The guide to plant leaf care

do you know what? Leaves are the food factory of plants. That is why it is so important to take care of them, clean them and pamper them. They are the key to having healthy plants at home.

As you probably know, a leaf is a plant organ that uses the sun to produce its own food. In general, leaves are green and use chlorophyll to trap the sun's energy. So the leaf acts almost like a solar panel to attract light for photosynthesis. This is why you should clean plant leaves: if you don't remove the dust and dirt that normally settle on them, you block their surface, greatly reducing their ability to generate their own nutrients.

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On the other hand, plant leaves are the part of the plant that best tells us about the health of the vegetation we have at home. So if you notice changes in them, it is best to make sure you are looking after them properly. For example, are your leaves turning yellow? Maybe that means your plant is lacking chlorophyll. That could be because you are watering it too much and the soil is not draining its food properly. It's an easy problem to solve: check the substrate and make sure it is aerated, fertile and allows water to expand

allows the water to expand, moistening all the soil. Although yellow leaves can also mean a lack of light, iron or nitrogen, the overwatering reason we have mentioned above is usually the most common.

Another easy way to tell if your plants are getting sick is to notice that their leaves are turning brown or even black, perhaps with some suspicious spots. This can be a sign of infection or even a pest. But it could also be that you have overdone it with fertiliser!

The only way to improve the health of your plants is trial and error: so don't worry if you start to see signs of disease in your plants. With the right care, you can cure them so they can shine again.

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Caring for plant leaves

why is cleaning your plant's leaves so important?

How to clean plant leaves

Believe it or not, dusting your plants is vitally important and has a direct impact on their development. Leaves are where photosynthesis takes place and are the organ through which plants breathe. Dirt, dust and other impurities block the surface of the leaves, reducing the plant's ability to generate its own nutrients.

why do plant leaves turn yellow? Tips on how to solve it

The yellowing of plant leaves has a name: chlorosis. This occurs when the leaf lacks chlorophyll, which is the nutrient that the plant manufactures to feed itself and which is responsible for the colour of the plant. The problem is that without enough chlorophyll, photosynthesis will not occur properly, so the leaf will dry out and fall off. In addition, a leaf with chlorosis is more susceptible to pests. If the problem is not solved, then the plant may die. Chlorosis can occur for a number of reasons, so you will need to check your plant and find out which one applies.

why are the leaves of my plant brown?

Having plants is wonderful, very relaxing and does wonders for mental and emotional well-being... until you spot the first problem and don't know what might be causing it. It's those moments when we wish the plants had a voice and could tell us what's bothering them or what they need. But don't despair, plants have their own way of expressing themselves, and it is through their leaves. If you see that the leaves of your plants are brown, dry and brittle, this can happen for various reasons. We will show you how to make the diagnosis and how to solve it.

why are the leaves of my plant black?

One day you have your plants looking beautiful, healthy and radiant and the next day you start to notice strange things about them. Your plant is a living being, constantly growing and developing and although it has no voice, it has other ways of communicating its needs and vicissitudes: the leaves. By observing the colouring, size and development of your plant's leaves, you will know what is happening to it. If the leaves of your plant are black, you should know that there are several causes of this problem and the solution depends on them. Don't worry, you will learn how to diagnose and cure black leaves on plants.

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Ame Rodríguez

Dedicated to creating an army of cacti, succulents, poodles and cats to help me conquer the world. In the little free time I have left, I play, write and dance.