Etiolation describes how plants become long and white due to growing in too little light.
As seedlings first emerge from the soil, they tend to be white. Exposure to sunlight activates chlorophyll used in photosynthesis, turning the plant green.
Most of us have seen seedlings growing without enough sunlight, often on a windowsill. They struggle for sunlight, growing taller and taller, until they fall over, pale versions of what they might have been.
You can use etiolation as a sign that plants are not getting enough light. You can also use it to blanch your garden plants for a more tender flavor.
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