10+ ways to combat dried brown tips on plant leaves. Full article
One of the most common problems with houseplants is the dreaded brown tips that often appear on plant leaves. This problem creates an unsightly “blemish” on the leaves of plants.
Often times it’s hard to pinpoint the cause exactly, but following some of these common sense practices may help to lessen the frequency or stop it from happening all together.
1. Maintain humidity
Dry air is one of the biggest culprits for tip burn in houseplants. As most houseplants are native to tropical regions, they prefer relative humidity levels around 50%. Keeping a dish of water close by — do NOT set the plant in a saucer of standing water! — will help raise relative humidity. Curious as to why plants needs moisture in the air at all?
2. Avoid fluoridated water
Recently, it’s come to light that excess fluoride can cause leaf scorch and tip burn in houseplants. Homeowners using well water to water plants do not need to worry about this. Those homeowners who use municipal treated water should use distilled water if the water source is fluoridated.
3. Maintain ambient temperature
Temperatures that are either too hot or too cold, can cause the leaf margins to brown. According to House Plants Expert, plants do well when the ambient indoor temperature is between 60-75 degrees. Avoid letting them sit in a windowsill during the cold winter months, or directly under a heat vent.
4. Prevent sun-scorch
For many plants, direct sunlight may cause brown tips on the leaves. Houseplants do best when placed in spots where they can access diffused light, instead of harsh direct sunlight.
5. Clean foliage with a damp cloth
Commercial products used to make the leaves on houseplants shine, can also cause tip burn if not used correctly. Either make sure to follow product directions carefully or simply wipe foliage with a clean, damp cloth.
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