I have 6 different (palm, dieffenbachia, peace lily, philodendrons) indoor
plants in my living area and recently I started burning scented candles in
this area. All seemed to be fine until I noticed the leaves on the palm
plant were turning brown on the tips. The browning has moved down the
leaves on just a few shoots. Is this a coincidence, the burning candles and
the browning leaves, or is something else wrong? I check the moisture level
always before watering and I can't say that the soil has ever been dry or
overly wet. Can one burn scented candles in areas where plants are growing?
Candles won't affect the plants PHYSICALLY, but the plants may be turning
brown as a form of revenge for subjecting them to something as tasteless and
annoying as scented candles. Think of it as a child who's not ill, but is
acting out because of something he/she has a problem with. The plants are
trying to tell you that men are not supposed to use scented candles. Matter
of fact, male infants can suffer damage to their nervous systems if taken
into a Yankee Candle Shop.
Lose the candles.
No, you are mistaken. Infants, of any sex, will rebel against
any nice smells. And will try to defeat them. They have no
shame. That is why they are smiling so often. Especially when
you try to change their nappy/diaper.
Thanks for all of the comments. I especially like the "plant revenge"
theory! I think that I'll try the mist idea as I have overlooked doing such
this winter and I do know from past experience that misting does help in the
dry of winter.
When's the last time the palm was repotted? What you're describing sounds like
"tip burn", often due to a buildup of soluble salts in the soil. Leach or
As far as the candles go, consider losing them, especially if your house isn't
drafty. They can be a major cause of indoor air pollution, and soot in lungs
can be pretty devastating long-term. Soot on plants blocks the stomata
needed for gas exchange in the leaves.
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