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    Since I installed my misting/watering system, the calcium build up on the leaves is getting heavy. Any recommendations on how to remove this buildup from the leaves?

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    I just use soap and water to clean the leaves on my orchids but I don't know if it will help remove calcium build up. If I were you I would try to keep the water off the leaves when you're watering and get a cheap spray bottle from your local hardware and fill it with distilled water. Each time you water your plants, go back with the spray bottle to rinse the leaves with a little distilled water. It's worth a try. Good luck.

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    A little mayonnaise on the leaves works really well.

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    good thread! i bought some ascocendas that are pretty crusty with buildup on the leaves. i have tried using a dish sponge with some dish soap to actually wash the plants, with some success, but there is still a lot of buildup. i also soaked them int he sink overnight when i first got them and theat helped a little. my local water i never thought was high quality, but it does not seem to have as much minerals as water from other places around the nation. i bought some oncidiums like that too, but the crust came off better when using the above techniques than on the ascos.

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    good thread! i bought some ascocendas that are pretty crusty with buildup on the leaves. i have tried using a dish sponge with some dish soap to actually wash the plants, with some success, but there is still a lot of buildup. i also soaked them int he sink overnight when i first got them and theat helped a little. my local water i never thought was high quality, but it does not seem to have as much minerals as water from other places around the nation. i bought some oncidiums like that too, but the crust came off better when using the above techniques than on the ascos.

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    Sorry, I see now that you're using a misting system. There's no way to avoid getting the water on the leaves. With an automatic system it's not practical to finish with distilled water either. Orchids that I get from commercial growers, here in Florida, often have a lot of calcium build up. The growers don't seem to consider it a problem so you may need to just get used to it.

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    now i have seen products that are safe to use on deposits on the inside of aquarium glass..minerals from the fish waste etc.....idk but if they are safe for delicate fishes...may be safe for orchids...some research is needed..but its an idea/suggestion...ive looked and also saw vinegar is good for hard water stains....

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    I used vinegar slightly diluted to wipe off my phals when I got them crusty from the breeder, works great. May be a bit tedious if you have a lot of plants though. Not sure what kind of damage, if any, if there's any direct sun or intense light involved.

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    I diluted some apple cider vinegar I have and sprayed a few plants. Too many leaves to wipe but it definitely romoved much of the deposits. So when I have time I may actuall spray and wipe leaves this weekend. Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

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    I used vinegar slightly diluted to wipe off my phals when I got them crusty from the breeder, works great. May be a bit tedious if you have a lot of plants though. Not sure what kind of damage, if any, if there's any direct sun or intense light involved.

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    Coca cola diluted 1 part to 20 parts water, Orange juice diluted tot he same extent work very well for me.

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