Why are my plant’s leaves scarred?
Like all living things, plants will have individual marks. Here’s everything you need to know about plant scars and why they’re nothing to worry about.
Whenever you get a new plant you probably give it a thorough look over to make sure it’s good and healthy. Then you spot a mark, or ‘scar’, or an imperfect leaf. You may worry your plant is unhealthy, but actually, this is completely fine.
Scars are just a sign that a plant is a living thing. All living things have marks. We don’t use the word ‘imperfections’. Nothing’s perfect. Scars are marks of individuality.
What is a leaf scar?
Plant or leaf scars are much the same as human scars. They’re small areas where the leaf or stem is a different texture or colour. They probably look rougher or drier. They might be at a point where a leaf has torn or bent.
Why do plants get scars?
Again, much the same as humans, plants acquire scars by living. If a leaf is even gently bumped, knocked or exposed to less than perfect conditions while it’s growing, a scar can develop.
It’s just a part of the growing process. Before they reach your home, some plants have already been growing for many months, even years. It would be nearly impossible for them not to have acquired at least one small scar in that time.
How do you prevent scars?
It’s not worth trying. Accept them as part of what makes your plant unique. Or if you really dislike the look of scarred leaves you can trim them off without upsetting your plant.
The only way to even try to eliminate scarring would be to keep your plant in a completely sealed off, perfectly regulated environment. Basically, you’d need an expensive high-tech lab.
That said, you should try to avoid disturbing your plants too much. Don’t move them a lot or brush against them constantly. This will make scarring more likely, and being regularly moved can cause plants stress.
Will scars affect the health of your plant?
Nope. A plant could have lots of scars and still be perfectly healthy and happy.
Plants are very clever at adapting and they will heal their little wounds and carry on as if nothing ever happened.
There’s no such thing as a perfect plant, which is a good thing. Perfection is boring. The little unique parts are what make something interesting.
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