How to Remove Brown Tips From the Leaves of Houseplants

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When removing brown tips of leaves from houseplants, all a gardener needs to do is simply cut off the brown tips with a pair of scissors. Cut brown tips off of houseplants at an angle with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment, we're going to talk about how to remove bre...brown leaves or brown spots from your plants, especially your houseplants. And how do you do it? Well my theory with plants is that as long as they're lush and green and they look good, don't bother with them. You know, if they get kind of lanky, you might trim 'em back down and make 'em a little more circular, but if they'll fl...if they look great, then you really don't have to mess with 'em. But if your houseplants start to get some brown tips on 'em, an easy way to fix 'em is just to cut 'em off, and it doesn't hurt the plant. In fact, it'll look great, and by cutting them at a angle too, so that it looks like it's kind of at a sharp edge, that makes 'em look visually better, and you hardly even notice that you cut 'em. Just make sure, and you can even be more careful and try to do a little arrowhead at thee end, but in thee end, I've found sideways works really well, just in a angle. So once you cut all the brown tips off, then the plant doesn't look trashed anymore. And a lot of your houseplants that start looking bad, if you just go through and cut the branches or cut some of the limbs out, they look great. And a lot of house plants like the Dracenas, they'll get a lot of foliage on the bottom that dies back like a palm tree does and then they keep growing and growing and growing, but the bottom leaves turn brown, and you think you've killed it, but you've not. It's just the natural cycle. So plants shed their leaves, just like we shed hair. Maybe not all at one time with different plants but it's natural for them to lose a few leaves. So all you do is just cut the leaves out or you can pull them right out if they're easy to pull without breaking them and you'll find that you can clean up your houseplants in no time flat, and you can take some really gaudy looking plants and take, make them look great in just minutes.