What needs to be done if the tips of the leaves dry on the chlorophytum? A similar question is asked by many, both beginners and experienced flower growers. This plant is considered quite unpretentious, grow it in room conditions under the power of each. But often even chlorophytes start to hurt or react negatively to any environmental factors.
To eliminate the yellow leaves, it is necessary to find out the cause of the appearance.
Experts say that most of the causes of the drying of chlorophytum leaves lie precisely in the wrong care. But there are also some diseases from which the leaves begin to dry at the ends. In other words, all the reasons can be divided into 2 categories. The first is associated with improper care, and the second with the defeat of plants by pests or viruses. It should be considered in more detail.
The defeat of aphids and shield
Often the tips of the leaves begin to dry when a plant is affected by a white plant louse or shield. At the same time after some time they begin to deteriorate along the entire length, they quickly fall off. To make sure that these pests really are the cause, you should carefully inspect your plant.
If small white larvae are visible on the stem and leaves, which can slowly move along the chlorophytum, then there is nothing to doubt. In the first place should be destroyed insects. In this case, ordinary household soap helps very well.
The soil should be covered with a plastic bag and put the pot in the basin. It is necessary to thoroughly wash all the leaves and stems with warm water and soap, and then rinse out of the shower. After the leaves are dry, you can put the flower in its place. It is advisable to sprinkle the ground in a pot with black pepper, which will continue to serve as an excellent prevention.
In the event that there are a lot of aphids on a plant, it is recommended to first treat chlorophytum with a strong fungicide and then wash and rinse with clean water. At the same time ensure that insects do not fall back into the pot.
Sometimes the yellowing of the tips of the leaves is a consequence of a serious disease of the root system of chlorophytum.
Disease of the root system can lead to yellow leaves of the plant.
Lower leaves start to disappear: they not only dry, but also turn black, with time the whole plant turns yellow. Then you need to get a flower and examine the roots. If there is rotten, then you need to take action. This suggests that root rot has started up in the soil.
In the course of treatment, one should first wash the roots off the ground with warm water, and then cut all rotten and dry parts with a knife. Immediately after this, it is necessary to treat the cut sites with activated or charcoal and put chlorophytum for a while in clean water.
As soon as young roots begin to appear, the plant should be transplanted into a new substrate. Before this, the flower pot should be treated with a solution of manganese so that all bacteria finally die and no longer spoil the roots.
Mistakes in the care of the plant
Causes of dry leaves of chlorophytum at the tips can be covered in insufficient light. This plant is very fond of sunlight. And if you keep it in a dark, cold place, it will definitely affect the condition of the leaves: they will start to dry quickly and fall off.
In order to save chlorophytum, it should be placed in a place well lit by the sun and the air temperature should be approximately 22-23 ° C. In winter, it can be difficult to achieve. Therefore, in the cold season it makes sense to light the plant with fluorescent lights.
Lack of lighting can cause yellowing.
The most common cause of leaf drying at the tips is reduced humidity of the surrounding air. Usually, in this case, the tips of almost all leaves start to dry at the same time. But further sheets do not fall. Although this phenomenon is not dangerous for chlorophytum, this plant looks very unaesthetic.
To create a favorable level of moisture, you should begin to spray the leaves of the plant more often. It is best to use distilled soft water at room temperature for this purpose. And during spraying, no drafts should be allowed in any case, as this may have a detrimental effect on the flower.
It is recommended to spray the leaves of chlorophytum not only from above, but also from below. And if it doesn’t help much, then you will need to put a small container with wet sphagnum or peat next to the pot. So the moisture will recover and the flower will start to feel good.
It is rare, but it still happens that the tips of the leaves at the chlorophytum begin to dry due to too close a pot. If the roots make their way through the drainage holes, simply transplant the flower into a new, more spacious pot so that it can develop normally there.
Sometimes drying the tips of the leaves on a chlorophytum is a completely natural process. In this case, absolutely nothing is worth doing. Most often, the tips of the leaves turn yellow in autumn. In this case, the drying begins at the old large plates, the life cycle of which is coming to an end. Usually with the arrival of spring, they completely die off, and the new ones start to grow actively.
It is usually difficult to confuse such a process with some kind of disease or errors in the care of the plant. After all, all the time chlorophytum continues to develop normally, to bloom and even to produce shoots with young rosettes. In this case, the tips dry very slowly.
Chlorophytum Curly resembles a bush of thick grass with long but wider leaves that are alternately painted in dark and light green stripes. Leaves hang down and curl at the ends. The flower looks compact and neat. Inflorescence it forms a simple, in the form of a panicle. It blooms all spring and summer.
Why do chlorophytum leaves turn yellow?
Chlorophytum (Chlorophytum) is an evergreen shrub with long saber-like leaves.
This flower is very popular with florists, as it is completely unpretentious and does not require painstaking care.
Like weed, it feels good both in the heat and in the cool. Not afraid of drafts, drought, temperature changes.
Causes of yellowing and drying leaves at chlorophytum
Almost always, the drying and wilting of chlorophytum leaves is a result of care errors:
If the aboveground part of the plant turns pale, and then becomes light yellow, it means that the chlorophytum lacks lighting or the root system of the flower has grown strongly and the plant does not receive adequate nutrition.
If the lower leaves along their entire length become bright yellow, then the cause may be waterlogging of the soil and, as a result, rotting of the root system.
If the tips of the leaves dry, this indicates a lack of soil moisture or too dry air.
Ways to solve the yellowing of leaves in chlorophytum
Lack of light. This plant loves bright rooms. Usually the flower is placed closer to the windows. If chlorophytum has little light, it immediately begins to lose its green color, its leaves turn yellow and become sluggish.
It is advisable to rearrange the pot with a flower in a more lighted place.
In winter, when natural daylight is not enough, use artificial light sources,
Lack of power. Chlorophytum must be fed throughout the year. In the summer, fertilizers are applied frequently, about once a week, less often in winter - once a month,
Cramped pot. "Green Lily" grows fast enough, especially with careful care. The root system of this flower is powerful enough, so the capacity for the next transplant should be taken larger than the previous one by about 20-30% to provide enough space for the roots to grow.
Moisturizing plant is preferred constant, but moderate. Watering should be done as the soil dries. In the summer, 4 times a week, and in winter, depending on the temperature of the plant.
If the temperature does not decrease, then at the same pace. But if the temperature is lower, it should be watered several times a week, making sure that there is no stagnation of moisture in the soil.
It is unpretentious to plant humidity in the room, but it is necessary to spray and hold a warm shower once in 30 days. Wipe the leaves from dust should not be, because the plants are quite fragile.
Fertilizer for chlorophytum
Chlorophytum can be fed with fertilizer for decorative - deciduous plants, organic fertilizers or universal ("Rainbow", "Ideal"). There are a lot of fertilizer companies. Go to the flower shop, as a rule, the packages indicate for which plants they can be used. You can choose granulated, in the form of executioner ("long-lasting") and liquid fertilizers.
Chlorophytum is transplanted every year or two, the best time for this is February and March.
For transplanting, it is necessary to take a substrate consisting of leaf 1 part, one part of humus, sand, and two parts of sod land. It is necessary to replant in spacious vases, at the bottom of which there is good drainage.
Chlorophytum reproduces by children and division, and children are simply separated from the peduncle and rooted in ordinary soil.
Pruning chlorophytum is needed only when there is a need to remove damaged or diseased leaves, or you want to give the plant a certain shape, feeding is carried out only during the growing season twice a month with liquid fertilizers for decorative and deciduous plants.
Reproduction of chlorophytum lateral processes
The rooting of lateral processes, the so-called babies, is also considered to be the least common method of cultivation of chlorophytum at home. This breeding method is elementary simple.
An adult chlorophytum, in addition to beautiful leaves, also forms long stems of peduncles, on which daughter rosettes are formed, with their appearance resembling the mother plant in a “miniature”.
This mini - bush immediately after separation from the stem is ready for planting in the ground. But many experienced growers recommend to first stand the outlet for several days in a glass of water, and only after the roots become more pronounced to plant them in the ground.
The substrate for young plants is prepared in the same way as when dividing the bush. The peculiarity of this method of reproduction is that it is available at any time of the year.
Diseases and pests of chlorophytum
Chlorophytum can be affected by thrips (see photo above). To prevent the emergence and spread of this pest, it is necessary to maintain a sufficiently high humidity of the air around the plant, which must be periodically examined.
If, however, the pests did appear, it is necessary to cut the affected leaves, dilute the insecticide against the aphids according to the instructions, treat the plant, and then repeat the treatment with an interval of 8 days four more times. To prevent these pests from appearing, place a few naphthalene pellets around the chlorophytum, the smell will scare off thrips.