If you notice that your plants are dry with brown tips, they might be suffering from leaf scorching and tip burn. What are the causes of leaf scorching and tip burn? How do you prevent or treat your damaged plants?
Leaf scorching and tip burn are one of the most annoying parts of being a plant owner because you’re clueless on the main cause even though you’ve been taking proper care of your plants. However, we could say that it’s pretty normal and it’s one of the common problems of most plant owners, especially if you have plants with long, strappy leaves since they are especially susceptible like Spider plants. One thing you should always keep in mind that leaf scorching and tip burn causes permanent damage to the wounded spot of your plant. It’s irreversible and the only way to save your plant is to correct the underlying problem.
So, what are the main causes of leaf scorching and tip burn? How can you prevent them or treat your damaged plant?
Air Is Too Hot or Too Dry
Heat or dry air can cause your plant to shut down since moisture easily evaporates. During summer, when the air is too hot and dry, we suggest misting your plants or placing them next to a humidifier. You could also group several plants together to create a pocket of humidity. Plus, plants are good at taking off each other, as well. We also suggest that you place a dish of water in the center too.
Too Much Fertilizer
Too much fertilizer is one of the main causes of leaf scorching and tip burn. Sometimes, it could also kill your plants since fertilizer contains salts, which draw moisture out of plants. Always follow the instructions on the fertilizer label or feed your plants according to their needs.
Too Much Light
Yes, we are all aware of how too much light, specifically direct sunlight, can cause severe damage to plants. Make sure to give the proper amount of light to your plants. We recommend placing a sheer curtain over the window to filter the bright, direct sunlight or move your plants a little further away from the window to avoid sunburn or leaf burn.
Too Much or Too Little Watering
Overwatering or underwatering can cause damage to your plants since some plants prefer dry soil and some prefer moist soil. The simplest way to solve this problem is to keep a watering schedule and to always check if the soil is dry using your finger. Further, make sure that your plant’s pot has proper drainage.
Prevent or treat your plants as early as possible from leaf scorching and tip burn by following the tips above. Check out our Plant Care blog to learn more about different houseplants and tips on how to keep your plants alive and healthy.
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