The Write Room features Louise Malbon-Reddix.
For purposes of beautification, or some other landscapers’ reason, someone planted this tree in a dark corner surrounded by buildings. This place really is not the most ideal spot for a plant of any kind, as plants do need sunlight to grow.
Fortunately for plants though, they have developed a number of strategies to capture the maximum amount of sunlight through their leaves. As we know from looking at plants on a windowsill, they grow toward the sunlight to be able to generate energy by photosynthesis.
The plants make use of a hormone called auxin to help them in this process of moving towards the light. So needed, as after they use up their limited nutrition of starch and lipids germinating in the soil against the gravitational pull. They really do need to find another source of energy to keep on growing. This is the process of phototropism.