Are you fed up cleaning or grooming the mushy leaves of houseplants? If the leaves are irrecoverable after pests and diseases, you are left with nothing but trimming them!
Once your plant leaves turn yellow or brown completely, there’s no turning back. My principle is that dead leaves always equate to the need for trimming. Let’s learn more about it!
Why Should you Trim Dead Leaves off Plants?
The primary need for trimming dead leaves is to direct plants’ energy for healthier growth. Why direct a plant’s energy into a dying leaf that will die anyway?
Trimming helps save the nutrients required by dead leaves, which can rather be directed for new healthy growth.
Another reason to cut off dead leaves is to prevent the spread of diseases and pests. No one wants a pest or disease-infected leaf to transmit the infection to other parts of the plant.
Similarly, dead leaves by yellowing or browning coloration can hide the plant’s beauty. Thus, you can chop the dead leaves and jazz up your space with the vibrant and healthy-looking plant.
How do you Trim Dead Leaves?
Always prune your plants during the spring or summer when plants receive enough sunlight and grow actively.
Steps to Trim Dead Plant Leaves
- Sterilize the Tools: Dip the cotton ball in the isopropyl alcohol and rub the shearing tools for a while. Also, put on your gardening gloves to protect your skin.
- Make your Cuts: If a tiny portion of the leaf is damaged, chop that part off. To trim off an entire leaf, place your scissor at the leaf node, the point from where the leaf emerges, and cut it. In the case of plants like Monstera, you can cut off the leaf along with its stalk.
- Dispose of the Cut Leaves: Finally, collect the dead leaves in a bag and immediately dispose of them in the garbage bin.
From Editorial Team
Dead leaves leach the plant’s energy and disturb its nutrition flow, so it is always best to trim dead leaves off your plant.
However, always check if your scissors are sterilized and sharp before chopping off the plant to prevent any injury to your plant.