Sometime when we look at the foliage of our plants we automatically think it is under attack from a large creature (usually a small insect) taking advantage of our poor defenseless plants.

While I was examining my Plumeria foliage, I found it interesting how it was being battered by a mild breeze and wondered if this would cause some damage to the foliage. Sure enough the following morning I saw some of the foliage on my Plumeria plant showed jagged edges and a black scar along the edge of the damaged area. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to move the plant away from a Dragon Fruit plant that had many thorns protruding from its branches. The mild breeze had caused the foliage to brush against it and rip into the leaves.


Several customers have come in to show us mechanical damaged plant leaves similar to this. Remember that the Plumerias foliage has a white sap that “bleeds” when injured. The injury point turns black as the sap dries. This looks bad but will not harm the foliage or plant. More cosmetic than dangerous, I just removed the damaged leave.

More to come on this series of Plumeria care.

Steve Goto