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Pittsburgh, PA
May 23, 2020 9:25 PM CST
I've had this plant for about 6 years now, and this bottom leaf, which I'm assuming is probably the oldest, has started drying up from the tip of the leaf. Is there a way to safely remove this leaf without exposing the plant to possible invasion through the wound of removal? I do have fungus gnats (currently trying to exterminate them with traps to disrupt the breeding cycle), and I'm not sure about any other critters. I would just let the leaf dry up on its own, but I worry about it drying the rest of the plant, or the plant expending too much energy on this dying leaf instead of growing more.

All in all: should I remove this leaf and, if yes, how do I do it safely without risk to the plant?
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Name: Baja
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May 23, 2020 11:09 PM CST
Do not remove the leaf. There is no benefit to the plant. Just let it run its natural course.
Pittsburgh, PA
May 30, 2020 2:55 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:Do not remove the leaf. There is no benefit to the plant. Just let it run its natural course.

Alright! There is new growth from the plant, so I guess she's doing just fine! Thanks for your advice!
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