Cleaning the leaves of houseplants



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How to Dust Houseplants

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House plants often suffer from an accumulation of dust and spiders, especially during the dry months of winter. Hand washing, if possible, is often difficult.

Steps

Spraying the Plants

  1. Take the plants outdoors.Choose a mild day, during the warmest time.
  2. Spray the leaves, especially on the undersides.Use a spray bottle, available from garden stores and many hardware stores.
  3. Gauge the force of the spray carefully.Match the spray strength to the fragility of the plant. For instance, a rubber plant will stand far more water pressure than will a begonia.
  4. Allow the plants to drip dry.When dry, take them back into the house.

Cleaning Large Leaf Plants

This method is a good way to clean rubber plant leaves or any big leaf plant.

  1. Take a cotton ball and dip it in a bowl of milk.
  2. Wipe the leaves with the milk dipped cotton ball.This both cleans and leaves the leaves on the plant very shiny and clean.

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  • If a warm outdoor area with a water supply is not available, you can set your bathroom shower to a gentle, warm spray and place the plants under it for a while. Turn them occasionally to get spray from multiple angles.
  • Be sure to use enough force to remove both dust and spiders or other insects from the plants.

Warnings

  • Do not leave delicate plants in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
  • Handle plants with care to avoid damaging them.

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Sources and Citations

  • Kains, M.G. (1935). Gardening Short Cuts. New York and Cleveland: World Publishing Company - Book in public domain. Copyright not renewed.

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Anonymous

Dec 2, 2019

"I've always been skeptical on properly cleaning large leaf plants. Never in a million years would I have thought touse milk on a cotton ball! Thanks!"

Anonymous

Mar 8, 2019

"As a person new to orchids I found this information very useful, covering all aspects of orchid care that I neededto know about. Many thanks."

Anonymous

Dec 1, 2019

"This a very simple and easy way to clean my houseplants. Who would think that milk would be helpful to plants?"

Anonymous

Dec 30, 2019

"Care of Xmas cactus after blooming - didn't know you should not water for six weeks. Thanks for the tips!"

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Aug 19, 2019

"My orchid was not flowering.





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