Chemical scorch

Pesticide Scorch


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Plant tissue is scorched in a ring around the top of the plant. The plant recovers and new tissue is unaffected.

This happens when a pesticide spray is used, either at the wrong concentration, when weather is too hot, or when the chemical used is not suitable for the plant concerned.


Spray only when plants are not in direct sun. Follow the manufacturer's instructions exactly. Check that your plant is not affected by the chemical.

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Chemical scorch


The damaged area will remain, but all new growth will be ok. Eventually, usually after a very long period, the new growth will dominate and the damaged area will not be significant.

Plants may often be kept for seed production, in which case their appearance is not so important.

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