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ajunder1
Apr 3, 2017 4:30 PM CST
I just got home to find that my apartment complex has sprayed my container garden with moderately diluted bleach while pressure washing the building. It looks/smells like my squash, jalapeƱo, mint, lemon balm, lavender, avocado tree, and pole bean vines were sprayed directly and have been coated with the bleach, while my dwarf banana and fig tree containers caught all of the run off. I've already been struggling with over-watering with a recent string of storms. Will the bleach kill them? How do I save/recover them from the damage done?
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DaisyI
Apr 3, 2017 5:13 PM CST
Even though you are concerned about over watering, you need to flush the bleach out of your plants and rinse off the foliage. Bleach will kill them.

I'm surprised the management company didn't warn you ahead of time so you could protect your plants. Time to go have a talk with them also.
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Garden10
Apr 4, 2017 9:44 AM CST
Building I was in once sand blasted the exterior and it came into everyone's apartments, a nightmare, ruined things, and they had to pay up. I'd make them replace everything, because even if you're lucky enough to get all the bleach off, and the plants survive, it's in the groundwater, if you will, and in the plants. You are growing some of that stuff to eat, right? Go after them. Maybe they will learn not to be so reckless and cavalier next time.
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ajunder1
Apr 7, 2017 6:36 AM CST
Thank you for your suggestions! I ended up drilling extra holes in the containers I could and have been watering them all week. The fig tree is looking better and I'm hopeful some of the vegetables will pull through but now that I can see the full extent of the damage I'm certain they didn't dilute the bleach properly. My poor satsuma has lost half its leaves but hasn't completely given up yet. Even the clothes I was wearing when I stepped out on my patio were ruined because absolutely everything was coated in bleach. I've been talking with management about the lack of notice and they're claiming they were unaware that maintenance had been instructed to clean the buildings but they have put a halt to any further pressure washing for the time being. I am waiting for the company who oversees the management and maintenance to return my messages.
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Garden10
Apr 7, 2017 7:23 AM CST
Management was unaware? Probably need to spend less time playing games on their phones and unfriending people on Facebook, and more time actually doing their jobs. This makes me furious.

Opinions are like, well, you know, and everybody's got one, here's mine: don't wait for those clowns to return your messages, they won't unless you make a nuisance of yourself, and even then will probably fob you off. Take photos of all the damage, even if your veggies pull through, you want to eat something that has a concentration of bleach and Lord knows what else in its growing medium? And even if your satsuma pulls through, it has been damaged. Include your clothes, and I would document all of the damage and your efforts to mitigate that damage, send it to them registered mail or UPS or whatever gives you signed proof of delivery, telling them this is your damage, this is the amount of the damage, please issue a check within ten days of receipt of this mailing, or I will file a suit in small claims court. If it goes that far, let it and don't worry -- no way are they going to oppose you in court, if they don't settle on receipt of your letter or notification that you have filed suit, they will opt for arbitration the day of the case. But I don't think it will go that far. You will also be entitled to your filing costs and postage -- the idea is not that you have a payday, just that you are made whole, back the way you were before their stupidity. You shouldn't be out anything. There is an appalling lack of accountability and responsibility in this culture, and it's only going to end if people start fighting back. I'm so sorry this happened to you.
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