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Give Your Houseplants a Shower

By Shelly
November 28, 2011

Indoor plants enjoy a shower every once in a while.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 27, 2011 7:33 PM CST
Stick them in the shower & turn it on --- cold water only please. You are absolutely right Shelly! Good tip. Smiling
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Paul Anguiano
Richland, WA (Zone 7a)
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psa
Nov 28, 2011 12:42 AM CST
I tell people this all the time, but they often tell me it's too much work or too strange. From cleaning off dust to deterring mites to leaching the soil, showers can be very therapeutic.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Nov 28, 2011 7:12 AM CST
My stepson had a large rubber tree. He would put it in a gentle, temperate shower on a monthly basis.

His sisters laughed at him because he would simulate a rainstorm by flashing the light switch on and off for the lightening and made sounds like crashing thunder. lol

He said it replicated jungle conditions where the tree would have lived. He swore it worked and that was one beautiful plant.

Maybe... ???
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Nov 28, 2011 8:17 AM CST
That's great!!! Hilarious! Love the flashing lights.

I sometimes do the same thing when we get a good summer rain - the neighbors already know I'm nuts, lol...
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Nov 28, 2011 11:01 AM CST
Mine like a shower too- they would probably like one more often.

Interesting, Pod... flashing lights, I don't doubt it works! Big Grin !
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
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tabby
Nov 28, 2011 11:14 AM CST
When I grew roses indoors, this was a necessary to keep the spider mites at bay. I'd do it in the kitchen sink with the sink sprayer so I could get under the leaves.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Nov 28, 2011 1:38 PM CST
You-all probably already know this, but I learned through experience while trying to bottom-water in a bathtub:

Too much soil and potting mix washed down the bathtub drain MIGHT clog your pipes and require a plumber to visit.

Shower the plant, not the soil. Maybe cover the soil and/or your drain with window screening and/or some cloth, to catch run-off soil.

Corey
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Nov 28, 2011 3:17 PM CST
Good point, Corey! I've done that before with the wood chunks running off the top of the pot.... Blinking
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Name: Jamie R
Zone 5b, WI (Zone 5a)
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JaeRae
Dec 3, 2011 11:38 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rick!
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Dec 4, 2011 2:22 AM CST
If only it were a joke! First I tried to dissolve it with Drano, but soil, and potting mix don't dissolve.

Now the only bottom-watering I do is keeping cotton flannel on the bottoms of my trays, so that pouring a little water into the tray makes it available to every pot or cell in the tray.
Name: Jamie R
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JaeRae
Dec 4, 2011 3:14 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Draino also does not work if a mouse decides to use the pipeline from the basement to the upstairs sink cabinet by tossing insulation into the lower sink. Rolling on the floor laughing
(That wouldn't be a gardening tip though would it?)
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Dec 4, 2011 3:52 AM CST
Speaking of mice, I saw one indoors just an hour ago. I guess they like staying warm, too.

Where's my lazy cat! He'd better protect all the seeds in cardboard boxes!

Name: Jamie R
Zone 5b, WI (Zone 5a)
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JaeRae
Dec 4, 2011 1:01 PM CST
Oh, don't worry. If your mouse is like ours, he will head directly for the food dish. Your seeds should be safe.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Dec 5, 2011 1:13 PM CST
Thanks for that reassurance!

Lazy though Toby-cat may be, he won't allow any rodents to get away with eating HIS food, and that he WILL notice!
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5b, WI (Zone 5a)
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JaeRae
Dec 5, 2011 2:52 PM CST
As I do, Inky merely 'observes' our mouse. It's a kick!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Dec 5, 2011 8:23 PM CST
Lemme know if you need someone to come play with your mouse (mice?) - my cats enjoy playing field hockey with the poor rodents...
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Jamie R
Zone 5b, WI (Zone 5a)
save the rainforest & habitat
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies I sent a postcard to Randy! Herbs Region: Wisconsin
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JaeRae
Dec 5, 2011 8:29 PM CST
Boy! I'd LOVE to get rid on him but there's just no way so he has become our bonafide house mouse.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
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sheryl
Dec 5, 2011 8:33 PM CST
No, I didn't say they'd actually kill it.... that would mess up their whiskers....
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Jamie R
Zone 5b, WI (Zone 5a)
save the rainforest & habitat
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies I sent a postcard to Randy! Herbs Region: Wisconsin
Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Bulbs Irises Roses Lilies
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JaeRae
Dec 5, 2011 8:51 PM CST
hummm...well I guess he's here to stay.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 5, 2011 9:15 PM CST
JR there are these little black disk looking things now that you can use. You don't have to see them or pick them up or anything. You just set this thing sort of hockey puck looking down & it's baited I think with peanut butter & they crawl in it & that sets off a spring which closes the exit & I think kills them at the same time. Anyway, then you throw it away. I've seen them sold in the grocery store. I have a friend who uses them.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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