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jungleboy
Apr 28, 2017 1:37 AM CST
I use a neem+bronner solution mixed in a big ol pump spray bottle for my 6 ft dracaena.

I live in an apt and I've just been putting towels on the floor and then wiping the walls after. Luckily it's all organic!

To be honest the solution does wonders and I wouldn't mind doing this once a week forever it really makes that much a difference..

But..does there exist some sort of waterproof pop up temporary portable enclosure/curtain system- that would protect the floor as well?

Another solution could be to put the plant on wheels and push it over to the bathroom and hose it down in there. Then at least I won't be so worried about my hardwood floors.

Then again I know plants generally don't like too much moving around locations, lifting etc.. I really don't like the look of the plant sitting on pallets with wheels.. Maybe there are more discreet wheel systems?

Any advice would be appreciated!
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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 28, 2017 1:42 AM CST
Get a cheap bed sheet from Goodwill (or use an old one you have lying around) and attach it behind the plant before you spray.

It sounds cumbersome but it really does work. That's what I do not for a big plant, but for a big shelf of medium and smaller plants.
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tarev
Apr 28, 2017 2:14 PM CST
Hello jungleboy, sure you can move it with a plant dolly to your bathroom and spray there, just move it back to its original location.

I do know what you mean about moving locations, but what it refers to is moving the plant in different locations very often, thereby making it hard for your plant to acclimate to its growing location or get improper lighting for its needs in the process. But if you put it back to its usual preferred spot, it will be just okay.

There are many types of plant dollies/caddies that you can use, not a distraction at all to use and see.

Just type plant dollies/caddies on your web search page, and it should yield a lot of results to choose from.
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plantmanager
Apr 28, 2017 3:14 PM CST
I've always put them in my shower or tub. It's just too messy trying to spray large plants in place. Jai's idea of putting up a sheet would work too.
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LizDTM
Apr 28, 2017 6:40 PM CST
Cheap plastic drop clothes are available at the dollar store. Open one up, put all your plants on it and spray away.
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Name: greene
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greene
Apr 28, 2017 7:53 PM CST
The shower is a good place to do the spraying. Allow the plants to drip dry then move them back to their locations.
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smokingdonkey
Apr 30, 2017 12:24 PM CST
greene said:The shower is a good place to do the spraying. Allow the plants to drip dry then move them back to their locations.

Your using the wrong sort of spray, you need a "MIST spray" this type of spray gives a very fine drop mist and can be used in a much better controled way.

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plantmanager
Apr 30, 2017 12:35 PM CST
The shower is good for them as it gets the dust off of them and raises the humidity for them, at least for a while.
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New York City (Zone 7b)
jungleboy
May 2, 2017 5:45 AM CST
Seems to be a lot of options out there for plant caddies i guess the look wouldn't be so bad.

I guess I can roll it to the bathroom, lift it into the tub and spray. I can take advantage and just put all the plants there too and just have a big spray session.

Thanks all for the input

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