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View Poll Results: Do your clean your orchid's leaves?

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  • Nope, never.

    33 15.79%
  • Only when there is an infection or other problem

    44 21.05%
  • When I repot

    14 6.70%
  • Once a year, as needed

    21 10.05%
  • Regularly, twice a year at least.

    97 46.41%
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Leaf Cleaning Poll

This is a discussion on Leaf Cleaning Poll within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have all mine inside and they all get a wipedown once a week.Usually when ...

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    I have all mine inside and they all get a wipedown once a week.Usually when I water.I wipe them with a damp papertowel.(each one gets its own paper towel,so I dont get contamination from one plant to another)Since Ive been doing it they have healthier looking leaves!

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    Well, I clean the leaves every week, when watering. It's a very happy moment and i enjoy it so much. It's my moment of relax. since my plants are in the living room I don't want them to be a dirty aspect. By now I have only 75 orch., then it's is still possible for me.But it takes about 3 h or more, this depends on my hurry.
    Everything get lots of dust in my house.

    I clean with water and paper towel, removing dust and the dry sheaths of the pseudobulbs. They look great and very healthy so.


    @ amey, isn't orange juice a bit acid for cleaning leaves? interesting your recipe, and as I saw before, your orch. look fantasticly healthy

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    Quote Originally Posted by playtime8978 View Post
    why shouldn't you use lemon juice? I have on two plants and they seem ok.
    Yeah, I've heard using a little dilute lemon juice took the water spots right off the leaves. Is it bad for them? And what is the deal with Neem and phalaenopsis? Like Pavel said, if I am taking them to show, I will wipe them down. I have a little box of botaniwipes for that purpose, although it's a Neem based product. I haven't seen any ill effects on my phals....yet. Otherwise, when I am repotting, they get cleaned up!

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    I foliar often so this keeps most dirt at bay , when i do wet the leaves i sometimes draw my thumb & index finger up with the leaf between which also helps keep mites away.I mainly do this with plants with large strappy leaves like Cymbidium .I also do this to clean the plant but with paper towel ,they also get a good clean before a show .
    Obviously plants with tender leaves need different attention.

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    Similar to Orchidaddict789, I have 2 orchids at the moment and because they are house orchids the leaves can get quite dusty... so as with the rubber and yucca's, I wipe the leaves regularly using a paper towel & tepid water (we have very soft water). As I am new to Orchids I am so pleased to hear others do this too.

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    I am a leaf wiper. I have always just used plain water followed by a paper towel. I had never heard about the milk thing, but may just give it a try. I have been reading my mom in law some of your posts as she thinks I have waaaayyyy too many orchids (only 45). It is fun to watch her role her eyes at only 75 or so, etc. Thanks for the ammo as to why I do NOT have too many.

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    I clean the leaves with white vinegar, about once a year. Works great to get the spots off. Betty :-)

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    I think for those of us in the tropics who grow our orchids outdoors its really not possible to wipe the leaves. We have too many plants! I normally just water them thoroughly daily and on weekends when I have more time I scan through all my plants slowly to see if there are any issues with my plants.

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    almost every fortnight! especially the indoor ones. i do it to prevent salt buildup and dust buildup

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alicia View Post
    I do a quick wipe with milk when things get dusty. I grow indoors so I can't just hose them all down.
    i cant afford to use milk, it is soo expensive here...it is cheaper to buy 3 litres of NZ milk in the US than it is to buy 2litres in the country of origin!

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