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

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  • Nope, never.

    33 16.26%
  • Only when there is an infection or other problem

    41 20.20%
  • When I repot

    14 6.90%
  • Once a year, as needed

    20 9.85%
  • Regularly, twice a year at least.

    95 46.80%
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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 soak my orchids in the sink every couple of waterings and examine them at ...

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  1. #51
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    I soak my orchids in the sink every couple of waterings and examine them at that time. I usually wash them with the sprayer and wipe them down gently so they are clean and fresh. I particularly like the Phals to have clean pretty leaves, as they are large and show water spots or dust on them. I did this just yesterday and was so happy to see my Phals are all looking really good, except the tiny miniature I got last month, I'm not sure it's potted correctly yet and it looks a little thirsty. The Oncidiums I rinse off and check over for any spots or damage to the leaves or p-bulbs, same with the Cattleyas and other random genera. It's very dry and dusty here, they need a bit of cleaning.

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    I admit Im lazy about cleaning leaves. I grow indoors so I dont have build up, I take them outside when it gets warmer, for only a few hours then right back in. This reduces infestation problems. So I rarely have to clean the leaves. I would do it though if an outbreak occurred.

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    I need to do this activity. I have lots of water spots but I mist often when I am home.

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