Plant Care Tip #16: Yellow-Brown Leaves

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The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

As plants age, it’s natural for them to have occasional yellow-brown leaves or tips. Like us, plants need a little help perfecting their beach bods. This means it’s time to shed that unnecessary weight and get them looking fit for summer!

Shape: maintain the ideal size and shape for your space by trimming off unruly stems and yellow-brown leaves. Cut close to the base of the stem, or remove completely if possible. Maintaining a lean and balanced structure also prevents future tilting.

Shave: Shave off imperfect edges and re-shape the tips to match the other leaves. Make sure to leave a sliver of brown just before the green. Plants don’t like to be nicked while shaving and cutting into a healthy part of the leaf can create an open wound.

Shed: like any diet, it’s important not to go overboard. When pruning your plants, be careful not to shed more than ¼ of it’s foliage at any given time. Over pruning can be detrimental to future growth.

*Pro-tip* Just like our love for bug spray this time of year, well-kept and well-pruned plants attract less pests! Happy Summer!


No matter the season, if you need additional help caring for your greens, email us anytime plantdoctor@leonandgeorge.com