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How to Care for Cherry Laurel

Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) is an evergreen species of cherry, commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant. It is a shrub or a small tree with characteristic glossy, dark green leaves with a leathery texture. Leaves and seeds of cherry laurel contain toxic compounds, which can cause serious poisoning if ingested.
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Every 1-2 weeks
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Full sun
Toxic to Humans
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How to Transplant Cherry laurel?

The best time to transplant cherry laurel is in the initial weeks of spring to ensure healthy growth. Choose a location with well-drained soil and partial to full sun exposure. Be gentle with the root ball while transplanting, and remember to water regularly!
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Water
Every 1-2 weeks
Cherry laurel, or Prunus laurocerasus, originates from South-East Europe and Western Asia, an environment characterized by relatively high rainfall, mildly humid climate, and damp soil. Such conditions inform cherry laurel's watering needs, favoring moderately moist loamy soil. Regular watering to emulate this high-prevalence aqua regime is essential, avoiding however waterlogged grounds that would betray its native habitat.
Watering Techniques
Lighting
Full sun
Cherry laurel craves for abundant solar exposure but can also adapt to lesser amounts of light, showing resilience in more shadowed areas. Insufficient light may hamper its growth, while overexposure can burden it with sunscorch. Originally evolved in regions of plentiful sunlight, different growth stages don't significantly vary its light needs.
Best Sunlight Practices
Temperature
-5 41 ℃
As a temperate woody plant, cherry laurel prefers a temperature range of 59 to 95 ℉ (15 to 35 ℃). Its native growth environment is characterized by cool winters and warm summers with temperature fluctuations throughout the seasons. To adjust to temperature changes, it is recommended to provide ample water during the hot summer months to prevent drought stress. In the winter, mulching around the base of the plant can help protect roots from extreme cold.
Temp for Healthy Growth
Transplant
6-8 feet
The best time to transplant cherry laurel is in the initial weeks of spring to ensure healthy growth. Choose a location with well-drained soil and partial to full sun exposure. Be gentle with the root ball while transplanting, and remember to water regularly!
Transplant Techniques
Overwinter
15 ℃
Nestled in the mild climates of southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia, cherry laurel stands resilient in winter months. Blessings of evergreen leaves and cold hardiness to around -20°C make winter an effortless season. In stark winter landscapes, however, cherry laurel craves shelter from drying winds and soaking wet soil. Thoughtful mulching guards against ground frost, while occasional watering during dry periods ensures winter vigor. Embrace cherry laurel's wintertime resilience, entrusting it with the role of a garden guardian during the chilly season.
Winter Techniques
Leaf blight
Leaf blight is a prevalent disease that significantly impacts Cherry laurel. It typically results in yellowing and wilting of leaves, leading to eventual defoliation. This fungal disease not only hampers growth but may lead to plant death if not controlled timely.
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Leaf weevils
Leaf weevils are a type of beetle that feed on Cherry laurel, which can cause significant harm. The insects devour plant tissue, leading to unsightly leaf notching and, in severe cases, can impede the plant’s growth and overall vigor.
Learn More About the Disease
Leaf rot
Leaf rot is a virulent disease that significantly affects Cherry laurel, causing deterioration and decay of the foliage. The disease can lead to a severe decline in plant health if not managed in a timely manner, affecting both aesthetic and physiological aspects.
Learn More About the Disease
Caterpillars
Caterpillars are not a disease but a pest affecting Prunus laurocerasus. Consuming foliage, they can cause severe damage and potentially death if the infestation is heavy. Effective management practices can control their population and reduce their impact.
Learn More About the Disease
Brown blotch
Brown spot is a fungal disease that affects Cherry laurel, primarily causing browning and yellowing of leaves. The disease proliferates in wet and humid conditions, significantly compromising the plant's health.
Learn More About the Disease
Toxic
Slightly Toxic to Humans
The cherry laurel, like nearly all members of the Prunus genus, has cyanide precursors in every part, including its seeds, with the sole exception of its fruit. Once a human eats the seeds, leaves, or any other part of the plant, these cyanotoxins will convert to cyanide gas when they make contact with stomach acid. This gas absorbs through mucus membranes and poisons the individual. Symptoms progress from agitation and dilated eyes to weakness, loss of coordination and muscle spasms, difficulty moving or speaking, slowed respiration and heartbeat, and finally death.
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Feng shui direction
East
The cherry laurel is considered to have harmonious energy in Feng Shui. Particularly suited for the East-facing direction, it is believed to promote growth and renewal, much like the sunrise. Yet, the interpretations of Feng Shui are diverse, and cherry laurel's compatibility can vary based on personal preferences and intentions.
Fengshui Details
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This plant and other temperate flowering trees, vines, and shrubs often benefit from early spring care.

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Spring care includes pruning to remove dead branches. Be careful not to cut away any buds, it will reduce flowering.
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Apply a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer to support healthy growth.
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Pay attention to soil moisture levels, and water whenever the top layer of soil is beginning to dry out.
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Ensure container plants are receiving enough sunlight. Move the plants to a location receiving around six hours of sunlight a day.

Temperate flowering trees, vines, and shrubs like this plant require more care in the summer.

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Frequent watering in the summer is a must in most climates, especially in the south. Check the soil’s moisture levels daily, watering when it is beginning to dry out.
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Stop fertilizing in the summer while the plant is not in bloom.
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summer is the ideal time to remove any spent blooms to encourage re-flowering in the fall.
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Move container plants out of the bright sunlight.
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Keep an eye out for pests and diseases. Removing plant debris from the area can help with any potential issues.

Your plant needs a bit of care in the autumn months to keep it looking its best and prepare it for winter.

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In the late fall, you can give your plant a good prune. Remove any low-hanging or overcrowding branches, along with energy-sapping suckers, to keep the plant growing strong throughout the season.
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Clean up any fallen leaves around the plant, as these leaves can cause harmful bacteria to grow around the plant.
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Provide it with enough water to keep the soil moist, watering whenever the soil becomes dry.
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Make sure it's exposed to strong sunlight and has some shade in the afternoon.
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Watch out for any pests and diseases, such as mildew that looks like a powdery coating on the plant.

This plant requires some careful care during the winter.

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It's important for your plant to be exposed to cold winter weather during this season, which will help boost its production in the spring, in a process sometimes called “chilling” your plant. Therefore, don't worry about keeping these plants warm or bringing them inside.
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You may want to take this dormant time to prune away overcrowding, dead, or diseased parts, however.
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Common Pests & Diseases

Common issues for Cherry laurel based on 10 million real cases
Leaf blight
Leaf blight Leaf blight
Leaf blight
Leaf blight is a prevalent disease that significantly impacts Cherry laurel. It typically results in yellowing and wilting of leaves, leading to eventual defoliation. This fungal disease not only hampers growth but may lead to plant death if not controlled timely.
Leaf weevils
Leaf weevils Leaf weevils
Leaf weevils
Leaf weevils are a type of beetle that feed on Cherry laurel, which can cause significant harm. The insects devour plant tissue, leading to unsightly leaf notching and, in severe cases, can impede the plant’s growth and overall vigor.
Leaf rot
Leaf rot Leaf rot
Leaf rot
Leaf rot is a virulent disease that significantly affects Cherry laurel, causing deterioration and decay of the foliage. The disease can lead to a severe decline in plant health if not managed in a timely manner, affecting both aesthetic and physiological aspects.
Caterpillars
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Caterpillars
Caterpillars are not a disease but a pest affecting Prunus laurocerasus. Consuming foliage, they can cause severe damage and potentially death if the infestation is heavy. Effective management practices can control their population and reduce their impact.
Brown blotch
Brown blotch Brown blotch
Brown blotch
Brown spot is a fungal disease that affects Cherry laurel, primarily causing browning and yellowing of leaves. The disease proliferates in wet and humid conditions, significantly compromising the plant's health.
Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles are a class of colored insects 1 to 2 cm in size. They gnaw on leaves and petals resulting in small, round holes scattered over the surface.
Solutions: For less serious cases: Remove beetles, nymphs, and eggs. Remove all life stages of the beetles and kill them by placing them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. This can be done more easily by placing the bucket under affected leaves and shaking the plant. This method is most effective in the afternoon when leaf beetles are more active. Always dispose of insects in a sealed bag or container to avoid escape and spread. To treat more serious infestations: Apply organic insecticides. Use naturally-derived insecticides before moving on to synthetic insecticides. Neem oil and pyrethrum are naturally-derived insecticides that should be applied following label instructions. Apply synthetic insecticides. Examples of insecticides effective for leaf beetles include carbaryl, permethrin, and bifenthrin. Apply insecticides according to label instructions.
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Leaf blight
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What is Leaf blight Disease on Cherry laurel?
What is Leaf blight Disease on Cherry laurel?
Leaf blight is a prevalent disease that significantly impacts Cherry laurel. It typically results in yellowing and wilting of leaves, leading to eventual defoliation. This fungal disease not only hampers growth but may lead to plant death if not controlled timely.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The symptoms primarily revolve around leaf manifestations. Key indicators include blotches on the lower side, turning into yellowish-brown spots over time. The spots often coalesce, leading to leaf wilting and eventual defoliation.
What Causes Leaf blight Disease on Cherry laurel?
What Causes Leaf blight Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Fungal pathogen
This disease is primarily caused by fungi, specifically Coccomyces hiemalis, which thrives in moist and shaded conditions.
How to Treat Leaf blight Disease on Cherry laurel?
How to Treat Leaf blight Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Non pesticide
Watering practices: Avoid overhead watering, favoring root-zone irrigation instead.

Sanitation: Regularly clear fallen leaves and other debris to limit fungal growth.
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Pesticide
Fungal treatments: Use effective fungicides, like Bordeaux mixture, during wet seasons.

Regular sprays: Employ regular fungicide sprays to control disease outbreaks.
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Leaf weevils
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What is Leaf weevils Disease on Cherry laurel?
What is Leaf weevils Disease on Cherry laurel?
Leaf weevils are a type of beetle that feed on Cherry laurel, which can cause significant harm. The insects devour plant tissue, leading to unsightly leaf notching and, in severe cases, can impede the plant’s growth and overall vigor.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Symptoms include uneven, notched leaf edges, browning, and wilting. Severe infestations can cause leaves to fall prematurely, impede the plant's growth, and diminish overall vigor. Larvae can also cause root damage, leading to plant instability.
What Causes Leaf weevils Disease on Cherry laurel?
What Causes Leaf weevils Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Insect-feeding activity
The leaf weevil, a type of beetle, causes the disease. The adults and larvae feed on the leaves and roots of Cherry laurel, respectively, leading to notching and damage that can weaken the plant over time.
How to Treat Leaf weevils Disease on Cherry laurel?
How to Treat Leaf weevils Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Non pesticide
Manual removal: The adults can be handpicked off the Cherry laurel, especially during cooler times of the day when they are less active.

Introducing natural predators: Encourage predatory insects, birds, and certain nematode species, which can reduce the leaf weevil population.
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Pesticide
Application of insecticides: A properly timed application of a suitable insecticide, following manufacturer's instructions, can be used to treat infestations. Insecticides containing pyrethrin can be effective.
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Leaf rot
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What is Leaf rot Disease on Cherry laurel?
What is Leaf rot Disease on Cherry laurel?
Leaf rot is a virulent disease that significantly affects Cherry laurel, causing deterioration and decay of the foliage. The disease can lead to a severe decline in plant health if not managed in a timely manner, affecting both aesthetic and physiological aspects.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Leaf rot manifests in Cherry laurel through yellowing of leaves which proceed to wilt and decay. The disease also leads to brown or black spots on leaves and may cause dieback of branches.
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on Cherry laurel?
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Pathogen
Leaf rot in Cherry laurel is primarily caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora spp., which thrives in wet, humid conditions.
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Environmental conditions
Excessive moisture, poor drainage, and compacted, poorly aerated soil exacerbate the disease's development.
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on Cherry laurel?
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Non pesticide
Pruning: Remove and dispose of infected leaves or branches promptly to prevent spread of the infection.

Soil Improvement: Enhance soil quality and drainage to prevent water-logging and deny the pathogen its preferable environment.
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Pesticide
Fungicidal Treatment: Apply fungicides that are specifically designed for leaf rot control, following label instructions meticulously.
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Caterpillars
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What is Caterpillars Disease on Cherry laurel?
What is Caterpillars Disease on Cherry laurel?
Caterpillars are not a disease but a pest affecting Prunus laurocerasus. Consuming foliage, they can cause severe damage and potentially death if the infestation is heavy. Effective management practices can control their population and reduce their impact.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
On Cherry laurel, some of the most common symptoms include foliage damage like chewed leaves leaving behind a tattered appearance, noticeable defoliation, and silken threads or clusters of eggs on the underside of leaves.
What Causes Caterpillars Disease on Cherry laurel?
What Causes Caterpillars Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Species
Various, but typically moth and butterfly larvae cause most of the damage
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Environment
Favorable conditions for their survival such as mild, wet weather or areas with abundant foliage for feeding and laying eggs.
How to Treat Caterpillars Disease on Cherry laurel?
How to Treat Caterpillars Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Non pesticide
Manual removal: Pick off and destroy visible caterpillars

Plant diversity: Grow plants that attract natural predators such as birds, wasps, and ladybirds.
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Pesticide
Chemical control: Use a suitable insecticide such as Bacillus thuringiensis or spinosad. Always follow the product's instructions.
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Brown blotch
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What is Brown blotch Disease on Cherry laurel?
What is Brown blotch Disease on Cherry laurel?
Brown spot is a fungal disease that affects Cherry laurel, primarily causing browning and yellowing of leaves. The disease proliferates in wet and humid conditions, significantly compromising the plant's health.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The most common symptoms include browning and yellowing of leaves often with a concentric pattern. Cherry laurel may also experience leaf drop, stunted growth, and in severe cases, the disease can lead to plant death.
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Cherry laurel?
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Fungi
The fungi Cercospora causes Brown spot. The pathogen spreads predominantly through wind-blown spores, significantly thriving in prolonged periods of wet and humid conditions.
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Cherry laurel?
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Non pesticide
Removal: Infected parts of the plant should be promptly removed and destroyed to prevent the spread.

Improve Ventilation: Improving ventilation around the plant can reduce humidity, discouraging the disease's development.
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Pesticide
Fungicides: Specific fungicides can be used to control the disease’s spread.

Spraying: Thoroughly spraying the plant with fungicides during the growing season can help control the disease.
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Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles are a class of colored insects 1 to 2 cm in size. They gnaw on leaves and petals resulting in small, round holes scattered over the surface.
Overview
Overview
Leaf beetles range in size from 1.5 mm to 2 cm. Both adult beetles and their larvae eat the leaves of many different types of plants. There are over 35,000 different species of leaf beetles, in a variety of colors including gold, green, yellow-striped, and red striped. Some of these have been mistaken for ladybirds because of their shape and coloring. They can be oval, round, or elongated in shape. These insect pests are most active in spring and summer.
If not controlled, leaf beetles can do a lot of damage to vegetable crops and ornamental plants. They feed on the leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and fruits of different plants. They can fly, which means it's easy for them to move from one plant to another. Some species of leaf beetles only target one specific crop, while others will target many different types of plants. Although a lot of the damage that they cause is cosmetic, an infestation can weaken a plant and leave it prone to other more problematic diseases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The first signs of a leaf beetles infestation are small visible holes in leaves. Leaves then become discolored and dark beetle droppings can be seen. As the leaves turn yellow and brown, they will drop off the plant onto the ground. Some leaves will appear skeletonized with only the veins still remaining.
Infestation begins in spring, when the adult beetles emerge from the soil and lay their eggs on the leaves of plants. When these eggs hatch, the young nymphs start munching on the leaves as they grow up. Once leaf beetles are large and mature, they'll fall to the ground and pupate in the soil over winter before starting the cycle all over again.
Leaf beetles also eat holes in fruits and vegetables. These can be seen as small round holes that sometimes have a larger brown area surrounding them.
Solutions
Solutions
For less serious cases:
  1. Remove beetles, nymphs, and eggs. Remove all life stages of the beetles and kill them by placing them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. This can be done more easily by placing the bucket under affected leaves and shaking the plant. This method is most effective in the afternoon when leaf beetles are more active. Always dispose of insects in a sealed bag or container to avoid escape and spread.
To treat more serious infestations:
  1. Apply organic insecticides. Use naturally-derived insecticides before moving on to synthetic insecticides. Neem oil and pyrethrum are naturally-derived insecticides that should be applied following label instructions.
  2. Apply synthetic insecticides. Examples of insecticides effective for leaf beetles include carbaryl, permethrin, and bifenthrin. Apply insecticides according to label instructions.
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Cherry Laurel and Their Toxicity

Slightly Toxic to Humans
Slightly Toxic to Humans
The cherry laurel, like nearly all members of the Prunus genus, has cyanide precursors in every part, including its seeds, with the sole exception of its fruit. Once a human eats the seeds, leaves, or any other part of the plant, these cyanotoxins will convert to cyanide gas when they make contact with stomach acid. This gas absorbs through mucus membranes and poisons the individual. Symptoms progress from agitation and dilated eyes to weakness, loss of coordination and muscle spasms, difficulty moving or speaking, slowed respiration and heartbeat, and finally death.
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Who Is Most at Risk of Plant Poisoning?
Your pets like cats and dogs can be poisoned by them as well!
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Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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It’s better to kill those growing around your house. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
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Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
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Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
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Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages, and do not let your pets reach it;Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you take your pets to hike with you in the wild, please don’t let them eat any plants that you don’t know;
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Once your pets eat, touch or inhale anything from toxic plants and act abnormally, please call the doctors for help ASAP!
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Pets
Some pets are less likely than children to eat and touch just about everything. This is good, as a pet owner. However, you know your pet best, and it is up to you to keep them safe. There are plenty of poisonous weeds that can grow within the confines of your lawn, which might make your dogs or cats ill or worse if they eat them. Try to have an idea of what toxic plants grow in your area and keep them under control and your pets away from them.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

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Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
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Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Who Is Most at Risk of Plant Poisoning?
Everyone should keep the following in mind to prevent being poisoned:
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Do not eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you need to kill it, wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
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Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
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Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
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Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages;
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Wear properly when you hiking or working in the wilderness. Long pants, long sleeves, gloves, hiking shoes, etc., that protect you from being hurt by any plants;
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Once you or your family aren’t feeling well after eating, touching or inhaling anything from toxic plants, please call your doctor for help ASAP!
Outdoor Workers
Outdoor Workers and Recreationalists
Those who enjoy the outdoors either as a hobby or as part of their work will rarely see a plant and decide to munch on it (although the scenario is not unheard of). However, they do tend to deal with moving through and brushing aside plants. These people are more at risk of being poisoned by touching toxic plants than by ingesting them.
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Foragers
Foragers
Foraging for food and medicinal plants is a desirable skill among people who want to feel at one with the land. This hobby can be very useful and enjoyable, but if done wrong , it can lead to disastrous effects. People who forage are picking and grabbing plants with the full intention of using those plants, most of the time to ingest them.
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Children
Children
While outdoor workers are more likely to touch poison and foragers are more likely to ingest poison, children can easily do both. These bundles of joy just love to run around and explore the world. They enjoy touching things and occasionally shoving random stuff in their mouth; this is a terrible combination with toxic plants in the mix.
If you let your children run about, it is important to know what are the local toxic plants that they could accidentally get into. Try to educate the children and steer them away from where the toxic plants are located.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

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Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
Tend
Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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More About Cherry Laurel

Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Spread
Spread
2 to 10 m
Bloom Time
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Flower Color
White
Cream
Leaf Color
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
Flower Size
1 cm
Plant Height
Plant Height
3 to 12 m

Name story

Cherry laurel
It is because the plant is from the Prunus genus, it carries the word, cherry in its name. However, the laurel in the name does not mean that it has a kinship with the genus Laurus. The word means that its leaves and shape are very similar to Laurus nobilis (original laurel), and it is also used to make laurel wreaths. So it is called a cherry laurel.

Usages

Garden Use
Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) is a vigorous and spreading evergreen shrub whose growth makes it a popular choice as a hedging plant. The attractive leaves, flowers, and berries also make this a good specimen plant that offers year-round interest. This shrub is well suited to informal and cottage gardens and its colors pair well with Japanese maple or snowdrops.
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Picking a Healthy Woody Plant
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Check Its Health

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Whole Plant
Symmetrical crown, evenly distributed branches, full and compact shape, no excessive growth, close internodes, and uniform leaf size.
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Branches
The branches are not withered, and the trunk is free of boreholes or damage.
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Leaves
Check the inside of the plant, shaded and overlapping areas, back of leaves. Even colour, no yellowing, no brown spots, no crawling insects, no cobwebs, no deformities, no wilting.
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Stems
No mold, browning or soft rot at the base of the plant.
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Health Troubleshooting

Whole Plant
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Branches
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more 1 Dry branches: check if the branch is still alive by peeling back a small section of bark and trim away any dry branches. Watch out for signs of insect infestation inside the branch.
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Stems
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Mildew, browning, or soft rot at the base: place the plant in a ventilated, dry environment and water with fungicide.
Leaves
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more 1 Uneven leaf color and yellowing: prune yellow leaves and check if there are signs of rot at the base of the plant. Spray with fungicide for severe cases.
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more 2 Brown spots or small yellow spots: place the plant in a ventilated area and avoid watering the leaves. Spray with fungicide for severe cases.
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more 3 Tiny crawling insects on the back of leaves or spider webs between leaves: increase light exposure and spray with insecticide for severe cases.
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more 4 Deformations or missing parts on leaves: determine if it's physical damage or pest infestation. Linear or tearing damage is physical, while the rest are pests. Spray with insecticide.
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more 5 Wilting leaves: provide partial shade and avoid excessive sun exposure. Remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the leaves for severe cases.
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Soil Check
Soil should smell fresh like after a rain and no musty odor.
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Check the light requirement of the plant and if it match with planting location.
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Temperature Check
Check if the current outdoor temperature is too low or too high.
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Condition Troubleshooting

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Soil
Potting mix soil, Peat moss mix soil
Soil smells musty or foul: check the root system for decay, place the plant in a ventilated, dry environment, and water with fungicide.
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Ideal Temperature
0℃ to 35℃
Outdoor temperature is not suitable for the plant: wait until it's a more favorable temperature for growth.
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Suitable Light
Full sun, Partial sun
Insufficient light: Lack of light can result in fewer leaves and branches, and prevent flowering. Move plant to sunnier spot if possible.
Transplant recovery: After 3 days without severe wilting, slowly increase light to normal levels over a week. If plant droops or sheds leaves, keep it in shade. Once wilting stops, give shade until the plant stands up again. Lots of yellowing and leaf loss mean the light is too low and needs to be increased.
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Repotting
Plant your plant promptly in its final location or in a new pot, if conditions are suitable. When transplanting, clean the roots of the plant and keep the root system intact. Prune any blackened or rotten roots, spread out a heavily tangled root system, and mix in some well-rotted organic fertilizer. Use permeable soil and water thoroughly after planting.
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Pruning
Remove yellow or diseased leaves immediately. If leaves are crowded and appear wilted or falling off, remove some of them. For bare-root plants, cut off at least half of the leaves. Pruning is not typically required.
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Watering
Increase watering in the first week to keep soil moist. Water when soil is slightly dry, for at least 2 weeks. Avoid over-watering. Do not water when there is water on your fingers after touching the soil.
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Fertilizing
Add a small amount of base fertilizer during transplanting or repotting. No other fertilizer needed for the first month.
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Repotting
Plant promptly in final location or new pot. Clean roots, use organic fertilizer, permeable soil, and water thoroughly.
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Pruning
Cut off yellow or diseased leaves and crowded leaves that appear wilted or falling.
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Watering
Water new plants more often for 2 weeks. Avoid over/under watering by checking the soil.
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Fertilizing
Add base fertilizer during transplanting. No other fertilizer is needed for the first month.
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Sunlight
Regular sun exposure for indoor plants. Shade after transplanting/repotting, then gradually increase light if there is no wilting. Increase light if yellowing and leaf drop occur.
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Cherry Laurel
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Repotting
Plant promptly in final location or new pot. Clean roots, use organic fertilizer, permeable soil, and water thoroughly.
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Pruning
Cut off yellow or diseased leaves and crowded leaves that appear wilted or falling.
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Watering
Water new plants more often for 2 weeks. Avoid over/under watering by checking the soil.
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Fertilizing
Add base fertilizer during transplanting. No other fertilizer is needed for the first month.
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Sunlight
Regular sun exposure for indoor plants. Shade after transplanting/repotting, then gradually increase light if there is no wilting. Increase light if yellowing and leaf drop occur.
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How to Care for Cherry Laurel

Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) is an evergreen species of cherry, commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant. It is a shrub or a small tree with characteristic glossy, dark green leaves with a leathery texture. Leaves and seeds of cherry laurel contain toxic compounds, which can cause serious poisoning if ingested.
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Love, Divination, memorial
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Toxic to Humans
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How to Transplant Cherry laurel?

PlantCare:TransplantSummary
The best time to transplant cherry laurel is in the initial weeks of spring to ensure healthy growth. Choose a location with well-drained soil and partial to full sun exposure. Be gentle with the root ball while transplanting, and remember to water regularly!
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This plant and other temperate flowering trees, vines, and shrubs often benefit from early spring care.

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Spring care includes pruning to remove dead branches. Be careful not to cut away any buds, it will reduce flowering.
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Apply a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer to support healthy growth.
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Pay attention to soil moisture levels, and water whenever the top layer of soil is beginning to dry out.
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Ensure container plants are receiving enough sunlight. Move the plants to a location receiving around six hours of sunlight a day.

Temperate flowering trees, vines, and shrubs like this plant require more care in the summer.

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Frequent watering in the summer is a must in most climates, especially in the south. Check the soil’s moisture levels daily, watering when it is beginning to dry out.
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Stop fertilizing in the summer while the plant is not in bloom.
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summer is the ideal time to remove any spent blooms to encourage re-flowering in the fall.
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Move container plants out of the bright sunlight.
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Keep an eye out for pests and diseases. Removing plant debris from the area can help with any potential issues.

Your plant needs a bit of care in the autumn months to keep it looking its best and prepare it for winter.

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In the late fall, you can give your plant a good prune. Remove any low-hanging or overcrowding branches, along with energy-sapping suckers, to keep the plant growing strong throughout the season.
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Clean up any fallen leaves around the plant, as these leaves can cause harmful bacteria to grow around the plant.
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Provide it with enough water to keep the soil moist, watering whenever the soil becomes dry.
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Make sure it's exposed to strong sunlight and has some shade in the afternoon.
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Watch out for any pests and diseases, such as mildew that looks like a powdery coating on the plant.

This plant requires some careful care during the winter.

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It's important for your plant to be exposed to cold winter weather during this season, which will help boost its production in the spring, in a process sometimes called “chilling” your plant. Therefore, don't worry about keeping these plants warm or bringing them inside.
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You may want to take this dormant time to prune away overcrowding, dead, or diseased parts, however.
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Common Pests & Diseases

Common issues for Cherry laurel based on 10 million real cases
Leaf blight
Leaf blight Leaf blight Leaf blight
Leaf blight is a prevalent disease that significantly impacts Cherry laurel. It typically results in yellowing and wilting of leaves, leading to eventual defoliation. This fungal disease not only hampers growth but may lead to plant death if not controlled timely.
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Leaf weevils
Leaf weevils Leaf weevils Leaf weevils
Leaf weevils are a type of beetle that feed on Cherry laurel, which can cause significant harm. The insects devour plant tissue, leading to unsightly leaf notching and, in severe cases, can impede the plant’s growth and overall vigor.
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Leaf rot
Leaf rot Leaf rot Leaf rot
Leaf rot is a virulent disease that significantly affects Cherry laurel, causing deterioration and decay of the foliage. The disease can lead to a severe decline in plant health if not managed in a timely manner, affecting both aesthetic and physiological aspects.
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Caterpillars
Caterpillars Caterpillars Caterpillars
Caterpillars are not a disease but a pest affecting Prunus laurocerasus. Consuming foliage, they can cause severe damage and potentially death if the infestation is heavy. Effective management practices can control their population and reduce their impact.
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Brown blotch
Brown blotch Brown blotch Brown blotch
Brown spot is a fungal disease that affects Cherry laurel, primarily causing browning and yellowing of leaves. The disease proliferates in wet and humid conditions, significantly compromising the plant's health.
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Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles Leaf beetles Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles are a class of colored insects 1 to 2 cm in size. They gnaw on leaves and petals resulting in small, round holes scattered over the surface.
Solutions: For less serious cases: Remove beetles, nymphs, and eggs. Remove all life stages of the beetles and kill them by placing them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. This can be done more easily by placing the bucket under affected leaves and shaking the plant. This method is most effective in the afternoon when leaf beetles are more active. Always dispose of insects in a sealed bag or container to avoid escape and spread. To treat more serious infestations: Apply organic insecticides. Use naturally-derived insecticides before moving on to synthetic insecticides. Neem oil and pyrethrum are naturally-derived insecticides that should be applied following label instructions. Apply synthetic insecticides. Examples of insecticides effective for leaf beetles include carbaryl, permethrin, and bifenthrin. Apply insecticides according to label instructions.
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What is Leaf blight Disease on Cherry laurel?
What is Leaf blight Disease on Cherry laurel?
Leaf blight is a prevalent disease that significantly impacts Cherry laurel. It typically results in yellowing and wilting of leaves, leading to eventual defoliation. This fungal disease not only hampers growth but may lead to plant death if not controlled timely.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The symptoms primarily revolve around leaf manifestations. Key indicators include blotches on the lower side, turning into yellowish-brown spots over time. The spots often coalesce, leading to leaf wilting and eventual defoliation.
What Causes Leaf blight Disease on Cherry laurel?
What Causes Leaf blight Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Fungal pathogen
This disease is primarily caused by fungi, specifically Coccomyces hiemalis, which thrives in moist and shaded conditions.
How to Treat Leaf blight Disease on Cherry laurel?
How to Treat Leaf blight Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Watering practices: Avoid overhead watering, favoring root-zone irrigation instead.

Sanitation: Regularly clear fallen leaves and other debris to limit fungal growth.
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Pesticide
Fungal treatments: Use effective fungicides, like Bordeaux mixture, during wet seasons.

Regular sprays: Employ regular fungicide sprays to control disease outbreaks.
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Leaf weevils
Overview
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Treatment
Prevention
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What is Leaf weevils Disease on Cherry laurel?
What is Leaf weevils Disease on Cherry laurel?
Leaf weevils are a type of beetle that feed on Cherry laurel, which can cause significant harm. The insects devour plant tissue, leading to unsightly leaf notching and, in severe cases, can impede the plant’s growth and overall vigor.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Symptoms include uneven, notched leaf edges, browning, and wilting. Severe infestations can cause leaves to fall prematurely, impede the plant's growth, and diminish overall vigor. Larvae can also cause root damage, leading to plant instability.
What Causes Leaf weevils Disease on Cherry laurel?
What Causes Leaf weevils Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Insect-feeding activity
The leaf weevil, a type of beetle, causes the disease. The adults and larvae feed on the leaves and roots of Cherry laurel, respectively, leading to notching and damage that can weaken the plant over time.
How to Treat Leaf weevils Disease on Cherry laurel?
How to Treat Leaf weevils Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Manual removal: The adults can be handpicked off the Cherry laurel, especially during cooler times of the day when they are less active.

Introducing natural predators: Encourage predatory insects, birds, and certain nematode species, which can reduce the leaf weevil population.
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Pesticide
Application of insecticides: A properly timed application of a suitable insecticide, following manufacturer's instructions, can be used to treat infestations. Insecticides containing pyrethrin can be effective.
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Leaf rot
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What is Leaf rot Disease on Cherry laurel?
What is Leaf rot Disease on Cherry laurel?
Leaf rot is a virulent disease that significantly affects Cherry laurel, causing deterioration and decay of the foliage. The disease can lead to a severe decline in plant health if not managed in a timely manner, affecting both aesthetic and physiological aspects.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Leaf rot manifests in Cherry laurel through yellowing of leaves which proceed to wilt and decay. The disease also leads to brown or black spots on leaves and may cause dieback of branches.
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on Cherry laurel?
What Causes Leaf rot Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Pathogen
Leaf rot in Cherry laurel is primarily caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora spp., which thrives in wet, humid conditions.
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Environmental conditions
Excessive moisture, poor drainage, and compacted, poorly aerated soil exacerbate the disease's development.
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on Cherry laurel?
How to Treat Leaf rot Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Non pesticide
Pruning: Remove and dispose of infected leaves or branches promptly to prevent spread of the infection.

Soil Improvement: Enhance soil quality and drainage to prevent water-logging and deny the pathogen its preferable environment.
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Pesticide
Fungicidal Treatment: Apply fungicides that are specifically designed for leaf rot control, following label instructions meticulously.
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Caterpillars
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Symptom
Causes
Treatment
Prevention
Active Period
What is Caterpillars Disease on Cherry laurel?
What is Caterpillars Disease on Cherry laurel?
Caterpillars are not a disease but a pest affecting Prunus laurocerasus. Consuming foliage, they can cause severe damage and potentially death if the infestation is heavy. Effective management practices can control their population and reduce their impact.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
On Cherry laurel, some of the most common symptoms include foliage damage like chewed leaves leaving behind a tattered appearance, noticeable defoliation, and silken threads or clusters of eggs on the underside of leaves.
What Causes Caterpillars Disease on Cherry laurel?
What Causes Caterpillars Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Species
Various, but typically moth and butterfly larvae cause most of the damage
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Environment
Favorable conditions for their survival such as mild, wet weather or areas with abundant foliage for feeding and laying eggs.
How to Treat Caterpillars Disease on Cherry laurel?
How to Treat Caterpillars Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Non pesticide
Manual removal: Pick off and destroy visible caterpillars

Plant diversity: Grow plants that attract natural predators such as birds, wasps, and ladybirds.
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Pesticide
Chemical control: Use a suitable insecticide such as Bacillus thuringiensis or spinosad. Always follow the product's instructions.
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Brown blotch
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Treatment
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What is Brown blotch Disease on Cherry laurel?
What is Brown blotch Disease on Cherry laurel?
Brown spot is a fungal disease that affects Cherry laurel, primarily causing browning and yellowing of leaves. The disease proliferates in wet and humid conditions, significantly compromising the plant's health.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The most common symptoms include browning and yellowing of leaves often with a concentric pattern. Cherry laurel may also experience leaf drop, stunted growth, and in severe cases, the disease can lead to plant death.
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Cherry laurel?
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Fungi
The fungi Cercospora causes Brown spot. The pathogen spreads predominantly through wind-blown spores, significantly thriving in prolonged periods of wet and humid conditions.
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Cherry laurel?
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Cherry laurel?
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Non pesticide
Removal: Infected parts of the plant should be promptly removed and destroyed to prevent the spread.

Improve Ventilation: Improving ventilation around the plant can reduce humidity, discouraging the disease's development.
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Pesticide
Fungicides: Specific fungicides can be used to control the disease’s spread.

Spraying: Thoroughly spraying the plant with fungicides during the growing season can help control the disease.
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Leaf beetles
Leaf beetles are a class of colored insects 1 to 2 cm in size. They gnaw on leaves and petals resulting in small, round holes scattered over the surface.
Overview
Overview
Leaf beetles range in size from 1.5 mm to 2 cm. Both adult beetles and their larvae eat the leaves of many different types of plants. There are over 35,000 different species of leaf beetles, in a variety of colors including gold, green, yellow-striped, and red striped. Some of these have been mistaken for ladybirds because of their shape and coloring. They can be oval, round, or elongated in shape. These insect pests are most active in spring and summer.
If not controlled, leaf beetles can do a lot of damage to vegetable crops and ornamental plants. They feed on the leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and fruits of different plants. They can fly, which means it's easy for them to move from one plant to another. Some species of leaf beetles only target one specific crop, while others will target many different types of plants. Although a lot of the damage that they cause is cosmetic, an infestation can weaken a plant and leave it prone to other more problematic diseases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The first signs of a leaf beetles infestation are small visible holes in leaves. Leaves then become discolored and dark beetle droppings can be seen. As the leaves turn yellow and brown, they will drop off the plant onto the ground. Some leaves will appear skeletonized with only the veins still remaining.
Infestation begins in spring, when the adult beetles emerge from the soil and lay their eggs on the leaves of plants. When these eggs hatch, the young nymphs start munching on the leaves as they grow up. Once leaf beetles are large and mature, they'll fall to the ground and pupate in the soil over winter before starting the cycle all over again.
Leaf beetles also eat holes in fruits and vegetables. These can be seen as small round holes that sometimes have a larger brown area surrounding them.
Solutions
Solutions
For less serious cases:
  1. Remove beetles, nymphs, and eggs. Remove all life stages of the beetles and kill them by placing them in a bucket of warm, soapy water. This can be done more easily by placing the bucket under affected leaves and shaking the plant. This method is most effective in the afternoon when leaf beetles are more active. Always dispose of insects in a sealed bag or container to avoid escape and spread.
To treat more serious infestations:
  1. Apply organic insecticides. Use naturally-derived insecticides before moving on to synthetic insecticides. Neem oil and pyrethrum are naturally-derived insecticides that should be applied following label instructions.
  2. Apply synthetic insecticides. Examples of insecticides effective for leaf beetles include carbaryl, permethrin, and bifenthrin. Apply insecticides according to label instructions.
Prevention
Prevention
To prevent infestations of leaf beetles, follow these practices.
  1. Regularly check for beetles. To prevent large pest infestations, be proactive about frequently checking plants for pests and removing them quickly.
  2. Clear debris. Clear weeds and debris to remove areas where these beetles may overwinter and hide.
  3. Attract natural predators. Birds and other insects, such as wasps and ladybugs, are effective natural predators of leaf beetles. Encourage them to visit by including a diverse array of plants to provide habitat and food. Also, avoid applying broad-spectrum herbicides that can harm and kill beneficial insects.
  4. Plant aromatic herbs like mint, garlic, or rosemary, as these can repel leaf beetles.
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Cherry Laurel and Their Toxicity

* The judgment on toxicity and danger is for reference only. We DO NOT GUARANTEE any accuracy of such judgment. Therefore, you SHALL NOT rely on such judgment. It is IMPORTANT TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE in advance when necessary.
Slightly Toxic to Humans
The cherry laurel, like nearly all members of the Prunus genus, has cyanide precursors in every part, including its seeds, with the sole exception of its fruit. Once a human eats the seeds, leaves, or any other part of the plant, these cyanotoxins will convert to cyanide gas when they make contact with stomach acid. This gas absorbs through mucus membranes and poisons the individual. Symptoms progress from agitation and dilated eyes to weakness, loss of coordination and muscle spasms, difficulty moving or speaking, slowed respiration and heartbeat, and finally death.
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Who Is Most at Risk of Plant Poisoning?
Your pets like cats and dogs can be poisoned by them as well!
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Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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It’s better to kill those growing around your house. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
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Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
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Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
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Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages, and do not let your pets reach it;Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you take your pets to hike with you in the wild, please don’t let them eat any plants that you don’t know;
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Once your pets eat, touch or inhale anything from toxic plants and act abnormally, please call the doctors for help ASAP!
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Pets
Some pets are less likely than children to eat and touch just about everything. This is good, as a pet owner. However, you know your pet best, and it is up to you to keep them safe. There are plenty of poisonous weeds that can grow within the confines of your lawn, which might make your dogs or cats ill or worse if they eat them. Try to have an idea of what toxic plants grow in your area and keep them under control and your pets away from them.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

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Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
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Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Who Is Most at Risk of Plant Poisoning?
Everyone should keep the following in mind to prevent being poisoned:
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Do not eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you need to kill it, wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
3
Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
4
Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
5
Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
6
Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages;
7
Wear properly when you hiking or working in the wilderness. Long pants, long sleeves, gloves, hiking shoes, etc., that protect you from being hurt by any plants;
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Once you or your family aren’t feeling well after eating, touching or inhaling anything from toxic plants, please call your doctor for help ASAP!
Outdoor Workers
Outdoor Workers and Recreationalists
Those who enjoy the outdoors either as a hobby or as part of their work will rarely see a plant and decide to munch on it (although the scenario is not unheard of). However, they do tend to deal with moving through and brushing aside plants. These people are more at risk of being poisoned by touching toxic plants than by ingesting them.
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Foragers
Foragers
Foraging for food and medicinal plants is a desirable skill among people who want to feel at one with the land. This hobby can be very useful and enjoyable, but if done wrong , it can lead to disastrous effects. People who forage are picking and grabbing plants with the full intention of using those plants, most of the time to ingest them.
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Children
Children
While outdoor workers are more likely to touch poison and foragers are more likely to ingest poison, children can easily do both. These bundles of joy just love to run around and explore the world. They enjoy touching things and occasionally shoving random stuff in their mouth; this is a terrible combination with toxic plants in the mix.
If you let your children run about, it is important to know what are the local toxic plants that they could accidentally get into. Try to educate the children and steer them away from where the toxic plants are located.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

aloe
Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
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Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Plant Type
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Shrub
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Spread
Spread
2 to 10 m
Bloom Time
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Flower Color
White
Cream
Leaf Color
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
Flower Size
1 cm
Plant Height
Plant Height
3 to 12 m

Name story

Cherry laurel
It is because the plant is from the Prunus genus, it carries the word, cherry in its name. However, the laurel in the name does not mean that it has a kinship with the genus Laurus. The word means that its leaves and shape are very similar to Laurus nobilis (original laurel), and it is also used to make laurel wreaths. So it is called a cherry laurel.

Usages

Garden Use
Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) is a vigorous and spreading evergreen shrub whose growth makes it a popular choice as a hedging plant. The attractive leaves, flowers, and berries also make this a good specimen plant that offers year-round interest. This shrub is well suited to informal and cottage gardens and its colors pair well with Japanese maple or snowdrops.
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Picking a Healthy Woody Plant
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Symmetrical crown, evenly distributed branches, full and compact shape, no excessive growth, close internodes, and uniform leaf size.
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Branches
The branches are not withered, and the trunk is free of boreholes or damage.
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Leaves
Check the inside of the plant, shaded and overlapping areas, back of leaves. Even colour, no yellowing, no brown spots, no crawling insects, no cobwebs, no deformities, no wilting.
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No mold, browning or soft rot at the base of the plant.
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Health Troubleshooting

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more 1 Asymmetrical crown or missing, uneven branching: prune the weak and slender branches of the larger portion of the asymmetrical crown.
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more 2 Internodes are longer in the upper part, leaves are sparse and smaller on top: increase light intensity or duration.
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more 1 Dry branches: check if the branch is still alive by peeling back a small section of bark and trim away any dry branches. Watch out for signs of insect infestation inside the branch.
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more 2 Bark with holes: inject insecticide into the holes and apply systemic insecticide to the roots.
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Mildew, browning, or soft rot at the base: place the plant in a ventilated, dry environment and water with fungicide.
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more 1 Uneven leaf color and yellowing: prune yellow leaves and check if there are signs of rot at the base of the plant. Spray with fungicide for severe cases.
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more 2 Brown spots or small yellow spots: place the plant in a ventilated area and avoid watering the leaves. Spray with fungicide for severe cases.
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more 3 Tiny crawling insects on the back of leaves or spider webs between leaves: increase light exposure and spray with insecticide for severe cases.
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more 4 Deformations or missing parts on leaves: determine if it's physical damage or pest infestation. Linear or tearing damage is physical, while the rest are pests. Spray with insecticide.
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Soil should smell fresh like after a rain and no musty odor.
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Check the light requirement of the plant and if it match with planting location.
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Outdoor temperature is not suitable for the plant: wait until it's a more favorable temperature for growth.
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Insufficient light: Lack of light can result in fewer leaves and branches, and prevent flowering. Move plant to sunnier spot if possible.
Transplant recovery: After 3 days without severe wilting, slowly increase light to normal levels over a week. If plant droops or sheds leaves, keep it in shade. Once wilting stops, give shade until the plant stands up again. Lots of yellowing and leaf loss mean the light is too low and needs to be increased.
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Plant your plant promptly in its final location or in a new pot, if conditions are suitable. When transplanting, clean the roots of the plant and keep the root system intact. Prune any blackened or rotten roots, spread out a heavily tangled root system, and mix in some well-rotted organic fertilizer. Use permeable soil and water thoroughly after planting.
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Pruning
Remove yellow or diseased leaves immediately. If leaves are crowded and appear wilted or falling off, remove some of them. For bare-root plants, cut off at least half of the leaves. Pruning is not typically required.
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Watering
Increase watering in the first week to keep soil moist. Water when soil is slightly dry, for at least 2 weeks. Avoid over-watering. Do not water when there is water on your fingers after touching the soil.
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Add a small amount of base fertilizer during transplanting or repotting. No other fertilizer needed for the first month.
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Cherry Laurel Watering Instructions
Cherry laurel, or Prunus laurocerasus, originates from South-East Europe and Western Asia, an environment characterized by relatively high rainfall, mildly humid climate, and damp soil. Such conditions inform cherry laurel's watering needs, favoring moderately moist loamy soil. Regular watering to emulate this high-prevalence aqua regime is essential, avoiding however waterlogged grounds that would betray its native habitat.
When Should I Water My Cherry Laurel?
Importance of Timely Watering
Ensuring that cherry laurel receives water at appropriate times is crucial for its optimal growth, health, and resilience. Mismanagement of watering can lead to dehydration, disease susceptibility, and may even provoke irreversible damage.
Soil Dryness
Cherry laurel's soil is a reliable indicator of when it's time to water. If the top 1-2 inches of the soil feel dry to the touch, it's time to hydrate the plant. A soil moisture meter may also be useful in gauging the soil's water content accurately.
Leaf Discoloration
Monitor cherry laurel's leaf color closely for any changes. If the leaves start to turn a contrasting yellow or brown color, it's a sure indication that the plant needs watering. However, if leaf discoloration persists even after watering, it may signal a health issue requiring professional consultation.
Leaf Wilting
Cherry laurel communicates its need for water through its leaves. Wilting or droopy leaves often indicate that the plant is parched. These leaves may also feel dry or brittle to the touch. Upon noticing such signs, water the plant immediately.
Reduced Leaf Growth
Cherry laurel is a fast-growing plant, and a slowness in leaf growth can be another strong indicator of water need. This is especially relevant during the growing season.
Risks and Consequences
Watering cherry laurel too early or too late can stress the plant and disrupt its growth cycle. Overwatering could lead to root rot, fungal growth, or insect infestations. On the other hand, neglecting signs of dehydration can lead to stunted growth, leaf dropping, and, in extreme cases, plant death. Balancing and responding to cherry laurel's water demand signals are hence crucial for its health and longevity.
How Should I Water My Cherry Laurel?
Watering Requirements
Cherry laurel, also known as Cherry laurel, has specific watering needs and sensitivities that should be considered for optimal hydration.
Watering Technique
For cherry laurel, it is important to provide deep, infrequent waterings rather than frequent shallow waterings. This encourages the roots to grow deep in the soil and promotes overall plant health. To achieve this, water cherry laurel thoroughly until the soil is saturated, and then allow the top few inches of soil to dry out before watering again. This mimics natural rainfall and prevents waterlogged soil.
Watering Can Type
When using a watering can, it is recommended to choose one with a long, narrow spout. This allows for targeted watering at the base of cherry laurel without wetting the foliage excessively. Avoid pouring water directly onto the foliage, as this can lead to fungal diseases.
Misting
Misting is not recommended for cherry laurel. The foliage of cherry laurel is sensitive to excessive moisture, and misting can increase humidity around the plant, making it more susceptible to fungal diseases.
Moisture Meter
Using a moisture meter can be beneficial for cherry laurel. By inserting the probe into the soil, you can accurately determine the moisture level and water cherry laurel only when necessary. This helps prevent overwatering and ensures optimal hydration.
Avoid Watering the Foliage
When watering cherry laurel, it is important to avoid wetting the foliage as much as possible. Direct the water flow towards the base of the plant to prevent excessive moisture on the leaves. Wet foliage can lead to fungal diseases and damage the plant's health.
Avoid Watering at Night
To avoid prolonged moisture on the foliage, it is recommended to avoid watering cherry laurel at night. Watering during the morning allows the foliage to dry out quickly, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.
Mulching
Applying a layer of organic mulch around cherry laurel can help retain moisture in the soil and reduce water evaporation. This can contribute to maintaining optimal hydration levels for cherry laurel. However, ensure that the mulch does not touch the base of the plant to prevent stem rot.
Monitoring Soil Drainage
Regularly checking the soil drainage is crucial for cherry laurel. Ensure that the water freely drains through the soil and does not pool around the roots. If the soil is not draining properly, it may indicate the need for amending the soil or adjusting the watering technique.
Underwatering vs. Overwatering
Balancing the watering for cherry laurel is essential, as both underwatering and overwatering can negatively impact its health. Underwatering can lead to dry soil, wilting, and poor growth, while overwatering can cause root rot, leaf yellowing, and fungal diseases. Monitoring the soil moisture and adjusting the watering frequency accordingly is key to providing optimal hydration to cherry laurel.
How Much Water Does Cherry Laurel Really Need?
Introduction
Cherry laurel is a plant native to regions of Asia and Europe. It is commonly known as Cherry laurel and is often grown as an ornamental shrub. Understanding its natural habitat can provide insight into its hydration needs.
Optimal Watering Quantity
Cherry laurel prefers moist but well-drained soil. The water quantity needed depends on factors such as pot size, root depth, and plant size. As a general guideline, a mature cherry laurel plant in a large pot may require watering with around 2 liters of water per watering session.
Signs of Proper Hydration
Healthy cherry laurel plants will have lush and vibrant leaves. The stems will be sturdy and the plant will exhibit vigorous growth. Proper hydration is also indicated by a regular flowering season with abundant flowers. Yellow or wilted leaves, as well as drooping appearance, may be signs of under-watering. On the other hand, an excess of water can lead to yellowing leaves, mold, or fungus growth.
Risks of Improper Watering
Over-watering cherry laurel can cause root rot and lead to the plant's decline. It can also make the plant more susceptible to diseases and pests. Under-watering can result in stunted growth and reduced vitality.
Additional Advice
The soil should be allowed to dry out slightly between watering sessions to prevent issues with oxygen and nutrient absorption. Regular monitoring of the soil moisture level and adjusting watering accordingly is important to ensure optimal water quantity for cherry laurel.
How Often Should I Water Cherry Laurel?
Every 1-2 weeks
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences and needs. Devote time to understanding your plants so you can nurture them properly. Observe your plants attentively, learning from their growth patterns, and becoming more in tune with their needs as you grow together. Keep a watchful eye on new plants and seedlings, as they are sensitive to both overwatering and underwatering. Shower them with gentle love and attention, fostering their growth and strength. Let the rhythm of your local climate guide your watering habits, adapting your schedule to the changing weather and the needs of your plants.
What Kind of Water is Best for Cherry Laurel?
Right water significance
Cherry laurel thrives best with the right kind of water, aiding optimal nutrient absorption and growth. The wrong water type can disturb the plant’s physiological functions contributing to nutrient deficiency, disease, and even premature death.
Optimal water types
Cherry laurel prefers rainwater due to its natural composition. Filtered water can also be used as it normally doesn't contain harmful additives. If those are not available, tap water can be used, though it's not the best option due to possible chlorine content.
Sensitive elements in water
Cherry laurel can be sensitive to high levels of chlorine, fluoride, and certain minerals like sodium and boron that might be present in tap water. Excessive exposure to these can potentially damage the roots and inhibit plant growth.
Water treatments
If you're using tap water, let it sit out for 24 hours to allow chlorine to evaporate before watering your cherry laurel plant. This process helps to remove harmful chlorine that can damage cherry laurel's roots.
Water temperature preference
Cherry laurel doesn't have specific temperature preferences but avoids too cold or too hot water. Room temperature water – not too cold, not too hot – is ideal for this plant to avoid shock.
Importance of measures
Adhering to these measures will ensure cherry laurel maintains a healthy root system and overall vitality. Incorrect water types and temperature can severely affect the health of your cherry laurel, leading to leaf yellowing, root damage, and slowed growth.
How Do Cherry Laurel's Watering Needs Change with the Seasons?
How to Water cherry laurel in Spring?
During spring, cherry laurel experiences its active growth phase. It is essential to maintain consistent soil moisture to support healthy growth. Water regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist.
How to Water cherry laurel in Summer?
In summer, cherry laurel may enter a drought period where it undergoes natural dormancy to conserve energy. Reduce watering frequency, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings.
How to Water cherry laurel in Autumn?
During autumn, cherry laurel prepares for winter dormancy. Gradually decrease the frequency of watering as the plant enters its dormant phase. Ensure the soil remains lightly moist.
How to Water cherry laurel in Winter?
In winter, cherry laurel experiences its dormant period. Water sparingly as the plant requires minimal moisture during this time. Allow the topsoil to dry out between waterings.
What Expert Tips Can Enhance Cherry Laurel Watering Routine?
Soil Moisture Assessment:
Assessing the moisture level of the soil beyond the surface is crucial for properly watering cherry laurel. One way to do this is by using a moisture meter, which can give you accurate readings of the deeper soil moisture. This prevents both over-watering and under-watering the plant.
Watering Tools:
Using a watering wand or a soaker hose is recommended for watering cherry laurel. These tools allow for targeted and controlled watering directly at the plant's roots, ensuring efficient absorption and reducing water waste.
Watering Time:
Water cherry laurel early in the morning to give the plant ample time to absorb water before the heat of the day causes evaporation. This also minimizes the risk of fungal diseases, as the plant will have a chance to dry out during the day.
Avoid Over-Watering:
One common mistake when watering cherry laurel is over-watering. It is important to allow the top few inches of soil to dry out between watering sessions. Over-watering can lead to root rot and increased susceptibility to pests and diseases.
Signs of Thirst:
To determine if cherry laurel needs watering, check the soil moisture below the surface level. If it feels dry to the touch, it's time to water. Additionally, drooping leaves or a generally wilted appearance can indicate thirst in cherry laurel.
Adjusting in Heatwaves:
During heatwaves, cherry laurel may need more frequent watering due to increased evaporation rates. Monitor the soil moisture closely and water when the soil feels dry. Consider implementing shade or mulching to help retain moisture.
Adjusting in Extended Rain:
During periods of extended rain, be cautious not to over-water cherry laurel. Check the soil moisture frequently and reduce watering frequency if the soil is consistently moist. Ensure proper drainage to prevent waterlogging.
Watering Stressed cherry laurel:
When cherry laurel is stressed, such as during transplanting or extreme weather conditions, give the plant extra attention and provide deep watering to alleviate stress. Ensure the water reaches the root zone.
Common Misconception:
One common misconception about watering cherry laurel is that it requires constant moisture. However, cherry laurel is actually quite tolerant of drought conditions. Watering too frequently or excessively can harm the plant's health. Take care not to over-water.
Water Quality:
The quality of water used for watering cherry laurel is important. Avoid using water with high levels of salts or chlorine, as they can damage the plant. If necessary, use filtered or collected rainwater for optimal results.
Considering Hydroponics? How to Manage a Water-Grown Cherry Laurel?
Overview of Hydroponics
Cherry laurel is a plant that can be successfully grown using hydroponics, a method of cultivating plants without soil. Hydroponics provides better control over nutrient uptake and water absorption for optimal growth and yields. Additionally, it allows for efficient use of space and resources.
Hydroponic System
The deep water culture (DWC) system is best suited for growing cherry laurel hydroponically. In this system, the roots of the plant are suspended in nutrient-rich water, with an air pump providing oxygenation. The DWC system ensures adequate nutrient and water availability to the plant's roots.
Nutrient Solution Requirements
Cherry laurel thrives in a nutrient solution with a balanced composition. Maintain a nutrient solution with concentrations of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) at 100-200 ppm (parts per million). The pH level should be maintained between 5.6-6.2 for optimal nutrient absorption. Change the nutrient solution every 2-3 weeks to prevent nutrient imbalances.
Challenges and Common Issues
When growing cherry laurel hydroponically, root rot can be a common problem. To prevent root rot, ensure proper oxygenation of the nutrient solution by using an air pump. Monitor the nutrient solution for any imbalances and adjust accordingly. Ensure the roots are not overcrowded, as this can lead to nutrient deficiency. Also, provide adequate light intensity to promote healthy growth.
Monitoring Plant Health
Monitor cherry laurel's health in a hydroponic setup by observing the color and texture of the leaves. Pale or yellowing leaves may indicate nutrient deficiencies, while dark green or curling leaves may indicate nutrient excess. Check for signs of root rot, such as foul odor or slimy roots. Monitor the pH level of the nutrient solution regularly to maintain optimal nutrient uptake.
Adjusting Hydroponic Environment
Adjust the hydroponic environment based on cherry laurel's growth stages or specific needs. During the vegetative stage, provide a longer light period of 14-16 hours to promote leaf growth. Reduce the light period to 10-12 hours during the flowering stage. Adjust the nutrient solution concentration as per the plant's growth stage, following the manufacturer's guidelines.
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Important Symptoms
Overwatering
Cherry laurel is more susceptible to developing disease symptoms when overwatered because it prefers a soil environment with moderate humidity. Symptoms of overwatering include yellowing leaves, root rot, leaf drop...
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Yellowing leaves
When plants receive too much water, the roots become oxygen deprived and the bottom leaves of the plant gradually turn yellow.
Root rot
Excess water in the soil can lead to the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria, causing the roots to rot and eventually kill the plant.
Leaf drop
When plants are overwatered, they may shed their leaves as a response to stress, even if the leaves appear green and healthy.
Mold and mildew
Overwatered plants create a damp environment that can encourage the growth of mold and mildew on soil.
Increased susceptibility diseases
Overwatering plants may become more susceptible and diseases as their overall health declines, weakening their natural defenses.
Solutions
1. Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness. Wait for soil to dry before watering.2. Increase soil aeration by loosening surface and gently stirring with a wooden stick or chopstick.3. Optimize environment with good ventilation and warmth to enhance water evaporation and prevent overwatering.
Underwatering
Cherry laurel is more susceptible to plant health issues when lacking watering, as it can only tolerate short periods of drought. Symptoms of dehydration include wilting, yellowing leaves, leaf drop...
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Wilting
Due to the dry soil and insufficient water absorption by the roots, the leaves of the plant will appear limp, droopy, and lose vitality.
Root damage
Prolonged underwatering can cause root damage, making it difficult for the plant to absorb water even when it is available.
Dry stems
Due to insufficient water, plant stems may become dry or brittle, making the branches easy to break.
Dying plant
If underwatering continues for an extended period, the plant may ultimately die as a result of severe water stress and an inability to carry out essential functions.
Solutions
1. Thoroughly saturate soil with slow ring watering to ensure uniform and sufficient moisture for plants. 2. Increase air humidity with water trays or misting to slow leaf water evaporation. 3. Watering according to the recommended frequency.Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness.
Watering Troubleshooting for Cherry Laurel
Why are leaves of my cherry laurel turning yellow?
Yellow leaves often suggest overwatering. Cherry laurel prefers moist but well-drained soil, and excessive water can cause root rot and leaf yellowing. Adjust your watering schedule to allow the soil to dry between waterings. Additionally, ensure proper drainage in the pot or garden to prevent waterlogging.
The leaves of my cherry laurel are wilting, despite frequent watering. What could be wrong?
Overwatering can be the issue. While cherry laurel enjoys consistently moist soil, it doesn't tolerate standing water. Waterlogged soil can suffocate the roots, causing wilting. Reduce your watering frequency, make sure the pot or garden has good drainage, and consider mixing in some sand or perlite to improve soil aeration.
My cherry laurel's leaves look burnt and its growth seems stunted. What could be contributing to this?
You may be underwatering your cherry laurel. This plant requires regular watering to maintain a consistently moist soil environment. Periods of drought can lead to crispy, burnt-looking leaves and stunted growth. Solution is to adjust your watering schedule to more frequently, particularly in hotter, drier periods.
What is the best watering schedule for a cherry laurel?
A cherry laurel generally requires consistent watering to keep its root zone moist. However, its exact water needs depend on factors like its size, age, soil type, humidity, and ambient temperature. As a general rule, water it once the top inch of soil feels dry to touch. In hotter seasons, it may need more frequent watering, while in colder months, less water is necessary.
Why are the leaf tips of my cherry laurel turning brown?
Brown leaf tips can be a sign of underwatering or poor water quality. Cherry laurel prefers regular watering to maintain soil moisture. If the soil gets too dry, the leaf edges can turn brown. Also, cherry laurel is sensitive to water with high salt content. If poor water quality is the issue, consider using filtered or rainwater to water your plant.
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Cherry laurel craves for abundant solar exposure but can also adapt to lesser amounts of light, showing resilience in more shadowed areas. Insufficient light may hamper its growth, while overexposure can burden it with sunscorch. Originally evolved in regions of plentiful sunlight, different growth stages don't significantly vary its light needs.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Insufficient light
Cherry laurel thrives in full sunlight but is sensitive to heat. As a plant commonly grown outdoors with abundant sunlight, it may exhibit subtle symptoms of light deficiency when placed in rooms with suboptimal lighting.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your cherry laurel may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Cherry laurel enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Excessive light
Cherry laurel thrives in full sun exposure but is sensitive to heat. Although sunburn symptoms occasionally occur, they are unable to withstand intense sunlight in high-temperature environments.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences. Learn about your plants' temperature needs and create a comforting environment for them to flourish. As you care for your plants, your bond with them will deepen. Trust your intuition as you learn about their temperature needs, celebrating the journey you share. Lovingly monitor the temperature around your plants and adjust their environment as needed. A thermometer can be your ally in this heartfelt endeavor. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you explore your plants' temperature needs. Cherish your successes, learn from challenges, and nurture your garden with love, creating a haven that reflects the warmth of your care.
Essentials
As a temperate woody plant, cherry laurel prefers a temperature range of 59 to 95 ℉ (15 to 35 ℃). Its native growth environment is characterized by cool winters and warm summers with temperature fluctuations throughout the seasons. To adjust to temperature changes, it is recommended to provide ample water during the hot summer months to prevent drought stress. In the winter, mulching around the base of the plant can help protect roots from extreme cold.
Regional wintering strategies
Cherry laurel has some cold tolerance and generally does not require any additional measures when the temperature is above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. However, if the temperature is expected to drop below {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}, it is necessary to take some temporary measures for cold protection, such as wrapping the plant with plastic film, fabric, or other materials. Once the temperature rises again, the protective measures should be removed promptly.
Important Symptoms
Low Temperature
Cherry laurel has moderate tolerance to low temperatures and thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, the leaves may start to droop. In mild cases, they can recover, but in severe cases, the leaves will wilt and eventually fall off.
Solutions
Trim off the frost-damaged parts. Prior to encountering low temperatures again, wrap the plant with materials such as non-woven fabric or cloth, and construct a wind barrier to protect it from the cold wind.
High Temperature
During summer, Cherry laurel should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the color of the leaves becomes lighter, the leaf tips may become dry and withered, the leaves may curl, and the plant becomes more susceptible to sunburn.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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How to Successfully Transplant Cherry Laurel?
The best time to transplant cherry laurel is in the initial weeks of spring to ensure healthy growth. Choose a location with well-drained soil and partial to full sun exposure. Be gentle with the root ball while transplanting, and remember to water regularly!
What Preparations are Needed Before Transplanting Cherry Laurel?
What is the Ideal Time for Transplanting Cherry Laurel?
The perfect period to transplant cherry laurel is the birth of spring, just as winter's chill recedes. This timing offers cherry laurel an entire growing season to establish roots, helping it thrive. Your cherry laurel gets ample time to accustom with new environment, therefore boosting plant health and yield.
How Much Space Should You Leave Between Cherry Laurel Plants?
When transplanting cherry laurel, make sure to space your plants 6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters) apart. This spacing will give your plants enough room to grow and spread out. Don't let the early size deceive you!
What is the Best Soil Mix for Cherry Laurel Transplanting?
For a healthy start, prepare a loamy, well-draining soil with a pH range of 6 to 7. Before planting cherry laurel, mix in a balanced slow-release fertilizer, like a 10-10-10 granular option, for a boost in nutrients.
Where Should You Relocate Your Cherry Laurel?
When choosing a location, keep in mind that cherry laurel enjoys full sun to partial shade. A spot with morning sun and afternoon shade is ideal. Make sure the spot you pick has adequate space for them to grow tall and wide.
What Equipments Should You Prepare Before Transplantation Cherry Laurel?
Gardening Gloves
To protect your hands while working with the soil and cherry laurel.
Shovel or Spade
You'll need this to dig the hole where cherry laurel will be transplanted and to lift cherry laurel from its initial position.
Garden Shears
To trim the unnecessary branches and roots of cherry laurel before transplanting.
Watering Can or Hose
To ensure you can provide your cherry laurel plant with ample hydration after transplanting.
Wheelbarrow or Tarp
To help transport cherry laurel from its original location to the new location.
How Do You Remove Cherry Laurel from the Soil?
From Ground: First, water the cherry laurel plant to dampen the soil, this makes root extraction easier. Next, dig a wide trench around the plant using a shovel, ensuring the cherry laurel's root ball remains intact. Carefully work the spade under the root ball to lift the plant from its original location.
From Pot: Begin by pouring out any excess water from the pot. Turn the pot on its side and gently tap it to loosen the root ball. If the plant doesn't loosen easily, you may need to run a knife along the inside perimeter of the pot to help dislodge it.
From Seedling Tray: Moisten the soil in the tray then carefully remove each cherry laurel seedling by gently teasing the roots free. Ensure to hold the seedlings by their leaves to prevent root damage.
Step-by-Step Guide for Transplanting Cherry Laurel
Step1 Preparation
Prepare the transplanting site by digging a hole twice as wide and deep as the cherry laurel's rootball.
Step2 Check Roots
Trim off any dead or excessively long roots from the cherry laurel plant.
Step3 Placement
Place the cherry laurel plant in the hole, ensuring that the top of its root ball is level with the surrounding soil surface.
Step4 Backfill
Backfill the hole with the native soil, firming it gently around the base of the cherry laurel plant.
Step5 Water
Thoroughly water the cherry laurel plant immediately after transplanting to help settle the soil and reduce transplant shock.
How Do You Care For Cherry Laurel After Transplanting?
Mulching
Apply a thick layer of organic mulch around the cherry laurel plant after transplanting, leaving some space around the stem to avoid rot.
Pruning
Prune the cherry laurel plant lightly after transplanting, removing any damaged or overcrowded branches to encourage the new growth.
Watering
Ensure the cherry laurel is well-watered after transplanting, then water deeply once a week, adjusting based on rainfall and temperature.
Monitoring
Keep a watchful eye on your new transplant, checking for any signs of disease, pests or stress, and take any necessary actions promptly.
Troubleshooting Common Issues with Cherry Laurel Transplantation.
When should I ideally carry out the transplantation of cherry laurel?
The best time to transplant your cherry laurel is at the very inception of spring, which allows an optimal transplanting environment.
What's the most suitable distance to maintain between each cherry laurel during transplantation?
Maintain a proper gap of 6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters) between each cherry laurel to ensure they flourish without competition for resources.
What size of hole should I dig for transplanting cherry laurel?
Dig a hole that's twice the width and the same depth as the root ball of your cherry laurel. This promotes root expansion.
What soil type is best for successful cherry laurel transplantation?
Cherry laurel prefers well-draining soil. Enrich it with organic matter to boost drainage and provide plentiful nutrients, ensuring a successful transplant.
Does cherry laurel need watering right after transplantation?
Definitely! Immediately after transplanting, water your cherry laurel well. This will help the soil settle around the roots and reduce transplant shock.
During transplantation, is pruning necessary for cherry laurel?
While not absolutely necessary, consider light pruning to remove any damaged or diseased branches. This will help the cherry laurel focus on root development.
How do I take care of the transplanted cherry laurel initially?
Monitor the soil moisture closely in the initial stages. Avoid letting your cherry laurel dry out completely or stay overly soggy, as both can cause stress.
What pest pressures can affect the newly transplanted cherry laurel?
Cherry laurel can attract common pests like aphids and caterpillars. If noticed, use an eco-friendly pesticide to minimize the impact on your plant.
How will I know if my transplanted cherry laurel isn't doing well?
Watch out for signs like wilting, yellowing leaves, or stunted growth. These could indicate transplanting issues such as root damage or disease.
Can I transplant cherry laurel which is too mature?
Transplanting a mature cherry laurel can be risky due to the extensive root system. It's always best to transplant young plant specimens.
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Is Cherry Laurel toxic to human?
The cherry laurel, like nearly all members of the Prunus genus, has cyanide precursors in every part, including its seeds, with the sole exception of its fruit. Once a human eats the seeds, leaves, or any other part of the plant, these cyanotoxins will convert to cyanide gas when they make contact with stomach acid. This gas absorbs through mucus membranes and poisons the individual. Symptoms progress from agitation and dilated eyes to weakness, loss of coordination and muscle spasms, difficulty moving or speaking, slowed respiration and heartbeat, and finally death.
How to identify Cherry Laurel
* The judgment on toxicity and danger is for reference only. We DO NOT GUARANTEE any accuracy of such judgment. Therefore, you SHALL NOT rely on such judgment. It is IMPORTANT TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE in advance when necessary.
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