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Dusty Leaves

This is a discussion on Dusty Leaves within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; How do you guys and gals keep your leaves dust free. Mine seem to accumulate ...

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    How do you guys and gals keep your leaves dust free. Mine seem to accumulate a lot of dust and misting doesn't really get rid of it. Does this mean that I have to go through and wipe them one by one or is there another easier method?

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    I clean mine with warm milk, makes them nice and shiny.(no granny skin here!)

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    I put them in the shower if they are not paphs.
    I wipe paphs with a cloth. Undried water causes brown marks on paphs occasionally.
    I don't get my orchids that dusty actually compared to other plants. Probably because I always move them around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ischel1 View Post
    I clean mine with warm milk, makes them nice and shiny.(no granny skin here!)
    Warm milk?.. Interesting, I'd have to try that.
    I guess the granny skin will haunt me for a while.

    Thanks for your suggestion.

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    When I grew them at home, I would run the veggie sprayer over them when watering at the sink each month, even Paphs. Every month or so, I would want to flush the medium well to rid it of mineral salts and I would do that at the kitchen sink. Now I water with a hose. The only time I would consider using milk was if I was going to be showing a plant. There has been a few times I have used diluted lemon juice to get rid of fertilizer or hard water marks.

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    Yes, I agree with Ron. I only clean them up if I am going to bring them into the house or take them to a show. In the gh they get sprayed with the water hose wand and get some water spots sometimes. I wipe it off with sunoil + water. Just spray the mixture on the leaves, and wipe it dry. The leaves then look shiny and new.

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    I use diluted lemon juce or diluted dishwashing liquid which has the added benefit of being a contact pesticide.

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