well as the issue of inadequate light.

Make sure there isnt direct sunlight coming into the String of Bananas. Give the plant time to rehydrate, by providing it with plenty of water following.

Its not long before your jolly little string will be back at its happiest with these tough plants!



Went from an inexperienced gardener to a half-decent one over 10+ years. I cover anything from general indoor plant guides and lawn care, to succulents and flowers. Super happy to share my tips and tricks with you :)