After a long summer of sun and growth, it might be time to check in on your houseplants. We talked to direct-to-consumer plant shop Bloomscape to get their expertise on keeping your blooms in tip-top shape as they settle down for the colder months.
Gather Your Supplies
Toss any fallen leaves from the soil (they can attract pests and create an environment for mold), and locate all yellowing or brown crispy leaves. Cut the leaves that are brown or yellow at the base, which is either near the stem or at the soil. For brown or yellowing tips, remove just the affected edge or spots.
Trim Healthy Leaves to Encourage New Growth
Look for a leaf node, and cut about ¼-inch above that scar at an angle (you can keep these cuttings to propagate later).
Check the Length of Trailing Plants
For trailing plants, you’ll want to cut about four to six inches back on each vine.
Trim Dead Growth to Keep Your Plant Vibrant
When removing dead growth, cut as close to the base of the brown or yellow stem as possible. For brown or yellowing leaf tips, remove just the affected edge or spots.
More Plant Mom Tips:
- Use houseplant snips if possible; they’re easy to manipulate into little nooks and crannies, and are sharper and more accurate than outdoor pruners.
- Wipe the blades of your scissors/shears with rubbing alcohol between each snip.
- Be careful not to remove more than 20% of the entire plant while pruning; you may need to prune in stages to avoid removing too many leaves at once.
Looking to expand your houseplant collection? Here’s what you need to start your indoor jungle.
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