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

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  • Nope, never.

    35 15.98%
  • Only when there is an infection or other problem

    46 21.00%
  • When I repot

    14 6.39%
  • Once a year, as needed

    23 10.50%
  • Regularly, twice a year at least.

    101 46.12%
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Thread: Leaf Cleaning Poll

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  1. #51
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    Carol
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
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    Phals, Catts, Onc. Alliance
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    Eastern WA State, USA
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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.

  2. #52
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    Kim
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
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    Cattaleya and Intergeneric
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    Nov 2013
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    Female
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    Florida
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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.

  3. #53
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    Harvey
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
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    1-Neo falcata,2-Phal,3-Paph
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    Nov 2013
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    Littleton, Colorado
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    I need to do this activity. I have lots of water spots but I mist often when I am home.

  4. #54
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
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    Cattleya & indigenous
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    Jan 2014
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    Female
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    Harare, Zimbabwe
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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!

  5. #55
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    I have only started collecting orchids for about a year to year and a half, and quite frankly, haven't given leaf cleaning much thought. Usually, I'll clean a plant's leaves to get rid of dust and water spots, but that is only once in a great while - if that. Now, I'm thinking about it, I ought to give them a quick wipe when I water them which is at a sink. It wouldn't take much effort and the plants would probably be happier.

  6. #56
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
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    Cattleya & indigenous
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    Harare, Zimbabwe
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    Quote Originally Posted by CathyAnn View Post
    I have only started collecting orchids for about a year to year and a half, and quite frankly, haven't given leaf cleaning much thought. Usually, I'll clean a plant's leaves to get rid of dust and water spots, but that is only once in a great while - if that. Now, I'm thinking about it, I ought to give them a quick wipe when I water them which is at a sink. It wouldn't take much effort and the plants would probably be happier.
    Hi - careful about where exactly that water goes - especially with Phalaenopsis if you have them - they do not like water collecting in the leaf (where it joins the stem)...I am still happier to simply wipe with a damp sponge or soft cloth from time to time...

  7. #57
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    Mike
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya
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    Apr 2017
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    Pensylvania
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    I've purchased some "Brand X' but have not used it yet. The directions say to spray it on until it runs off and not to wipe. According to the grower that recommended it it's also an effective pest control but they can't advertise it as such for some reason.

  8. #58
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    ana. danaya
    My Grow Area
    Sunroom
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    Cattleyas
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    Aug 2018
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    Female
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    Germany
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    I do like glossy leaves and since my collection is not so big, I can do it regularly

  9. #59
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    I clean the leaves twice a month using a soft cloth or paper towel with some milk.

  10. #60
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    I clean leaves a couple of times a year if I feel the plant will benefit.
    I spray regularly with rain water so most will not get a wipe over.
    The few Oncidium's that I grow do get a wipe over with either a paper towel or plant wipes as they are more prone to red spider I find.

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