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

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    Carolla is offline Senior Member
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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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    I have also used milk on a kitchen paper towel - only on my two indoor phals...but I find that water is just as good too. Being indoors, near a window, they tend to get dusty and I like to be careful not to get any water down into the centre of the leaf growth which might start some rot...all the rest of my plants are outdoors and right now we are getting so much rain they are getting a good wash-down!

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