Generally speaking, an abiotic plant problem is one caused by something that is not currently alive. This is in contrast to diseases and pests which are very much alive when they damage the plant.

Abiotic factors include anything to do with the growing environment of the plant. Nutrient deficiencies, pH problems, water balance, physical damage, improper pruning, exposure to chemicals, heat or cold, inadequate light level, etc. are all causes of abiotic problems in plants.

Here are some of the common abiotic problems encountered in the home landscape:

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

 

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