How to preserve the leaf shape after removing brown tips?

Planting is not an easy job. Factors like Insects and severe weather makes it a challenge but it is all worth it. So to help you in keeping your plants healthy and beautiful, here are some tips for you.


To trim a leaf, always use sharp scissors. When you use a sharp scissor, the chances of the cells of the leaves getting damaged is reduced a lot. So because of that, plant requires less amount of energy to heal the wounds.

  • You can use any sharp scissor but the shape and strength of the kitchen knife is a very good option.
  • Always clean your knife before and after using a scissor on a plant. This prevents any the transferring any kind of diseases.


People usually make a mistake of cutting down the whole leaf when they see a part of leaf is damaged. But you should not do that because if edges or tips of a leaf is damaged, it still lives doing photosynthesis.

But if the whole leaf is completely brown and dry then it is dead and should be removed.

  • Cut the whole leaf down if more than half of the leaf has turned brown.
  • Remove it by cutting the base of the stem with a sharp scissor.
  • The other way to do it is that you can pinch the base of the stem and pluck it out completely. Use your index fingers and thumb’s nail to do so.


Before cutting a leaf, look at the leaves of the plant carefully and do some study. Now when you are cutting the leaves, try to make the shape the same as it is naturally.

  • The only reason for this is aesthetic purposes. The plant looks nice by practicing this technique.
  • Through this way, it would be hard tell which one is naturally healthy and which leaves had some cutting on them because they would look pretty similar.
  • A plant does not get damaged if you cut the dead tip of the leaf straight.


While some people prefer to cut the whole brown part off of leaves, some of the gardeners suggest that you should leave a very small brown part of the leaf behind. They say that when you cut the brown part completely,


you leave the healthy part of the leaf with a fresh open wound. This puts stress on the plant which may cause the leaf to get brown in the future too.

  • You do not have to be concerned about leaving a small brown part behind if all you are cutting is a leaf or two. But when you are cutting a couple of damaged leaves all at once, then you should think about limiting the wounds to as little as possible by leaving a little brown part behind. This will help in the process of keeping the plant healthy.


Throw the damaged parts of the leaves you cut in the dustbin but if you know that it do not have any kind of disease then you can compost it. Have a compost pile in start this amusing process of composting the brown leaves.

  • Do not worry about composting because it is very safe and healthy. Just study a little about diseased plants.
  • Usually brown tips of the plants are not diseased but if your plant has many brown leaves, blotches and holes in it. Then it may be possible that your plant is diseased so you should not compost it and throw the brown leaves away.
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