How to save a burnt houseplant: 5 essential tips

They told in the video what to do with a burnt houseplant

one Recognize symptoms early

Houseplant owners need to remember that with any rearrangement, especially on a balcony or window sill, it is important to regularly check the leaves. If in winter you moved the flowers closer to the windows and decided to leave them there, keep an eye on their condition in spring and summer. Having missed the first signs of burning, you can be left without a plant in a couple of days. Burns appear as small black spots in the center of the leaves, which grow very quickly. It is important not to confuse them with a fungus, which spreads much more slowly and not throughout the foliage. Fleshy leaves, when burned, will also begin to wrinkle and lose elasticity.


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2 Arrange a shower plant

If burns have already appeared, you need to pick up the plant from the sun and arrange a shower for it. Install a screen in your bathtub or shower drain to keep soil from clogging the drain. Water the plant for several minutes with not very strong pressure. It is important not to use cold water, as is done for skin burns. It must be at room temperature so as not to expose the leaves and root system to new stress. Leave the pot to drain by removing it from the stand — the water should leave freely so as not to harm the roots.

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3 Leave the flower in partial shade

The next step is to give the plant a chance to recover from the stress and begin to recover. Since the leaves are damaged, it is still impossible to put the pot under the sun, even if it is a light-loving variety. Use the principle «the plant sees the sun, but the sun does not see the plant.» You can put a flower in the back of the room, where direct rays do not fall. Or close part of the window with white tracing paper — it transmits light, but scatters it so that it can no longer harm the leaves. This technique is also useful as a preventive measure in spring and summer to avoid burns without rearranging the flowers from the window.


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four Trim if necessary

Burns on the leaves do not require forced pruning, as they do not spread and affect healthy tissue in the way that, for example, a fungus or mold does. Therefore, whether a flower survives or not depends only on its resources and the degree of damage. Trimming in this situation is a matter of aesthetics, as the damaged parts will simply fall off over time. If small leaves are completely burned, they can be cut off to make room for new ones. In the case of large leaves (for example, an orchid), you need to wait until the burn border is clearly visible, and cut along it. It is important not to hook living tissue in the process, so it is better to leave a thin darkened area intact.


5 Apply fertilizer

A couple of weeks after the damage, you can add a little fertilizer to the soil or spray the plant with biological preparations for growth. It is important to do this already when the flower has moved away from stress and began to recover. It is not necessary to apply fertilizer immediately after a burn — they will not help the plant survive and will only add stress to the roots.


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Bonus: if the defeat is too big

If at first glance it is clear that the flower has burned too badly and can no longer recover, you can try to grow a new one. Search the internet to see if your plant can grow vegetatively and from what parts, if so. Sometimes a small shoot or a healthy leaf is enough.


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