Lesson 8: Should I trim – or ‘prune’ – my plant? 🥀

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We all come up against a brown leaf from time to time, but knowing what to do with damaged or dead parts of your plant can be tricky.

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Pruning, which means removing dead or damaged leaves, stems and buds from your plants can really help to refresh them, as it allows your plant to focus on new growth rather than waste energy on old leaves.

Some flowering plants will require deadheading, which involves snipping or pinching off dead flowers.

During summer you can even do this as regularly as every few days. Not doing so can prevent your plant from producing more flowers, so its definitely worth the time to keep for your plant looking its best!

This is not deadheading, it's just cool.

If your plant develops brown tips to its leaves they may need to be trimmed off. For some plants its a perfectly natural thing and you can grab some scissors and trim it off.

However, check the plants product page to see whether its a sign of poor health and review your care routine. You may be able to save the leaf by just trimming off the brown ends, but if the leaf is entirely brown chop it off at the base, as it will not recover.

We probably get the most pruning questions about our orchids. If you want to encourage your orchid to bloom again, watch this video.

Tomorrow we're talking bugs.Is your plant housing some unwelcome guests?

- Patch

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