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Plant Scorch - Diseases

Plant Scorch - Diseases

Plant Scorch - Diseases


Why do the leaves on my irises look like they have been singed and have funny creases at the ends too?

Blackening of the leaf tips would suggest that the plants have dried out at some point. This is a common problem with plants that are grown in containers as they are almost entirely reliant on you for their water supply during dry weather. Try to establish a regular watering regime during summer when container grown plants are most vulnerable to drought.

Bright sunlight and strong winds can also affect the leaves, by scorching them. It is worth reviewing the plants that you are growing individually, and checking that they are placed in an appropriate position for their particular needs.

Physiological problems are also commonly brought about by sudden changes in the temperature. I suspect that this is the problem with your Iris. Iris leaves may become corrugated in response to drought and heat stress, or a sudden increase in temperature. My advice would be to cut back the affected growth and improve both their growing conditions and your cultivation practices.


Sue Sanderson T&M horticulturalist

Written by: Sue Sanderson

Plants and gardens have always been a big part of my life. I can remember helping my Dad to prick out seedlings, even before I could see over the top of the potting bench. As an adult, I trained at Writtle College where I received my degree, BSc. (Hons) Horticulture. After working in a specialist plantsman's nursery, and later, as a consulting arboriculturalist, I joined Thompson & Morgan in 2008. Initially looking after the grounds and coordinating the plant trials, I now support the web team offering horticultural advice online.