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Name: Angie
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qtpai
Jul 26, 2015 12:17 PM CST
Dracaena, dragon tree or corn plant..

I inadvertently grabbed the wrong spray bottle and instead of misting and watering it with water... I windexed them ... (I know.. stupid, stupid, stupid). Right away I brought the plant outside and tried to flush the soil as much as possible even left it outside for the day hoping it would dry up the soil (seeing the this plant doesn't like alot of moisture). It's been two days and it's pretty wilted .. is there anything I can do save this plant .. it's not looking very well
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Angie
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 26, 2015 12:20 PM CST
Those are pretty tough plants. I would take it out of the pot and just rinse the heck out of both roots, stem and leaves; you may lose some of the leaves but I daresay the plant will come back.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 26, 2015 12:20 PM CST
And I meant to say - your title made me LOL Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Angie
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qtpai
Jul 26, 2015 12:25 PM CST
Thank you so much ... I'll give it a shot .. I didn't want to expose it to too much water ... don't want to add voluntary drowning to my crimes.... but if it doesnt look better in the morning I'm gonna rinse the roots. .. thanks again Dutchlady1
Angie
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sooby
Jul 26, 2015 12:37 PM CST
Part of the problem also might have been leaving it outside for the day if it was used to being indoors. If the soil ball is currently on the dry side I would at least flush it through with more water to try and wash the stuff out but don't leave the plant outside. Can you do that in a laundry tub or something, and also wash the leaves?
Name: Angie
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qtpai
Jul 26, 2015 12:43 PM CST
The only reason I left it outside was cause the soil was soaked ... I panicked when I realize I had windex in my hand instead of the water bottle that I just ran out on the terrace and soaked the plant ... then hoped the sun would dry off the soil a little .. in hindsight I realize that too was a stupid idea .. It seems I'm on a streak ... gonna give it another bath then see how she feels in the morning. Thanks sooby
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greene
Jul 26, 2015 2:09 PM CST
qtpai said:It seems I'm on a streak ...


Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I thought Windex was streak free. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Welcome!
I cannot tell you when I have read a more interesting thread. You are a hoot and a half. Normally I say to new people that they will have a good time on ATP, but it's the other way around with you. We will have a good time now that you have joined us. Thumbs up

I am sending you some acorns; please do not throw them at your plant. :whistling:

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Name: Angie
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qtpai
Jul 26, 2015 2:17 PM CST
lol streak free... that's a good one greene.. Rolling on the floor laughing

Thanks for the acorns ... I'm worried about the plant .. she's looking a bit green ... Hilarious! .... I think if I wet her anymore I don't have to worry about killing her .. she's gonna commit suicide just so I'll stop.... I'm gonna let her be for a couple of days ... she should be windex free now.... if she doesn't do better I'll change the soil all together.... for now I'm gonna pick up my acorns and go have a coffee Thumbs up
Angie
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 26, 2015 6:40 PM CST
Angie, welcome to ATP and thanks for the fun thread title etc.

Just my opinion here, but I think you may have panicked a bit, and over-reacted. Windex should not hurt your plant all that much. It is mainly composed of ammonia, and while it is probably too strong to use on a regular basis on a plant, as long as you diluted it well after applying it, especially rinsing off the leaves, I don't think it should harm the plant much. Ammonia is NH3 as a chemical symbol, and N stands for Nitrogen which is the first component in fertilizer. H is hydrogen . . . not sure what else they put in that Windex bottle except for blue color but . . I do know a lady who adds Windex to her regular spray to prevent spider mites on her plants.

So I just wanted to encourage you to let the plant have a rest and dry out, put it back where it usually lives and just keep an eye on it for a few days. As Hetty says, they are fairly sturdy plants to begin with and there are worse things you could have sprayed it with, too.

Just so you'll feel better, I sprayed a few squirts of "mosquito bomb" spray that was billed as "safe for children and pets" around outside my patio door the other day. I expected something that was an aerosol, but this was tiny droplets. Turns out it was composed of some aromatic oils, smelled good and nixxed the flock of mosquitoes, but the pretty Swallowtail Plant that I had sitting by the door really didn't like it one bit! The next day it had tiny bleached, burned spots all over the leaves. It is recovering now but I had to cut it back fairly far to get rid of all the ugly burnt leaves.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 26, 2015 6:42 PM CST
Not an uncommon story - I think we've probably all sprayed something we didn't mean to. Not to mention brushed our teeth with something entirely unsuitable for that purpose.... Whistling
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Weedwhacker
Jul 26, 2015 6:42 PM CST
Welcome to All Things Plants, Angie @qtpai !

I hope your plant will recover Smiling
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Name: Angie
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qtpai
Jul 26, 2015 7:57 PM CST
Thank you all so much dyzzypyxxy , Dutchlady1 and weedwhacker.

I'm so glad I found this forum ... since I've purchased many plants that I'm not even sure how to take care of them ... I moved to Italy from Canada a few years ago and they don't give you a heck of a lot of information on a plant when you purchase it here much less the name of it... so I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what plant I have and how to take care of it online. Plus try explaining mulch or pine chips in italian when trying to buy potting soil etc ... they look a me like if I were an alien ... My living room now looks like a jungle... plants everywhere ... I've been pretty lucky so far... but like I said its all luck and no skill ... so I will be making alot of mistakes and risking the lives of many a plant Crying ... that's where you guys come in.. Hurray!

Thank You! all again for all your help.

Angie
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plantladylin
Jul 26, 2015 8:15 PM CST
Hi Angie, Welcome! from me too!

I too laughed out loud at your subject line so I just had to read further to see what involuntary attempted plantslaughter took place. Your Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans) looks pretty good to me and I agree with what's been said, they are pretty tough plants! I think since you've flushed the soil and washed the leaves, it should be okay once it's had time to adjust back to normalcy.

I have a 6' tall Dracaena fragrans that's been on my deck for 4 years and it would make you cry to see how horrible it looks due to lack of proper care ... and yet it still survives. I guess I could be charged with Attempted Negligent Planticide. Rolling on the floor laughing
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 26, 2015 8:52 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! to ATP Angie! I too am cracking up at this thread. You're a hoot & will fit right in as most of us seem to be nuts here. I think gardening & the love of laughter must be contained in the same genome.

If it makes any difference I agree that your plant will be fine if you can manage to leave it alone for a while. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing All said in fun.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Jul 26, 2015 9:02 PM CST
I'm still chuckling. Rolling on the floor laughing
Oh, and I may read a bit slower than some but I finally got your name...Q T P A I ...qtpai. Even your name has humor. Thumbs up
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purpleinopp
Jul 27, 2015 8:06 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Good vibes to your plants! TY for the entertaining discussion too.
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RickCorey
Jul 28, 2015 5:29 PM CST
Hi Angie! Thanks for the fun thread!

>> this plant doesn't like a lot of moisture

>> don't want to add voluntary drowning to my crimes.... but if it doesn't look better in the morning I'm gonna rinse the roots. ..

Right! What do we do when we want to flush a pot, but don't want to drown the roots? It's too late to go back in time and use a faster-draining, coarser and more "open" potting mix.

You could pull it out of the pot, prune the root ball, wash it down to bare roots, and re-pot the plant. But who wants to do that?

My suggestion is to "extend" the capillary zone of the pot by setting the pot on top of a towel or folded-over absorbent cotton cloth (like flannel or Tee shorts) that will wick a lot of water.

If the fabric touches the soil through the holes in the bottom of the pot, it will wick water out of the bottom of the pot until that bottom is no wetter than the towel. (Of course water will drain down from the upper layers of soil in the pot to the bottom, as the bottom dries out.)

If you let the towel drape down off the edge of your deck, or dangle down a few feet, and allow it to drip into a tray or something, the potting mix becomes part of a tall capillary column where capillary attraction PLUS GRAVITY pull water out of your pot.

Now you can water it heavily knowing that the water will be mostly wicked away in a few hours, and the roots are less likely to drown.

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