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Common lilac
Syringa vulgaris
Also known as : French lilac
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Trim the diseased, withered leaves once a month.
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Loam, Sand, Clay, Chalky, Sandy loam, Slightly acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
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What's the best method to water my Common lilac?
You might want to put a garden hose at the plant base to ensure that you're promoting excellent root development. Avoid directly spraying the leaves, and know that the leaves will require more watering if they are outdoors and facing direct sunlight. You can also use bubblers that you can put on to each plant to moisten the roots. Also, use soaker hoses that can cover the entire garden or bed when adding or removing plants to push the roots deeply. Drain any excess water and wait for the soil to dry before watering. Water at ground level to prevent diseases. On a sunny day, you might want to spray the entire bush with water. Whether potted or in-ground, please remember Common lilac prefers deep watering over light sprinkling.
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What should I do if I water Common lilac too much/too little?
An overwatered Common lilac can start to have leaves that turn yellow, drop off and wilt. The plant can also look dull and unhealthy, with signs of mushy stems. When they are beginning to show these signs, it's best to adjust your schedule whenever possible. The wilting can also be a sign of under watering as well. You might see that the leaves begin to turn crispy and dry while the overwatered ones will have soft wilted leaves. Check the soil when it is dry and watering is not enough, give it a full watering in time. Enough water will make the Common lilac recover again, but the plant will still appear dry and yellow leaves after a few days due to the damaged root system. Once it return to normal, the leave yellowing will stop . Always check the moisture levels at the pot when you have the Common lilac indoors. Avoid overwatering indoors and see if there are signs of black spots. If these are present, let the soil dry in the pot by giving it a few days of rest from watering. Overwatering can lead to root rot being present in your plant. If this is the case, you might want to transfer them into a different pot, especially if you see discolored and slimy roots. Always prevent root rot as much as possible, and don't let the soil become too soggy. You should dig a little deeper when you plant your Common lilac outdoors. When you check with your fingers and notice that the soil is too dry, it could mean underwatering. Adequate watering is required to help the plant recover.
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How often should I water my Common lilac?
The Common lilac likes deep and infrequent watering. You would want to soak them in a gallon of water each time, especially when they are planted in pots. The water storage of flower pots is limited and the soil will dry out faster. Watering is required every 3 to 5 days when living in a cold region. Water it early in the morning when the soil is dry, outdoors or indoors. You can also determine if watering is needed by checking the soil inside. When the top 2-3 inches of soil is dry, it is time to give the plant a full watering. During hot days, you may need to check the moisture daily, as the heat can quickly dry out the soil in the pot. Irrigation of the soil is also required if you have a garden. When you live in a hot climate, you might want to water once a week. Only water when you notice that about 2 to 3 inches of soil become too dry outdoors or indoors. Consider the amount of rainwater on the plant and ensure not to add to it to prevent root rot.You may not need additional watering of the plants if there is a lot of rainfall.Common lilac generally grows during spring and fall. When they are outdoors, you need to add mulch about 3 to 4 inches deep to conserve more water. You need to water the plants more frequently in sandy soil because this type tends to drain faster. However, with the clay one, you need to water this less frequently where you could go for 2-3 days to dry the plant and not develop any root rot. You could mark the date on the calendar whenever you water and when you notice that the leaves are starting to droop. This can mean that you might be a day late.
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How much water do I need to give my Common lilac?
The Common lilac generally needs about a gallon of water each schedule,With the potted plants, you might want to water them deeply until you see that the water is dripping at the bottom of the pot. Then, wait for the soil to dry before watering them again. You can use a water calculator or a moisture meter to determine the amount you've given to your plant in a week. Provide plenty of water, especially in the flowering period, but let the moisture evaporate afterwards to prevent root rot. If Common lilac is planted outdoor with adequate rainfall, it may not need additional watering. When Common lilac is young or newly planted, make sure it gets 1-2 inches of rain per week. As Common lilac continues to grow, it can survive entirely on rainfall. Only when the weather is too hot, or when there is no rainfall at all for 2-3 weeks, then consider giving Common lilac a full watering during the cooler moment of the day to prevent the plant from suffering from high heat damage. Additional watering will be required during persistent dry spells.
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Should I adjust the watering frequency for my Common lilac according to different seasons or climates?
The Common lilac needs outdoors come from rain, with only persistent dry weather requiring watering. Throughout the spring and fall growing seasons, the soil needs to be kept moist but not soggy, and alternating dry and moist soil conditions will allow the Common lilac to grow well. Throughout the summer, hot weather can cause water to evaporate too quickly, and if there is a lack of rainfall, you will need to water more frequently and extra to keep it moist. Usually, the Common lilac will need less water during the winter. Since the Common lilac will drop their leaves and go dormant, you can put them into a well-draining but moisture-retentive soil mixture like the terracotta to help the water evaporate quicker. Once your Common lilac growing outdoors begins to leaf out and go dormant, you can skip watering altogether and in most cases Common lilac can rely on the fall and winter rains to survive the entire dormant period. After the spring, you can cultivate your Common lilac and encourage it to grow and bloom when the temperature becomes warmer.This plant is not generally a fan of ponding or drought when flowering. You must ensure that the drainage is good at all times, especially during the winter. When the plant is in a pot, the plant has limited root growth. Keep them well-watered, especially if they are planted in pots during summer. They don't like cold and wet roots, so provide adequate drainage, especially if they are still growing. It's always best to water your Common lilac’s diligently. Get the entire root system into a deep soak at least once or twice a week, depending on the weather. It's best to avoid shallow sprinkles that reach the leaves since they generally encourage the growth of fungi and don't reach deep into the roots. Don't allow the Common lilac’s to dry out completely in the fall or winter, even if they are already dormancy. Don't drown the plants because they generally don't like sitting in water for too long. They can die during winter if the soil does not drain well. Also, apply mulch whenever possible to reduce stress, conserve water, and encourage healthy blooms.
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What should I be careful with when I water my Common lilac in different seasons, climates, or during different growing periods?
If planting in the ground, Common lilac mostly relies on rain. However, if there is no rainfall for 2-3 weeks, you may need to give proper consideration to giving the plants a deep watering. If watering Common lilac in summer, you should try to do it in the morning. A large temperature difference between the water temperature and the root system can stress the roots. You need to avoid watering the bushes when it's too hot outside. Start mulching them during the spring when the ground is not too cold. The age of the plants matter. Lack of water is one of the most common reasons the newly planted ones fail to grow. After they are established, you need to ease off the watering schedule. Reduce watering them during the fall and winter, especially if they have a water-retaining material in the soil. The dry winds in winter can dry them out, and the newly planted ones can be at risk of drought during windy winter, summer, and fall. Windy seasons mean that there's more watering required. The ones planted in the pot tend to dry out faster, so they need more watering. Once you see that they bloom less, the leaves begin to dry up. Potted plants are relatively complex to water and fluctuate in frequency. Always be careful that the pot-planted plant don't sit in the water. Avoid putting them in containers with saucers, bowls, and trays. Too much watering in the fall can make the foliage look mottled or yellowish. It's always a good idea to prevent overwatering them regardless of the current climate or season that you might have. During the months when Common lilac begins to flower, you might want to increase the watering frequency but give it a rest once they are fully grown. Give them an adequate amount of water once every 3 to 5 days but don't give them regular schedules. Make sure the soil is dry by sticking your finger in the pot, or use a moisture meter if you're unsure if it's the right time. Too much root rot can cause them to die, so be careful not to overwater or underwater regardless of the climate or season you have in your area.
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Why is watering my Common lilac important?
Watering the Common lilac helps transport the needed nutrients from the soil to the rest of the plant. The moisture will keep this species healthy if you know how much water to give. The watering requirements will depend on the weather in your area and the plant's soil. The Common lilac thrives on moist soil, but they can't generally tolerate waterlogging. Ensure to provide enough mulch when planted on the ground and never fall into the trap of watering too little. They enjoy a full can of watering where the water should be moist at the base when they are planted in a pot to get the best blooms. If they are grown as foliage, you need to water them up to a depth of 10 to 20 inches so they will continue to grow. If it's raining, refrain from watering and let them get the nutrients they need from the rainwater.
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Attributes of Common lilac

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Perennial
Plant Type
Shrub, Tree
Planting Time
Spring, Early summer, Fall, Early winter
Bloom Time
Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer
Harvest Time
Mid spring, Late spring
Plant Height
6 m to 7 m
Spread
1.8 m to 3.5 m
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
6 mm to 1 cm
Flower Color
Pink
Purple
White
Blue
Red
Violet
Cream
Lavender
Fruit Color
Brown
Copper
Stem Color
Green
Brown
Pink
Blue
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Deciduous
Ideal Temperature
5 - 35 ℃
Growth Season
Spring
Growth Rate
Moderate

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Fragrant panicles of flowers with hues from white to pink and purple, up to 7 inches (18 cm) long.
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Heart-shaped leaves, 2-5 inches (5-12 cm) in length, dark grey-green to blue-green, with visible veins.
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Smooth, flattened fruit capsules, around 3/4 inch (2 cm) wide, splitting into two segments with four seeds each.
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Stout, angled stem with 4-sided shape on newer growth, lustrous brown, reaching lengths of 2 feet (60 cm) or more.
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Light grey-brown bark with raised lenticels, leaf scars, slightly rough texture; distinctive among deciduous shrubs.
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Brown blotch
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Brown blotch
Brown spot is a fungal disease that often affects Common lilac, characterized by distinct dark brown spots on leaves and shoots. This infection leads to defoliation, reducing the plant's vigor and aesthetic value.
Flower withering
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Flower withering
Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Solutions: If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible. For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface. In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well. If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
Caterpillars
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Caterpillars
Caterpillars are fleshy moth or butterfly larvae that come in an array of colors, patterns, and even hairstyles. They chew on leaves and flower petals, creating large, irregular holes.
Solutions: Even though caterpillars are diverse, they all chew on plant parts and can cause significant damage if present in large numbers. For severe cases: Apply insecticide. For an organic solution, spray plants with a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which specifically affects the larval stage of moths and butterflies. Be sure to coat plants, since caterpillars need to ingest Bt for it to be effective. This will not harm other insects. Spray a chili extract. Chili seeds can be cooked in water to make a spicy spray that caterpillars don't like. Spray this mixture on the plants, but be aware it will also be spicy to humans. Introduce beneficial insects. Release beneficial insects to the garden that eat caterpillars, such as parasitic wasps. For less severe cases: Hand pick. Using gloves, pick off caterpillars on plants and dispose of them in a bucket of soapy water. Dust plants with diatomaceous earth. This powder is harmless to humans but irritates caterpillars. Therefore, it will make it difficult for caterpillars to move and eat.
Nutrient deficiencies
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Nutrient deficiencies
A lack of nutrients will cause a widespread yellowing of the leaves. The yellowing may begin at the base or top of the plant.
Solutions: There are several easy ways to remedy the nutrient deficiencies in soils. Use a water-soluble fertilizer. Fertilizers will include most or all of the macro and micro-nutrients the plants need to thrive. Adding some fertilizer to the soil will make those nutrients available and can combat deficiencies. Regularly apply organic fertilizer pellets. Organic fertilizers such as animal manures and bonemeal can supply plants with all the nutrients that they need to grow strong and healthy. Apply compost. Though not as finely tuned as artificial fertilizer, compost can nevertheless be rich in important nutrients and should be applied to the soil regularly. Apply nutrients via foliar application. In addition to supplementing the soil with nutrients, foliar fertilizer can be applied directly to the plant's leaves. Nutrients offered via foliar application are often taken up even quicker than those put in the soil, so the foliar application can be great for swiftly addressing specific deficiencies.
Underwatering yellow
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Underwatering yellow
A lack of water will cause the leaves to gradually turn yellow starting at the base of the branch while the entire plant appears to wilt.
Solutions: Your plant is very thirsty and needs water promptly. You can revive your plant by giving it water. The easiest technique is to slowly pour water into your plant’s soil so that the whole surface is moistened. If you pour the water too quickly, the water will flow directly through rather than diffusing throughout the soil. If your plant’s pot does not have drainage holes, do not give your plant more than about a third of the pot’s volume of water. If your plant’s pot does have drainage holes, you can add water slowly until the soil is thoroughly moistened and the water flows freely through the pot. If you trim off yellow leaves to improve the plant’s appearance, do not remove more than a third of the plant’s leaves. It may be better to wait until leaves have died and fallen off to remove them.
Black spot
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Black spot
Infection by the black spot pathogen causes black spots or patches to appear on leaves.
Solutions: Some steps to take to address black spot include: Prune away any infected leaves, cleaning the pruners between plants with a 10% bleach solution so that the fungus does not spread to healthy leaves. Don't compost pruned plant parts as the spores can linger in the soil for a long period of time - instead, dispose of them in the trash. Use an approved fungicide such as Trifloxystrobin, Chlorothalonil, Maneb, or Myclobutanil. Use a spreader in the fungicide spray to ensure better coverage.
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What is Brown blotch Disease on Common lilac?
What is Brown blotch Disease on Common lilac?
Brown spot is a fungal disease that often affects Common lilac, characterized by distinct dark brown spots on leaves and shoots. This infection leads to defoliation, reducing the plant's vigor and aesthetic value.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The prominent symptoms of Brown spot are dark brown, circular spots on Common lilac leaves and shoots. Over time, these spots merge, leading to yellowing, wilting, and early leaf drop.
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Common lilac?
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Common lilac?
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Brown spot is primarily caused by the fungus Mycosphaerella ligustricola. This fungus thrives in damp, humid conditions and can spread quickly from plant to plant directly or through spores.
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Common lilac?
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Common lilac?
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Pruning infected parts: Remove the visibly infected parts of Common lilac to reduce the spread of Brown spot.

Proper spacing: Ensuring adequate spacing between Common lilac helps improve airflow and reduce the humidity that facilitates fungal growth.
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Fungicide treatment: Applying a broad-spectrum fungicide can control the extent of the fungal infection.
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Flower withering
Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
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Flower withering occurs when flowers become weak, droopy, wilted, or faded until they can’t be revived. During withering, they begin to wrinkle and shrink until the flower becomes completely dry or dead.
Any flowers, regardless of the plant type or the climate they are grown in, are susceptible to withering. It is a worldwide problem across houseplants, herbs, flowering ornamentals, trees, shrubs, garden vegetables, and food crops.
Unlike wilting—which withering is often confused with—withering can be caused by different things and is often due to more than a lack of water. Withering can be fatal in severe cases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Flower withering progresses from very mild cases to severe occurrences that kill the flower. The severity of the symptoms is related to the cause and how long the condition is allowed to progress before action is taken.
  • Wilted, droopy flowers
  • Petals and leaves begin to wrinkle
  • Brown papery streaks or spots appear on the petals and leaf tips
  • Flowerhead shrink in size
  • Petal color fades
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Complete death of the flower
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The main causes of flower withering include natural age progress, lack of water, nutritional deficiencies, and bacterial or fungal diseases. It’s critical to determine the underlying cause when flower withering is noticed. This will guide the best course of action, if treatment is possible.
Check the soil for moisture and then closely examine the entire plant for signs of nutrient deficiencies. If neither of those appears to be the cause then cut open the stem below a flower. If a cross-section reveals brown or rust-colored stains it is safe to assume that this is a bacterial or fungal infection.
If the flower is nearing the end of its normal lifespan, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence, or cell aging and death. Cell division stops and the plant begins breaking down resources within the flower to use in other parts of the plant.
In all other cases, flower withering happens when the plant seals off the stem as a defense mechanism, stopping transport within the vascular system. This prevents further water loss through the flowers but also stops bacteria and fungi from moving to healthy parts of the plant. Once water and nutrient transport stops, the flower begins to wither and ultimately die.
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Caterpillars
Caterpillars are fleshy moth or butterfly larvae that come in an array of colors, patterns, and even hairstyles. They chew on leaves and flower petals, creating large, irregular holes.
Overview
Overview
Caterpillars can cause problems for home gardeners. If not managed, these insects can defoliate a plant in just a matter of days. However, home gardeners face a challenge because these caterpillars eventually turn into beautiful butterflies and moths, which are important for pollination and the general ecosystem.
There are thousands of different species of caterpillars and many will only target certain plants. If caterpillars are posing a problem, they can be removed by hand, or gardeners can use insect-proof netting to protect their valuable plants.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies and moths. During the warmer months, butterflies and moths that visit gardens will lay their eggs on the underside of leaves.
When the tiny eggs hatch, the young larvae emerge and start feeding on the leaves of the plant. Depending on how many larvae have hatched, they can easily defoliate the plant in a very short period of time. Caterpillars will shed their skin as they grow, around 4 or 5 times during this feeding cycle.
Symptoms of caterpillars eating plants appear as holes in the leaves. The edges of the leaves may be eaten away as well, and flowers can be affected as well.
Some are easy to see, but others need to be searched for. This is because their bodies are often camouflaged to look like part of the plant. Gardeners need to look carefully along the stems of the plant as well as under the leaves. Also, look for tiny white, yellow, or brown eggs that can be found in groups on the underside of leaves.
Once the caterpillar is fully grown, it transforms into a pupa or chrysalis. Then, after a period of time that varies according to the species, a butterfly or moth will emerge from the pupa and the cycle begins again.
Solutions
Solutions
Even though caterpillars are diverse, they all chew on plant parts and can cause significant damage if present in large numbers.
For severe cases:
  1. Apply insecticide. For an organic solution, spray plants with a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which specifically affects the larval stage of moths and butterflies. Be sure to coat plants, since caterpillars need to ingest Bt for it to be effective. This will not harm other insects.
  2. Spray a chili extract. Chili seeds can be cooked in water to make a spicy spray that caterpillars don't like. Spray this mixture on the plants, but be aware it will also be spicy to humans.
  3. Introduce beneficial insects. Release beneficial insects to the garden that eat caterpillars, such as parasitic wasps.
For less severe cases:
  1. Hand pick. Using gloves, pick off caterpillars on plants and dispose of them in a bucket of soapy water.
  2. Dust plants with diatomaceous earth. This powder is harmless to humans but irritates caterpillars. Therefore, it will make it difficult for caterpillars to move and eat.
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Nutrient deficiencies
A lack of nutrients will cause a widespread yellowing of the leaves. The yellowing may begin at the base or top of the plant.
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Overview
Nutrient deficiencies can be seen in many different ways on plants. Basically, the lack of nutrients will inhibit plant growth, produce weak stems and leaves, and leave plants open to infection from pests and diseases. Plants use the nutrients from the soil to help them with photosynthesis. This, in turn, produces healthy plant growth. Plants that lack adequate amounts of nutrients will look lackluster and unhealthy. Eventually, if this is not addressed, it will cause the plants to die. The most important nutrients that plants need are nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. Additionally, plants require small amounts of micronutrients such as iron, boron, manganese, zinc, copper, and molybdenum.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
A common sign that plants are experiencing nutrient deficiencies is the yellowing of leaves. This may be an overall yellowing or leaves that are yellow but still have green veins. These leaves will eventually brown off and die.
Another sign is the loss of plant vigor. The plants may not be growing as well as they should or their growth may be stunted.
Below are some common symptoms that appear when plants are lacking in nutrients.
Nitrogen (N): Inner, older leaves yellow first. If the deficiency is severe, yellowing progresses outward to newer growth.
Potassium (K): Leaf edges may turn brown and crinkly, with a yellowing layer forming just inside of the edge. Older leaves tend to be impacted first.
Phosphorus (P): Lack of vigorous growth. Plants will appear stunted.
Zinc (Zn): Yellowing tends to occur first at the base of the leaf.
Copper (Cu): Newer leaves begin to yellow first, with older leaves yellowing only if the deficiency becomes severe.
Boron (B): Newer leaves are impacted first. Foliage may also become particularly brittle in cases of boron deficiency.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
There are several factors that can lead to nutrient deficiencies, a situation where plants are not receiving the nutrients that they need. This could be because they are planted in nutrient-deficient soils, or that the soil's pH is too high or low. Incorrect soil pH can lock up certain nutrients, thus making them unavailable to plants. Lack of soil moisture can also be a problem, because plants need water to be able to absorb the nutrients from the soil.
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Underwatering yellow
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Underwatering yellow
A lack of water will cause the leaves to gradually turn yellow starting at the base of the branch while the entire plant appears to wilt.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Your plant’s leaves are turning yellow due to underwatering, the oldest leaves turn yellow first. Leaves yellow from the edges towards the middle. Other signs of underwatering include the soil feeling very dry or pulling away from the edge of its pot.
Solutions
Solutions
Your plant is very thirsty and needs water promptly.
  1. You can revive your plant by giving it water. The easiest technique is to slowly pour water into your plant’s soil so that the whole surface is moistened. If you pour the water too quickly, the water will flow directly through rather than diffusing throughout the soil. If your plant’s pot does not have drainage holes, do not give your plant more than about a third of the pot’s volume of water. If your plant’s pot does have drainage holes, you can add water slowly until the soil is thoroughly moistened and the water flows freely through the pot.
  2. If you trim off yellow leaves to improve the plant’s appearance, do not remove more than a third of the plant’s leaves. It may be better to wait until leaves have died and fallen off to remove them.
Prevention
Prevention
  1. When you get a new plant, research its specific watering needs. Set reminders so that you remember to water your plants consistently. Not all plants are the same, so make sure to differentiate all of your plants in your watering schedule.
  2. You may wish to purchase a commercial soil water meter which has a long probe that you place near your plant’s roots. Be sure to check it frequently and water your plant when the soil water meter indicates that it needs watering.
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Black spot
Infection by the black spot pathogen causes black spots or patches to appear on leaves.
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Black spot is a fungus that largely attacks leaves on a variety of ornamental plants, leaving them covered in dark spots ringed with yellow, and eventually killing them. The fungus is often simply unsightly, but if it infects the whole plant it can interfere with photosynthesis by killing too many leaves. Because of this, it is important to be aware of the best methods for preventing and treating this diseases should it occur in the garden.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Here are a few of the most common symptoms of black spot:
  • The plant has developed small black spots along the leaves.
  • These spots be small, circular, and clustered together, or they may have a splotchy appearance and take up large portions of the leaves.
  • The fungus may also affect plant canes, where lesions start purple and then turn black.
  • The plant may suffer premature leaf drop.
Though most forms of black spot fungus pose little risk to a plant's overall health, many gardeners find them unsightly. Severe cases can also weaken a plant, so it becomes more susceptible to other pathogens and diseases.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Black spot is spread by various types of fungi, which differ slightly depending on whether they are in their sexual or asexual stages.
The fungal spores linger over the winter in fallen leaves and lesions on canes. In the spring, the spores are splashed up onto the leaves, causing infection within seven hours of moisture and when temperatures range between 24 to 29 ℃ with a high relative humidity.
In just two weeks, thousands of additional spores are produced, making it easy for the disease to infect nearby healthy plants as well.
There are several factors that could make a plant more likely to suffer a black spot infection. Here are some of the most common:
  • Exposure to infected plants or mulch (the fungus overwinters on dead leaves)
  • Weakening from physical damage, pest infestation or other infections.
  • Increased periods of wet, humid, warm weather – or exposure to overhead watering
  • Plants growing too close together
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Distribution of Common lilac

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Habitat of Common lilac

Scrub on rocky hill slopes, hedges, thickets, shrubberies
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Water
Every 1-2 weeks
Common lilac hails from southeastern Europe and open areas in the Balkan Peninsula. It is adapted to a continental climate characterized by hot summers and cold winters. In its natural environment, common lilac typically receives an average annual rainfall of around 500-750 mm. As such, it prefers well-drained soil that retains moisture but does not become overly saturated. Providing regular watering to common lilac is essential, aiming to keep the soil consistently moist without allowing it to become waterlogged.
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Lighting
Full sun
Common lilac thrives under robust exposure to sunlight, yet tolerates some shade. The plant's healthiest growth shows in locations awash with light for the majority of the day. Its origin habitat favors such luminous environments. Extreme exposure can cause leaf scorching, while too much shade can impair blooming.
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Transplant
5-15 feet
The best time to transplant common lilac is between late spring and mid-summer, when the plant is actively growing. Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil, and gently loosen the surrounding soil when transplanting.
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Temperature
-20 - 38 ℃
Common lilac is a temperate woody plant that prefers a temperature range of 41 to 95 ℉ (5 to 35 ℃) for optimal growth. It is native to temperate regions and can handle cold temperatures in winter, but may struggle in hot climates. To adjust to seasonal changes, ensure adequate moisture and partial shade during hot summers.
Temp for Healthy Growth
Pruning
Late spring, Early summer
This deciduous shrub, famous for its fragrant purple blossoms, thrives with post-bloom pruning. Cut back spent flower clusters to encourage robust growth and new buds in common lilac. It's best pruned immediately after its flowers fade in late spring to early summer, avoiding cutting into current season's growth which could reduce next year's blooms. Thinning out older stems improves air circulation, enhancing common lilac's overall health and vigor.
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Propagation
Autumn,Winter
Common lilac propagates best through cutting and layering during autumn and winter. Moderate propagation difficulty, with success indicated by new leaf growth. Ensure sufficient root development before transplanting.
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Brown blotch
Brown spot is a fungal disease that often affects Common lilac, characterized by distinct dark brown spots on leaves and shoots. This infection leads to defoliation, reducing the plant's vigor and aesthetic value.
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Wilting
Wilting, a pervasive disease affecting Common lilac, perturbs the plant’s overall health, leading to withered leaves and weak stems. Primarily caused by water stress and bacterial infections, it may result in dire consequences if not promptly managed.
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Caterpillars
Common lilac may get severely affected by a non-infectious pest problem, caterpillar infestation. Caterpillars mostly feed on the foliage, and may cause defoliation which hampers the plant's health and aesthetics.
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Leaf rot
Leaf Rot is a common disease that affects Common lilac. Caused primarily by fungal pathogens, it causes the plant's leaves to discolor, wilt, and eventually rot. If left untreated, it can lead to the death of the plant.
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Yellow edges
Yellow Edges is a plant disease that results in discoloration and weakening of the Common lilac. The disease affects the edges of leaves making them turn yellow and may lead to premature leaf drop.
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Powdery mildew
Powdery mildew is a common fungal disease affecting Common lilac and causing a whitish powdery deposit over the plant's surface. It inhibits photosynthesis, stunts growth, and may result in premature leaf fall, affecting the plant's vigor and blossom quality.
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Leaf drooping
Leaf drooping in Common lilac is a condition, not a disease, triggered by environmental stress or poor care. It results in the sagging or willowy appearance of leaves, affecting the plant's overall health and aesthetic value.
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Black mold
Black mold affects Common lilac by causing leaf discoloration, defoliation, and general health decline. The disease is more prevalent in humid conditions and can substantially impact the aesthetic and health of Common lilac.
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Scale insect
Scale insects are pests that can significantly affect the growth and health of Common lilac, leading to stunted growth and leaf yellowing. They feed on sap, weakening the plant over time.
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Whole plant withering
Whole plant withering is a condition leading to the widespread decline of Common lilac, characterized by wilting, browning, and eventual death.
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Dark spots
Dark spots is a common disease affecting Common lilac caused mostly by fungi. It can lead to defoliation, loss of vitality, and sometimes death of the plant. The dark spots on the leaves are usually the first sign, followed by wilting and dropping of leaves.
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Leaf tip withering
Leaf tip withering on Common lilac results from environmental stressors or pathogens, leading to browning and dying off of leaf tips, impacting plant health and aesthetics.
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Non-base branch withering
Non-base branch withering is a disease affecting Common lilac, leading to premature leaf drop, branch dieback, and overall weakened plant health. This disease can severely impair bloom quality and reduce the aesthetic value of Common lilac.
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Interveinal yellowing
Interveinal yellowing in Common lilac is a condition where leaves yellow between the veins, which can lead to reduced vigor and impaired photosynthesis. It affects growth and overall plant health.
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Dark blotch
Dark blotch is a fungal disease affecting Common lilac, causing discoloration and premature wilting of leaves. This invasive disease can lead to significant loss of aesthetic value, reducing the plant's overall health and vigor.
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Branch withering
Branch withering is a disease that specifically affects Common lilac, causing premature leaf drop, branch death, and significant decline in vigor. Early detection and appropriate response are crucial for managing its spread and impact.
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Stem blackening
Stem blackening in Common lilac primarily manifests as dark discoloration and weakening of stems. This disease impacts the plant's growth and aesthetic value by causing premature leaf drop and reduced flowering.
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Scars
Scars on Common lilac are primarily caused by mechanical damage or pest activities, leading to aesthetic and potentially physiological impacts. These superficial blemishes can weaken the plant, making it susceptible to other stress factors.
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Leaf wilting
Leaf wilting on Common lilac is a devastating disease that causes drooping and discoloration of foliage, ultimately leading to leaf death if untreated. It is caused by a variety of factors, significantly affecting the plant's health and aesthetic appeal, and prevents optimal bloom production.
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Aphid
Aphids, small sap-sucking insects, severely affect Common lilac, leading to stunted growth and distorted leaves. Management includes careful monitoring and both chemical and non-chemical controls.
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Leaf yellowing
Leaf yellowing in Common lilac is characterized by discoloration and premature leaf drop, affecting growth and bloom quality. This condition, common in various climates, potentially threatens plant vitality if not managed properly.
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Leaf blotch
Leaf blotch is a fungal disease that predominantly affects Common lilac, causing discoloration and premature defoliation. This disease can severely affect the aesthetic value and photosynthetic capacity of plants if not managed properly.
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Flower rot
Flower rot is a severe disease affecting Common lilac, leading to decay and eventual death. It is caused by fungal pathogens and environmental conditions, characterized by brown lesions, wilting, and rotten smell, mostly active during wet weather conditions.
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Flower wilting
Flower wilting is a deleterious condition impacting Common lilac, often resulting in the loss of floral and foliage vitality. This disease drastically affects plant health, potentially leading to the decline or even death of the plant if untreated.
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Leaf white mold
Leaf white mold is a fungal infection affecting Common lilac, causing significant damage to leaves and overall health. Major symptoms include leaf wilting, discoloration, and mold formation. The disease impacts aesthetics and plant vigour, posing severe challenges for growers and garden enthusiasts.
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Mealybug
Mealybug infestation in Common lilac primarily results in stunted growth, leaf discoloration, and a decline in overall health. These pests are sap-sucking insects that thrive in warm, moist environments, affecting both indoor and outdoor plants.
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Notch
Notch disease adversely affects Common lilac, primarily causing defoliation and reduced bloom quality. This fungal ailment compromises the aesthetic and health of the plant, leading to significant foliage damage if unmanaged.
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Spots
Spots is a disease affecting Common lilac, characterized by yellowish, then brown spots on leaves. These spots will eventually cause the leaves to decline and fall prematurely, which can significantly impact the plant's overall health and longevity.
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Underwatering dry
Underwatering is a stress condition suffered when Common lilac does not receive adequate water. It leads to inhibited growth, wilted or dried-out leaves, and decreased blooming. Unlike diseases caused by pathogens, it's a cultivation issue and completely reversible with proper care.
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Whole leaf withering
Whole leaf withering in Common lilac is a progressive disease causing leaf dehydration, discoloration, and eventual decay.
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Wounds
Wounds on Common lilac generally result from mechanical injury or adverse climatic conditions. They can weaken the plant, make it more susceptible to diseases and pests, and reduce its aesthetic value by causing disfiguration.
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Flower withering
Flower withering is a critical disease affecting Common lilac, causing weakening, browning, wilting, and eventual death of flowers. This disease could potentially affect the plant's aesthetic, reduce its pollen production, and impair pollination processes.
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Feng shui direction
South
Common lilac is considered modestly auspicious in Feng Shui, associated with rebirth and transformation. Placing it in a South-facing direction invites the Wood Element's vibrant energy, potentially harmonizing relationships and fostering positive growth. Its compatibility largely depends on individual preferences and specific spatial arrangements.
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Attributes of Common lilac

Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Shrub, Tree
Planting Time
Spring, Early summer, Fall, Early winter
Bloom Time
Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer
Harvest Time
Mid spring, Late spring
Plant Height
6 m to 7 m
Spread
1.8 m to 3.5 m
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
6 mm to 1 cm
Flower Color
Pink
Purple
White
Blue
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Violet
Cream
Lavender
Fruit Color
Brown
Copper
Stem Color
Green
Brown
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Blue
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
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Deciduous
Ideal Temperature
5 - 35 ℃
Growth Season
Spring
Growth Rate
Moderate
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Fragrant panicles of flowers with hues from white to pink and purple, up to 7 inches (18 cm) long.
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Heart-shaped leaves, 2-5 inches (5-12 cm) in length, dark grey-green to blue-green, with visible veins.
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Smooth, flattened fruit capsules, around 3/4 inch (2 cm) wide, splitting into two segments with four seeds each.
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Stout, angled stem with 4-sided shape on newer growth, lustrous brown, reaching lengths of 2 feet (60 cm) or more.
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Light grey-brown bark with raised lenticels, leaf scars, slightly rough texture; distinctive among deciduous shrubs.
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Brown blotch
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Brown spot is a fungal disease that often affects Common lilac, characterized by distinct dark brown spots on leaves and shoots. This infection leads to defoliation, reducing the plant's vigor and aesthetic value.
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Flower withering
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Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
Solutions: If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible. For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface. In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well. If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
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Caterpillars
Caterpillars Caterpillars Caterpillars
Caterpillars are fleshy moth or butterfly larvae that come in an array of colors, patterns, and even hairstyles. They chew on leaves and flower petals, creating large, irregular holes.
Solutions: Even though caterpillars are diverse, they all chew on plant parts and can cause significant damage if present in large numbers. For severe cases: Apply insecticide. For an organic solution, spray plants with a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which specifically affects the larval stage of moths and butterflies. Be sure to coat plants, since caterpillars need to ingest Bt for it to be effective. This will not harm other insects. Spray a chili extract. Chili seeds can be cooked in water to make a spicy spray that caterpillars don't like. Spray this mixture on the plants, but be aware it will also be spicy to humans. Introduce beneficial insects. Release beneficial insects to the garden that eat caterpillars, such as parasitic wasps. For less severe cases: Hand pick. Using gloves, pick off caterpillars on plants and dispose of them in a bucket of soapy water. Dust plants with diatomaceous earth. This powder is harmless to humans but irritates caterpillars. Therefore, it will make it difficult for caterpillars to move and eat.
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Nutrient deficiencies
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A lack of nutrients will cause a widespread yellowing of the leaves. The yellowing may begin at the base or top of the plant.
Solutions: There are several easy ways to remedy the nutrient deficiencies in soils. Use a water-soluble fertilizer. Fertilizers will include most or all of the macro and micro-nutrients the plants need to thrive. Adding some fertilizer to the soil will make those nutrients available and can combat deficiencies. Regularly apply organic fertilizer pellets. Organic fertilizers such as animal manures and bonemeal can supply plants with all the nutrients that they need to grow strong and healthy. Apply compost. Though not as finely tuned as artificial fertilizer, compost can nevertheless be rich in important nutrients and should be applied to the soil regularly. Apply nutrients via foliar application. In addition to supplementing the soil with nutrients, foliar fertilizer can be applied directly to the plant's leaves. Nutrients offered via foliar application are often taken up even quicker than those put in the soil, so the foliar application can be great for swiftly addressing specific deficiencies.
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Underwatering yellow
Underwatering yellow Underwatering yellow Underwatering yellow
A lack of water will cause the leaves to gradually turn yellow starting at the base of the branch while the entire plant appears to wilt.
Solutions: Your plant is very thirsty and needs water promptly. You can revive your plant by giving it water. The easiest technique is to slowly pour water into your plant’s soil so that the whole surface is moistened. If you pour the water too quickly, the water will flow directly through rather than diffusing throughout the soil. If your plant’s pot does not have drainage holes, do not give your plant more than about a third of the pot’s volume of water. If your plant’s pot does have drainage holes, you can add water slowly until the soil is thoroughly moistened and the water flows freely through the pot. If you trim off yellow leaves to improve the plant’s appearance, do not remove more than a third of the plant’s leaves. It may be better to wait until leaves have died and fallen off to remove them.
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Black spot
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Infection by the black spot pathogen causes black spots or patches to appear on leaves.
Solutions: Some steps to take to address black spot include: Prune away any infected leaves, cleaning the pruners between plants with a 10% bleach solution so that the fungus does not spread to healthy leaves. Don't compost pruned plant parts as the spores can linger in the soil for a long period of time - instead, dispose of them in the trash. Use an approved fungicide such as Trifloxystrobin, Chlorothalonil, Maneb, or Myclobutanil. Use a spreader in the fungicide spray to ensure better coverage.
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What is Brown blotch Disease on Common lilac?
What is Brown blotch Disease on Common lilac?
Brown spot is a fungal disease that often affects Common lilac, characterized by distinct dark brown spots on leaves and shoots. This infection leads to defoliation, reducing the plant's vigor and aesthetic value.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The prominent symptoms of Brown spot are dark brown, circular spots on Common lilac leaves and shoots. Over time, these spots merge, leading to yellowing, wilting, and early leaf drop.
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Common lilac?
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Common lilac?
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Brown spot is primarily caused by the fungus Mycosphaerella ligustricola. This fungus thrives in damp, humid conditions and can spread quickly from plant to plant directly or through spores.
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Common lilac?
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Common lilac?
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Pruning infected parts: Remove the visibly infected parts of Common lilac to reduce the spread of Brown spot.

Proper spacing: Ensuring adequate spacing between Common lilac helps improve airflow and reduce the humidity that facilitates fungal growth.
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Fungicide treatment: Applying a broad-spectrum fungicide can control the extent of the fungal infection.
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Flower withering
Flowers may dry out due to a sudden change in environment or because the plant has completed its normal flowering period.
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Flower withering occurs when flowers become weak, droopy, wilted, or faded until they can’t be revived. During withering, they begin to wrinkle and shrink until the flower becomes completely dry or dead.
Any flowers, regardless of the plant type or the climate they are grown in, are susceptible to withering. It is a worldwide problem across houseplants, herbs, flowering ornamentals, trees, shrubs, garden vegetables, and food crops.
Unlike wilting—which withering is often confused with—withering can be caused by different things and is often due to more than a lack of water. Withering can be fatal in severe cases.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Flower withering progresses from very mild cases to severe occurrences that kill the flower. The severity of the symptoms is related to the cause and how long the condition is allowed to progress before action is taken.
  • Wilted, droopy flowers
  • Petals and leaves begin to wrinkle
  • Brown papery streaks or spots appear on the petals and leaf tips
  • Flowerhead shrink in size
  • Petal color fades
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Complete death of the flower
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The main causes of flower withering include natural age progress, lack of water, nutritional deficiencies, and bacterial or fungal diseases. It’s critical to determine the underlying cause when flower withering is noticed. This will guide the best course of action, if treatment is possible.
Check the soil for moisture and then closely examine the entire plant for signs of nutrient deficiencies. If neither of those appears to be the cause then cut open the stem below a flower. If a cross-section reveals brown or rust-colored stains it is safe to assume that this is a bacterial or fungal infection.
If the flower is nearing the end of its normal lifespan, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence, or cell aging and death. Cell division stops and the plant begins breaking down resources within the flower to use in other parts of the plant.
In all other cases, flower withering happens when the plant seals off the stem as a defense mechanism, stopping transport within the vascular system. This prevents further water loss through the flowers but also stops bacteria and fungi from moving to healthy parts of the plant. Once water and nutrient transport stops, the flower begins to wither and ultimately die.
Solutions
Solutions
If flower withering is a natural progression due to age, there is nothing that can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
For lack of water, immediately water the plant using room temperature rainwater, bottled spring water, or filtered tap water. Water container plants until excess water drains out the bottom; water in-ground plants until the soil is soaked but there isn’t standing water on the surface.
In the event of nutritional deficiencies, the best solution is to use a granular or water-soluble liquid fertilizer, and apply it to the soil at about half the recommended dosage. Keep it off the leaves and make sure granular products are watered into the soil well.
If the plant is infected with a bacterial or fungal pathogen, there is no course of treatment that cures the diseased plants. The best solution is to remove the infected plants and dispose of the plant material off-site. Do not put in a compost pile.
Prevention
Prevention
This is definitely one of those instances where prevention is more effective than cure. Here are some preventative measures for avoiding premature flower withering.
  • Water plants according to their needs -- either keep the soil slightly moist or allow the top inch or two to dry out before watering again.
  • Fertilize lightly on a consistent basis, depending upon the plant’s growth. Quick-growing plants and those that flower or develop fruit will need more frequent fertilizing than slow-growing plants.
  • Purchase plants that are certified disease- or pathogen-free.
  • Look for disease-resistant cultivars.
  • Isolate plants showing disease symptoms to prevent the spread to neighboring plants.
  • Practice good plant hygiene by removing any fallen plant material as soon as possible.
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Caterpillars
Caterpillars are fleshy moth or butterfly larvae that come in an array of colors, patterns, and even hairstyles. They chew on leaves and flower petals, creating large, irregular holes.
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Overview
Caterpillars can cause problems for home gardeners. If not managed, these insects can defoliate a plant in just a matter of days. However, home gardeners face a challenge because these caterpillars eventually turn into beautiful butterflies and moths, which are important for pollination and the general ecosystem.
There are thousands of different species of caterpillars and many will only target certain plants. If caterpillars are posing a problem, they can be removed by hand, or gardeners can use insect-proof netting to protect their valuable plants.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies and moths. During the warmer months, butterflies and moths that visit gardens will lay their eggs on the underside of leaves.
When the tiny eggs hatch, the young larvae emerge and start feeding on the leaves of the plant. Depending on how many larvae have hatched, they can easily defoliate the plant in a very short period of time. Caterpillars will shed their skin as they grow, around 4 or 5 times during this feeding cycle.
Symptoms of caterpillars eating plants appear as holes in the leaves. The edges of the leaves may be eaten away as well, and flowers can be affected as well.
Some are easy to see, but others need to be searched for. This is because their bodies are often camouflaged to look like part of the plant. Gardeners need to look carefully along the stems of the plant as well as under the leaves. Also, look for tiny white, yellow, or brown eggs that can be found in groups on the underside of leaves.
Once the caterpillar is fully grown, it transforms into a pupa or chrysalis. Then, after a period of time that varies according to the species, a butterfly or moth will emerge from the pupa and the cycle begins again.
Solutions
Solutions
Even though caterpillars are diverse, they all chew on plant parts and can cause significant damage if present in large numbers.
For severe cases:
  1. Apply insecticide. For an organic solution, spray plants with a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which specifically affects the larval stage of moths and butterflies. Be sure to coat plants, since caterpillars need to ingest Bt for it to be effective. This will not harm other insects.
  2. Spray a chili extract. Chili seeds can be cooked in water to make a spicy spray that caterpillars don't like. Spray this mixture on the plants, but be aware it will also be spicy to humans.
  3. Introduce beneficial insects. Release beneficial insects to the garden that eat caterpillars, such as parasitic wasps.
For less severe cases:
  1. Hand pick. Using gloves, pick off caterpillars on plants and dispose of them in a bucket of soapy water.
  2. Dust plants with diatomaceous earth. This powder is harmless to humans but irritates caterpillars. Therefore, it will make it difficult for caterpillars to move and eat.
Prevention
Prevention
Prevention may require less effort than attempts to eradicate infestations that have already begun. Here are our top steps for prevention:
  1. Monitor plants. Check plants regularly for caterpillar eggs on leaves. If they do not belong to an endangered species, they should be squished.
  2. Use insect netting. Cover plants with insect netting to prevent butterflies and moths from laying eggs on plants.
  3. Apply diatomaceous earth. Apply DE to plants early in the season and reapply after rain.
  4. Encourage plant diversity. This will attract predatory insects including parasitic wasps.
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Nutrient deficiencies
A lack of nutrients will cause a widespread yellowing of the leaves. The yellowing may begin at the base or top of the plant.
Overview
Overview
Nutrient deficiencies can be seen in many different ways on plants. Basically, the lack of nutrients will inhibit plant growth, produce weak stems and leaves, and leave plants open to infection from pests and diseases. Plants use the nutrients from the soil to help them with photosynthesis. This, in turn, produces healthy plant growth. Plants that lack adequate amounts of nutrients will look lackluster and unhealthy. Eventually, if this is not addressed, it will cause the plants to die. The most important nutrients that plants need are nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. Additionally, plants require small amounts of micronutrients such as iron, boron, manganese, zinc, copper, and molybdenum.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
A common sign that plants are experiencing nutrient deficiencies is the yellowing of leaves. This may be an overall yellowing or leaves that are yellow but still have green veins. These leaves will eventually brown off and die.
Another sign is the loss of plant vigor. The plants may not be growing as well as they should or their growth may be stunted.
Below are some common symptoms that appear when plants are lacking in nutrients.
Nitrogen (N): Inner, older leaves yellow first. If the deficiency is severe, yellowing progresses outward to newer growth.
Potassium (K): Leaf edges may turn brown and crinkly, with a yellowing layer forming just inside of the edge. Older leaves tend to be impacted first.
Phosphorus (P): Lack of vigorous growth. Plants will appear stunted.
Zinc (Zn): Yellowing tends to occur first at the base of the leaf.
Copper (Cu): Newer leaves begin to yellow first, with older leaves yellowing only if the deficiency becomes severe.
Boron (B): Newer leaves are impacted first. Foliage may also become particularly brittle in cases of boron deficiency.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
There are several factors that can lead to nutrient deficiencies, a situation where plants are not receiving the nutrients that they need. This could be because they are planted in nutrient-deficient soils, or that the soil's pH is too high or low. Incorrect soil pH can lock up certain nutrients, thus making them unavailable to plants. Lack of soil moisture can also be a problem, because plants need water to be able to absorb the nutrients from the soil.
Solutions
Solutions
There are several easy ways to remedy the nutrient deficiencies in soils.
  1. Use a water-soluble fertilizer. Fertilizers will include most or all of the macro and micro-nutrients the plants need to thrive. Adding some fertilizer to the soil will make those nutrients available and can combat deficiencies.
  2. Regularly apply organic fertilizer pellets. Organic fertilizers such as animal manures and bonemeal can supply plants with all the nutrients that they need to grow strong and healthy.
  3. Apply compost. Though not as finely tuned as artificial fertilizer, compost can nevertheless be rich in important nutrients and should be applied to the soil regularly.
  4. Apply nutrients via foliar application. In addition to supplementing the soil with nutrients, foliar fertilizer can be applied directly to the plant's leaves. Nutrients offered via foliar application are often taken up even quicker than those put in the soil, so the foliar application can be great for swiftly addressing specific deficiencies.
Prevention
Prevention
There are several easy ways to prevent nutrient deficiencies in plants.
  1. Regular fertilizing. Regular addition of fertilizer to the soil is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent deficiencies.
  2. Proper watering. Both over and under watering can adversely impact a plant's roots, which in turn makes it harder for them to properly take up nutrients.
  3. Testing the soil's pH. A soil's acidity or alkalinity will impact the degree to which certain nutrients are available to be taken up by plants. Knowing the soil's pH means it can be amended to suit the needs of the individual plants.
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Underwatering yellow
A lack of water will cause the leaves to gradually turn yellow starting at the base of the branch while the entire plant appears to wilt.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Your plant’s leaves are turning yellow due to underwatering, the oldest leaves turn yellow first. Leaves yellow from the edges towards the middle. Other signs of underwatering include the soil feeling very dry or pulling away from the edge of its pot.
Solutions
Solutions
Your plant is very thirsty and needs water promptly.
  1. You can revive your plant by giving it water. The easiest technique is to slowly pour water into your plant’s soil so that the whole surface is moistened. If you pour the water too quickly, the water will flow directly through rather than diffusing throughout the soil. If your plant’s pot does not have drainage holes, do not give your plant more than about a third of the pot’s volume of water. If your plant’s pot does have drainage holes, you can add water slowly until the soil is thoroughly moistened and the water flows freely through the pot.
  2. If you trim off yellow leaves to improve the plant’s appearance, do not remove more than a third of the plant’s leaves. It may be better to wait until leaves have died and fallen off to remove them.
Prevention
Prevention
  1. When you get a new plant, research its specific watering needs. Set reminders so that you remember to water your plants consistently. Not all plants are the same, so make sure to differentiate all of your plants in your watering schedule.
  2. You may wish to purchase a commercial soil water meter which has a long probe that you place near your plant’s roots. Be sure to check it frequently and water your plant when the soil water meter indicates that it needs watering.
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Black spot
Infection by the black spot pathogen causes black spots or patches to appear on leaves.
Overview
Overview
Black spot is a fungus that largely attacks leaves on a variety of ornamental plants, leaving them covered in dark spots ringed with yellow, and eventually killing them. The fungus is often simply unsightly, but if it infects the whole plant it can interfere with photosynthesis by killing too many leaves. Because of this, it is important to be aware of the best methods for preventing and treating this diseases should it occur in the garden.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Here are a few of the most common symptoms of black spot:
  • The plant has developed small black spots along the leaves.
  • These spots be small, circular, and clustered together, or they may have a splotchy appearance and take up large portions of the leaves.
  • The fungus may also affect plant canes, where lesions start purple and then turn black.
  • The plant may suffer premature leaf drop.
Though most forms of black spot fungus pose little risk to a plant's overall health, many gardeners find them unsightly. Severe cases can also weaken a plant, so it becomes more susceptible to other pathogens and diseases.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Black spot is spread by various types of fungi, which differ slightly depending on whether they are in their sexual or asexual stages.
The fungal spores linger over the winter in fallen leaves and lesions on canes. In the spring, the spores are splashed up onto the leaves, causing infection within seven hours of moisture and when temperatures range between 24 to 29 ℃ with a high relative humidity.
In just two weeks, thousands of additional spores are produced, making it easy for the disease to infect nearby healthy plants as well.
There are several factors that could make a plant more likely to suffer a black spot infection. Here are some of the most common:
  • Exposure to infected plants or mulch (the fungus overwinters on dead leaves)
  • Weakening from physical damage, pest infestation or other infections.
  • Increased periods of wet, humid, warm weather – or exposure to overhead watering
  • Plants growing too close together
Solutions
Solutions
Some steps to take to address black spot include:
  • Prune away any infected leaves, cleaning the pruners between plants with a 10% bleach solution so that the fungus does not spread to healthy leaves.
  • Don't compost pruned plant parts as the spores can linger in the soil for a long period of time - instead, dispose of them in the trash.
  • Use an approved fungicide such as Trifloxystrobin, Chlorothalonil, Maneb, or Myclobutanil.
  • Use a spreader in the fungicide spray to ensure better coverage.
Prevention
Prevention
Here are a few tips to prevent black spot outbreaks.
  • Purchase resistant varieties: Invest in fungus-resistant plant varieties to reduce the chances for black spot diseases.
  • Remove infected plant debris: Fungi can overwinter in contaminated plant debris, so remove all fallen leaves from infected plants as soon as possible.
  • Rake and discard fallen leaves in the fall.
  • Prune regularly.
  • Water carefully: Fungal diseases spread when plants stay in moist conditions and when water droplets splash contaminated soil on plant leaves. Control these factors by only watering infected plants when the top few inches of soil are dry, and by watering at soil level to reduce splashback. Adding a layer of mulch to the soil will also reduce splashing.
  • Grow plants in an open, sunny locations so the foliage dries quickly.
  • Follow spacing guidelines when planting and avoid natural windbreaks for good air circulation.
  • Use chemical control: Regular doses of a fungicide, especially in the spring, can stop an outbreak before it begins.
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Distribution of Common lilac

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Habitat of Common lilac

Scrub on rocky hill slopes, hedges, thickets, shrubberies
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Common Pests & Diseases
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Brown blotch
Brown blotch
Brown spot is a fungal disease that often affects Common lilac, characterized by distinct dark brown spots on leaves and shoots. This infection leads to defoliation, reducing the plant's vigor and aesthetic value.
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Wilting
Wilting
Wilting, a pervasive disease affecting Common lilac, perturbs the plant’s overall health, leading to withered leaves and weak stems. Primarily caused by water stress and bacterial infections, it may result in dire consequences if not promptly managed.
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Caterpillars
Caterpillars
Common lilac may get severely affected by a non-infectious pest problem, caterpillar infestation. Caterpillars mostly feed on the foliage, and may cause defoliation which hampers the plant's health and aesthetics.
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Leaf rot
Leaf rot
Leaf Rot is a common disease that affects Common lilac. Caused primarily by fungal pathogens, it causes the plant's leaves to discolor, wilt, and eventually rot. If left untreated, it can lead to the death of the plant.
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Yellow edges
Yellow Edges is a plant disease that results in discoloration and weakening of the Common lilac. The disease affects the edges of leaves making them turn yellow and may lead to premature leaf drop.
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Powdery mildew
Powdery mildew is a common fungal disease affecting Common lilac and causing a whitish powdery deposit over the plant's surface. It inhibits photosynthesis, stunts growth, and may result in premature leaf fall, affecting the plant's vigor and blossom quality.
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Leaf drooping
Leaf drooping in Common lilac is a condition, not a disease, triggered by environmental stress or poor care. It results in the sagging or willowy appearance of leaves, affecting the plant's overall health and aesthetic value.
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Black mold
Black mold affects Common lilac by causing leaf discoloration, defoliation, and general health decline. The disease is more prevalent in humid conditions and can substantially impact the aesthetic and health of Common lilac.
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Scale insect
Scale insects are pests that can significantly affect the growth and health of Common lilac, leading to stunted growth and leaf yellowing. They feed on sap, weakening the plant over time.
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Whole plant withering
Whole plant withering is a condition leading to the widespread decline of Common lilac, characterized by wilting, browning, and eventual death.
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Dark spots
Dark spots is a common disease affecting Common lilac caused mostly by fungi. It can lead to defoliation, loss of vitality, and sometimes death of the plant. The dark spots on the leaves are usually the first sign, followed by wilting and dropping of leaves.
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Leaf tip withering
Leaf tip withering on Common lilac results from environmental stressors or pathogens, leading to browning and dying off of leaf tips, impacting plant health and aesthetics.
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Non-base branch withering
Non-base branch withering is a disease affecting Common lilac, leading to premature leaf drop, branch dieback, and overall weakened plant health. This disease can severely impair bloom quality and reduce the aesthetic value of Common lilac.
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Interveinal yellowing
Interveinal yellowing in Common lilac is a condition where leaves yellow between the veins, which can lead to reduced vigor and impaired photosynthesis. It affects growth and overall plant health.
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Dark blotch
Dark blotch is a fungal disease affecting Common lilac, causing discoloration and premature wilting of leaves. This invasive disease can lead to significant loss of aesthetic value, reducing the plant's overall health and vigor.
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Branch withering
Branch withering is a disease that specifically affects Common lilac, causing premature leaf drop, branch death, and significant decline in vigor. Early detection and appropriate response are crucial for managing its spread and impact.
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Stem blackening
Stem blackening in Common lilac primarily manifests as dark discoloration and weakening of stems. This disease impacts the plant's growth and aesthetic value by causing premature leaf drop and reduced flowering.
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Scars
Scars on Common lilac are primarily caused by mechanical damage or pest activities, leading to aesthetic and potentially physiological impacts. These superficial blemishes can weaken the plant, making it susceptible to other stress factors.
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Leaf wilting
Leaf wilting on Common lilac is a devastating disease that causes drooping and discoloration of foliage, ultimately leading to leaf death if untreated. It is caused by a variety of factors, significantly affecting the plant's health and aesthetic appeal, and prevents optimal bloom production.
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Aphid
Aphids, small sap-sucking insects, severely affect Common lilac, leading to stunted growth and distorted leaves. Management includes careful monitoring and both chemical and non-chemical controls.
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Leaf yellowing
Leaf yellowing in Common lilac is characterized by discoloration and premature leaf drop, affecting growth and bloom quality. This condition, common in various climates, potentially threatens plant vitality if not managed properly.
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Leaf blotch
Leaf blotch is a fungal disease that predominantly affects Common lilac, causing discoloration and premature defoliation. This disease can severely affect the aesthetic value and photosynthetic capacity of plants if not managed properly.
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Flower rot
Flower rot is a severe disease affecting Common lilac, leading to decay and eventual death. It is caused by fungal pathogens and environmental conditions, characterized by brown lesions, wilting, and rotten smell, mostly active during wet weather conditions.
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Flower wilting
Flower wilting is a deleterious condition impacting Common lilac, often resulting in the loss of floral and foliage vitality. This disease drastically affects plant health, potentially leading to the decline or even death of the plant if untreated.
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Leaf white mold
Leaf white mold is a fungal infection affecting Common lilac, causing significant damage to leaves and overall health. Major symptoms include leaf wilting, discoloration, and mold formation. The disease impacts aesthetics and plant vigour, posing severe challenges for growers and garden enthusiasts.
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Mealybug
Mealybug infestation in Common lilac primarily results in stunted growth, leaf discoloration, and a decline in overall health. These pests are sap-sucking insects that thrive in warm, moist environments, affecting both indoor and outdoor plants.
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Notch
Notch disease adversely affects Common lilac, primarily causing defoliation and reduced bloom quality. This fungal ailment compromises the aesthetic and health of the plant, leading to significant foliage damage if unmanaged.
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Spots
Spots is a disease affecting Common lilac, characterized by yellowish, then brown spots on leaves. These spots will eventually cause the leaves to decline and fall prematurely, which can significantly impact the plant's overall health and longevity.
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Underwatering dry
Underwatering is a stress condition suffered when Common lilac does not receive adequate water. It leads to inhibited growth, wilted or dried-out leaves, and decreased blooming. Unlike diseases caused by pathogens, it's a cultivation issue and completely reversible with proper care.
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Whole leaf withering
Whole leaf withering in Common lilac is a progressive disease causing leaf dehydration, discoloration, and eventual decay.
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Wounds
Wounds on Common lilac generally result from mechanical injury or adverse climatic conditions. They can weaken the plant, make it more susceptible to diseases and pests, and reduce its aesthetic value by causing disfiguration.
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Flower withering
Flower withering is a critical disease affecting Common lilac, causing weakening, browning, wilting, and eventual death of flowers. This disease could potentially affect the plant's aesthetic, reduce its pollen production, and impair pollination processes.
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Common Lilac Watering Instructions
Common lilac hails from southeastern Europe and open areas in the Balkan Peninsula. It is adapted to a continental climate characterized by hot summers and cold winters. In its natural environment, common lilac typically receives an average annual rainfall of around 500-750 mm. As such, it prefers well-drained soil that retains moisture but does not become overly saturated. Providing regular watering to common lilac is essential, aiming to keep the soil consistently moist without allowing it to become waterlogged.
When Should I Water My Common Lilac?
Introduction
Proper and timely watering plays a crucial role in maintaining the overall health and development of the common lilac. It contributes to its optimal growth, vibrant flower production, and resistance against diseases. Therefore, understanding the appropriate signals indicating when the plant should be watered is essential.
Soil Dryness
A clear sign of when common lilac needs water is the dryness of the soil. This can be checked by touching the soil around the plant base. If the top 1 to 2 inches of soil is dry to the touch, this means the plant most likely requires watering.
Leaf Condition
The condition of the leaves of common lilac can also be a reliable indicator for watering necessities. If the leaves appear wilted, lackluster, or begin to lose their vibrant color, tending to fade or yellow, these are indicative of the plant being under-watered.
Pre-Flowering Stage
Common lilac particularly requires watering during its pre-flowering or bud formation stage. A lack of water during this critical period may result in bud drop, preventing the plant from flowering fully.
Temperature and Sunlight Exposure
Common lilac has a high water requirement during warm temperatures and high sunlight exposure periods. Therefore, one must ensure to observe proper watering if these conditions are persistent.
Early Watering Risks
Watering common lilac too early, when the soil is still moist, could risk root rot, fungus infestation, and other root diseases due to over-watering.
Late Watering Risks
Watering common lilac too late, when it has been excessively dry for an extended period, could risk temporary wilting and might stunt the plant's growth. In extreme conditions, it can lead to plant death due to dehydration.
Conclusion
Understanding these signs is critical to effectively manage the watering schedule for the common lilac. Proper water management not only encourages its growth and flowering but also prolongs its lifespan and maintains plant health.
How Should I Water My Common Lilac?
Watering Requirements
Common lilac, has specific watering needs and sensitivities that should be considered for optimal hydration.
Watering Technique
For common lilac, it is best to water deeply and infrequently. This means thoroughly soaking the soil until water reaches the root zone and then allowing the soil to partially dry out before watering again. This helps promote healthy root growth and prevents overwatering, which can lead to root rot.
Watering Can Type
When using a watering can, choose one with a long, narrow spout to allow for precise watering at the base of the plant. Avoid wetting the foliage excessively, as this can lead to fungal issues.
Bottom-Watering Method
Bottom-watering can be effective for common lilac. Place the plant pot in a tray or saucer filled with water and allow the roots to absorb water from the bottom up. This method helps prevent water from sitting on the foliage and encourages deeper root growth.
Moisture Meter
Using a moisture meter can be helpful for determining when to water common lilac. Insert the probe into the soil and check the moisture level. Water when the soil is slightly dry, but not completely parched.
Avoid Wetting Foliage
When watering common lilac, it's important to avoid wetting the foliage, as this can lead to fungal diseases. Direct the water towards the base of the plant and avoid spraying water overhead.
Avoid Overwatering
Overwatering common lilac can be detrimental to its health. Make sure to check the moisture level of the soil before watering and allow it to partially dry out between waterings. Adjust the watering frequency depending on environmental conditions.
Mulching
Applying a layer of organic mulch around the base of common lilac can help to retain soil moisture and reduce evaporation. This can be especially beneficial during hot and dry periods.
Frequent Inspections
Regularly inspect common lilac to monitor its water needs. Look for signs of wilting or dryness in the soil. Adjust the watering schedule accordingly to ensure optimal hydration.
Water Quality
Water common lilac with pure, room temperature water. Avoid using chlorinated or cold water, as they can shock the plant and hinder its ability to absorb moisture effectively.
Time of Day
Water common lilac early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize water loss due to evaporation. Watering during these cooler periods also helps prevent the foliage from getting wet and promotes efficient absorption by the roots.
How Much Water Does Common Lilac Really Need?
Introduction
Common lilac is a species of plant native to Europe and Asia. It typically grows in well-drained soils in areas with moderate rainfall. Understanding its natural habitat can help determine its water requirements when grown in different settings.
Optimal Water Quantity
Common lilac requires regular watering, especially during dry spells. The amount of water needed depends on several factors, including pot size, root depth, and plant size. As a general guideline, a mature common lilac plant in a large pot may require around 1 to 2 inches of water per week. This can be achieved through a deep watering method that allows the water to penetrate the root zone.
Root Depth
Common lilac has a moderate root depth, usually reaching depths of 12 to 18 inches. To ensure proper hydration, it's important to water to this depth, allowing the water to reach the entire root system. A good practice is to water until the top 6-8 inches of soil are saturated.
Pot Size
The size of the pot also affects the water requirements of common lilac. Smaller pots tend to dry out more quickly and may require more frequent watering, while larger pots retain moisture for longer periods. It's important to adjust the watering frequency accordingly to prevent under or over-watering.
Plant Size
The size of the plant can also influence its water needs. Young or newly planted common lilac plants may require more frequent watering until they establish a strong root system. Once established, watering can be reduced but should still be regular during dry periods.
Signs of Proper Hydration
A well-hydrated common lilac plant will have healthy, green foliage with no signs of wilting. Leaves should appear vibrant and firm. Additionally, the soil around the plant should remain consistently moist but not waterlogged.
Signs of Under-Watering
Under-watered common lilac plants may show signs of wilting, yellowing or browning of leaves, or leaf drop. The soil may appear dry and the plant may appear weak or stunted in growth.
Signs of Over-Watering
Over-watered common lilac plants may exhibit yellowing leaves, especially in the lower parts of the plant. The soil may remain excessively wet and have a foul odor. Root rot may occur, leading to wilting and eventual death of the plant.
Risks of Improper Watering
Both under-watering and over-watering can negatively impact the health of common lilac plants. Under-watering can lead to dehydration, stunted growth, and reduced flowering. Over-watering can suffocate the roots, leading to root rot, fungal diseases, and decreased vigor.
Additional Advice
When watering common lilac, it is important to avoid wetting the foliage as this can increase the risk of fungal diseases. Watering in the morning or early afternoon allows foliage to dry before evening, reducing disease risks. Regularly monitor soil moisture levels and adjust watering accordingly to maintain optimal hydration.
How Often Should I Water Common Lilac?
Every 1-2 weeks
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What Kind of Water is Best for Common Lilac?
Water Source Sensitivity
Common lilac can tolerate a range of water types, including tap water, filtered water, rainwater, and distilled water. It is a hardy plant that is not known for being particularly sensitive to water source.
Chlorine Sensitivity
Common lilac can tolerate tap water that contains chlorine, however, if possible, it is beneficial to let the tap water sit out for a day before watering, allowing the chlorine to evaporate. This reduces any potential stress for the plant.
Fluoride Sensitivity
Unlike some other plants, common lilac doesn't exhibit clear signs of fluoride sensitivity. However, as precaution, you might opt for rainwater or distilled water, especially if your tap water has high levels of fluoride.
Mineral Sensitivity
Common lilac is not extremely sensitive to most minerals typically found in water. However, extremely high levels of certain minerals, such as sodium and boron, can be harmful. It's always a good idea to know the mineral content of your tap water.
Dechlorination
Common lilac is not particularly sensitive to chlorine, so dechlorination isn’t strictly necessary in most cases. However, dechlorinated water is always a gentle choice for any plant.
Water Temperature
Common lilac prefers water that is at room temperature. Cold water can impose unnecessary stress on the plant, and hot water can harm the roots.
How Do Common Lilac's Watering Needs Change with the Seasons?
How to Water common lilac in Spring?
Spring marks the start of the growing season for common lilac, where it starts to break from its dormancy period. To support this new phase of growth, it's essential to keep the soil moderately moist. Be careful not to overwater as this can lead to root rot, instead ensure there is efficient drainage and that water is not settling in the plant's base. The plant's active growth means it will use up water faster, so pay close attention to soil dryness to ensure it doesn't dry out completely.
How to Water common lilac in Summer?
During hot and potentially dry summers, common lilac's watering needs increase due to higher evaporative losses from the soil and increased plant transpiration. This is the time when the plant experiences its most robust growth, setting up the bud for next year's bloom. In light of this, water the plant consistently to ensure the top layer of soil remains damp. Remember not to allow the plant to sit in water-filled saucers, and try to water early in the morning or late evening to reduce water loss through evaporation.
How to Water common lilac in Autumn?
As autumn approaches, common lilac's watering needs start to decrease as growth slows down and prepares for dormancy. Watering should be reduced to maintain a slightly damp soil only. Overwatering at this stage can increase the risk of fungal diseases and may lead to root rot. Water as needed, ensuring that the topmost soil layer does not completely dry out as they will still require access to water for photosynthesis and storing energy.
How to Water common lilac in Winter?
Common lilac enters the dormancy stage in winter and hence requires significantly less water. The goal during this season is to prevent the roots from completely drying out, without causing waterlogging. Hence, water infrequently, making sure that the plant's soil is just barely moist. Remember to balance watering with the decreased light and temperature conditions common in winter, as indoor heating can cause soil to dry out more quickly.
What Expert Tips Can Enhance Common Lilac Watering Routine?
Moisture Meter
Using a moisture meter can help assess common lilac's deeper soil moisture needs and prevent over or under-watering. This plant prefers its soil to be mostly dry before the next watering, and a meter can effectively measure this.
Watering Time
Watering common lilac early in the morning allows the water to penetrate the soil thoroughly before the high evaporation rates of mid-day. It also helps prevent fungal diseases by minimizing the plant's exposure to dampness.
Assessing Soil Moisture
To assess the moisture level in common lilac's soil beyond the surface level, dig a few inches down using a trowel or similar tool. If the soil feels slightly moist and crumbly, it indicates that watering is not yet necessary. However, if the soil feels dry to the touch, it is time to water the plant.
Avoid Constant Wetness
Common lilac prefers well-draining soil, so it is important to avoid keeping the soil constantly wet. Over-watering can lead to root rot and other fungal diseases. Ensure that the plant is not sitting in standing water and that the soil has a chance to dry out slightly between waterings.
Signs of Thirst
When common lilac is thirsty, its leaves may wilt or become droopy. However, it is important to note that this is a natural response to conserve water and does not always mean immediate watering is required. Check the soil moisture level before deciding to water the plant.
Signs of Over-Watering
Over-watering common lilac can lead to yellowing leaves, root rot, and a general decline in plant health. If the soil is consistently wet, and the plant shows signs of leaf yellowing or wilting that is not due to lack of water, it may be a sign of over-watering. Adjust watering to allow the soil to dry out more between waterings.
Watering in Extreme Conditions
During a heatwave, common lilac may require more frequent watering as the high temperatures cause faster evaporation. However, it is important to avoid waterlogged soil. Provide deep, thorough watering to ensure water reaches the plant's roots. During extended periods of rain, it may be necessary to temporarily reduce or suspend watering until the soil properly drains.
Watering Stressed common lilac
When common lilac is stressed, such as after transplanting or during periods of intense heat, it may benefit from additional watering. However, be cautious not to over-water, as stressed plants may be more susceptible to root issues. Monitor soil moisture and adjust watering accordingly.
Mulching Benefits
Applying a layer of organic mulch around the base of common lilac can help conserve soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weed growth. Mulching also improves overall soil health over time. Use a layer of mulch around 2-4 inches thick, ensuring it does not touch the base of the plant.
Considering Hydroponics? How to Manage a Water-Grown Common Lilac?
Overview
Hydroponics is the method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. For common lilac or Syringa vulgaris, hydroponics can be a brilliant alternative to traditional soil. The controlled environment of a hydroponic system can lead to faster growth and bloom times, making it an appealing choice for those who want lush, fragrant common lilac flowers in less time.
Best Hydroponic System
Common lilac typically thrive in a Wick System due to their medium-sized root structure and perennial nature. The Wick system allows for the constant supply of nutrient-rich water to the plant's roots without the risk of water logging.
Nutrient Solution
Common lilac prefers a balanced nutrient solution with a pH of 5.8-6.2 for optimal growth. Furthermore, the nutrient solution should be replaced every 2-3 weeks to ensure that the plant receives all the necessary nutrients. Note that specially formulated bloom boosters can encourage more vigorous flowering in common lilac.
Common Challenges
Common lilac can occasionally suffer from root rot in a hydroponics system if water isn't adequately oxygenated. Moreover, light requirements can be a challenge. These plants need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day, which might require supplemental lighting in indoor hydroponic systems.
Plant Health Monitoring
Healthy common lilac in a hydroponic setup will have pale green to dark green foliage, and should flower consistently. However, yellowing leaves can be an indication of nutrient deficiency, overwatering, or excessive light.
Managing Growth Stages
During the vegetative stage, common lilac appreciate cooler temperatures and slightly higher pH levels (6.0-6.3). This should decrease to 5.8 during the flowering stage to maximize nutrient uptake. Additionally, prune this plant regularly to stimulate more blooms and maintain the desired shape.
Adjusting the Hydroponic Environment
The hydroponic system's temperature should mirror early spring conditions, between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Water temperature should be kept relatively stable at around 65-70 degrees. Increase the oxygenation of your water if your common lilac shows signs of distress, like wilting or root rot.
Important Symptoms
Overwatering Symptoms of Common lilac
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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 Symptoms of Common lilac
Common lilac 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 Common Lilac
Why are the leaves of my common lilac turning yellow?
Yellow leaves may be a symptom of overwatering. Common lilac prefers well-drained soil and may manifest leaf yellowing in response to waterlogging or over-saturation. To solve this, adjust your watering schedule to allow the soil to partially dry out between watering. Also ensure the planting site has good drainage.
The leaves of my common lilac are wilting and drooping. Is this due to my watering habits?
Yes, wilting leaves can be a sign of either underwatering or overwatering. If the soil is dry, your common lilac may not be getting enough water. Provide deep, thorough watering less frequently rather than light, frequent irrigation to promote deep root growth. If the soil is damp, however, this is likely a case of overwatering. Allow the soil to dry out before watering again.
Can underwatering cause the common lilac's leaves to lose their colour?
Yes, the leaves of common lilac may become pale or lose their colour when the plant is under-watered, and is a sign of water stress. Gradually increase the amount of water you give to the plant until the leaves regain their vibrant colour.
The base of my common lilac is soft and squishy. Have I overwatered my plant?
Yes, a soft, squishy base or stem, often accompanied by a foul smell, could indicate root rot which is a common consequence of overwatering in common lilac. Unfortunately, plants with severe root rot are often beyond saving. However, to attempt a rescue, you will need to remove the plant from its soggy environment, trim off the affected roots, and then replant it into fresh, well-draining soil. Going forward, ensure your watering routine allows the soil to partially dry between watering sessions.
Why are the blooms on my common lilac smaller than usual this year?
Insufficient watering can lead to smaller blooms on your common lilac. These plants require regular, deep watering, especially during dry spells in summer and fall. Water deeply once a week when rainfall is less than 1 inche per week. Always remember to water the soil and not the foliage to prevent mould and diseases.
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Watch how sunlight gracefully moves through your garden, and choose spots that provide the perfect balance of light and shade for your plants, ensuring their happiness.
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Common lilac thrives under robust exposure to sunlight, yet tolerates some shade. The plant's healthiest growth shows in locations awash with light for the majority of the day. Its origin habitat favors such luminous environments. Extreme exposure can cause leaf scorching, while too much shade can impair blooming.
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Artificial lighting
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
Symptoms of Insufficient Light in %s
Common lilac 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 common lilac 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
Common lilac 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.
Symptoms of Excessive light in %s
Common lilac 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
Common lilac is a temperate woody plant that prefers a temperature range of 41 to 95 ℉ (5 to 35 ℃) for optimal growth. It is native to temperate regions and can handle cold temperatures in winter, but may struggle in hot climates. To adjust to seasonal changes, ensure adequate moisture and partial shade during hot summers.
Regional wintering strategies
Common lilac has strong cold resistance, so special frost protection measures are usually not necessary during winter. However, if the winter temperatures are expected to drop below {Limit_growth_temperature}, it is still important to provide cold protection. This can be achieved by wrapping the trunk and branches with materials such as non-woven fabric or cloth. Before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant abundantly, ensuring the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Low Temperature in Common lilac
Common lilac is cold-tolerant 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}, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, the branches may become brittle and dry during springtime, and no new shoots will emerge.
Solutions
In spring, prune away any dead branches that have failed to produce new leaves.
Symptoms of High Temperature in Common lilac
During summer, Common lilac should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the leaves of the plant may become lighter in color, the tips may become dry and withered, 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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