by Jennifer Horton. So why do succulent leaves and tips turn red and is it a reason to be concerned about your plants health? The red coloration is due to the production of leaf pigments called anthocyanins, which are also found in red, blue, and purple flowers and fruits.

Prev NEXT . Red leaves on a rose bush can be normal to the growth pattern of the bush; however, this can also be a warning sign of big problems. Red foliage enhances desirability in some ornamental plants, but when green summer leaves turn red unexpectedly, color can be cause for concern. Native American lore explained the appearance­ of the magnificent colors as coming from above: After hunters killed the Great Bear in the sky, the story goes, its blood splashed down and turned the leaves red. It is good for the rose loving gardener to know the difference between the normal growth and the warning of a big problem that has come to your home garden or rose bed. Charles Krebs/Stone/­Getty Images. In autumn when it starts to get cold, some plants stop making chlorophyll. Many deciduous leaves turn some shade of red before they fall during the autumn months. So, Why Do Leaves Turn Red? This is not necessarily a bad thing. Several factors naturally influence a Jade plant turning red, including extremes of heat, excess sunlight, lack of water or nutrients. Healthy blueberry leaves are dark green during the growing season. Leaves turning reddish purple in color is most often seen in corn crops. We don’t, however, believe there is any reason to panic. You may have noticed leaves turning red just before they drop from the trees in time for winter. Instead, those plants break down chlorophyll into smaller molecules. If you're partial to crimson, you might wonder why nature seems to go overboard with the red some years and forget it entirely during others. We assume leaves to be green, but also notice how there are exceptions – a show of reds, golds and yellows is expected each autumn. If you notice the leaves turning red during the growing season, then there could be a nutrient deficiency or viral disease causing the changing leaf color. Succulents turn red or change colors in response to changes in their environment.

Corn with a phosphorus deficiency will have narrow, bluish green leaves that eventually turn reddish purple. The red colour is caused by pigments called anthocyanins. There is such a thing as good stress and bad stress in succulents. In a nutshell, succulent tips and leaves turn red (or other colours) when the plant is stressed or when the seasons change. Sugars that normally move freely through plants produce the pigments, known as anthocyanins, when something causes sugars to … The same red and purple pigments behind similar colors in flowers, fruits and fall foliage show up in plants under stress.