How do trees, shrubs, and other plants talk to each other? Through their leaves! You thought I was going to make a pun, didn’t you? Joke is on you, I couldn’t think of any!
Hi, welcome to Gardening with Ms. Kate, a series where I share tips and tricks on how to take care of plants! In today’s session, we will talk about how to read your leaves!
“Read my leaves?”, you ask? Yes, leaves are a way that our plants show what is going on with them. Are they parched? Sunburnt? Rootbound? Infested? This can all be found when looking at the leaves, and the goal is to teach you, dear readers, how to understand what they mean!
Leaves are one of the most important parts of a plant’s body. Without them, the plant would starve from the lack of chlorophyll, and in turn, would not be able to photosynthesize.
What is chlorophyll? It is the green pigment found in the leaves of plants, and it helps feed the plant through the process of photosynthesis, which generates sunlight into energy.
Sometimes, leaves get burnt from the Sun, just like we can. Chlorophyll is, in a way, sunscreen for plants, but like any brand, it has its limitations. The same goes for chlorophyll.