Gardening Tips

How to prune heat damaged foliages to ensure a healthier growth

December 1, 2011

Heat damaged foliage

Pruning is one of the most essential activities, which can help you to maintain the proper structure of a plant. Correct pruning encourages a better health and good shape along with a new growth to the specific plant. It also prevents the plant from falling branches and ensures good quality of flowers, fruits or leaves of the plant. Pruning is very helpful to recover the health of a damaged plant.

There may be numerous reasons for the damage of a plant. Heat damage is one of the primary harm that causes poor growth, awful look and sometimes it may lead the plant towards death. Dry weather, hot wind, low humidity, high temperature and such relevant reasons are the major harmful elements that cause serious heat damage to a plant. Burnt foliages do not only make your garden look ugly but also it can be a home of insects and other creatures which may be harmful for other healthy plants of your garden. So, it is better to remove of such foliages as soon as possible.

A proper pruning of these kinds of affected plants will be a very good way to get rid of damaged foliages. But, it needs to be mentioned here that an incorrect pruning may cause a great loss to the plant. To avoid such unwanted situation, you need to be a little careful while pruning a plant.

Here are some very basic tips that might be helpful while pruning a heat damaged plant to ensure its better growth:

Many people think and believe that it is not necessary to remove heat damage foliage because after few weeks; it will be fallen off itself. But, as a matter of fact your quick action is required in case of burnt or damaged foliage in your plant. Tolerating any kind of damage for affected foliage may be harmful to the entire plant. So, it will be better to remove the certain area before it spreads to the other healthy parts plant. You should try to cut down the damaged portion to just above the node on the stem from where you can expect a new growth afterwards.

Try to use sharp scissors or other pruning tools to cut down a damaged portion of a plant. Using dull tools may cause unwanted harm to other healthy foliages. So, you should observe the damaged part and then cut it down without harming other neighbor branches. After pruning heat damaged or burnt foliages, it is necessary to provide them a lot of water. It will protect them from dry weather, hot winds, high temperature and such other elements which are the primary reasons of heat damage.

Heat damage on plants mostly occurs during the days of summer. So, you have to provide sufficient water to your plants during these hot days. Try to remove any damaged foliages early in the morning or in the evening. It allows the plant some time so that it can recover from the wounds.

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