Gardening Ideas forum: Give Your Houseplants a Shower

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Name: Deborah
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Deebie
Sep 18, 2017 2:37 PM CST
Yes, give your houseplants a shower with lukewarm water, to wash away dust, smoke and other residues which can accumulate on plant leaves over time. This is especially true for those kept indoors year round (or during the winter months).

Edited to add:
You can place the plants in a bathtub and just shower them. A kitchen sink or laundry tub with a sprayer will work fine, as well. If it's wintertime, you have to do this indoors, so as not to shock the plant with the cold temperatures. Otherwise, this can be done outdoors. For plants with large leaves, you can use a soft cloth with a little soap or even Murphy's oil soap, especially if spider mites or other pests are present.

You can also dislodge dirt, especially on fuzzy or prickly leaves, with a hair dryer set on cool or low.
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Sep 18, 2017 4:39 PM CST
I love this @Deebie. It looks like a great thing to do when you need to move them anyway to dust and clean away any debris that may have fallen from the plants. It'd be a good time to remove any yellow or dead leaves too!

Waaaay overdue for all of this in my house.... *Blush*
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Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Charter ATP Member Amaryllis Region: United States of America Tropicals Seed Starter Plumerias
Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Echinacea
Deebie
Sep 18, 2017 5:06 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
Sep 18, 2017 5:20 PM CST
Deebie great idea! I must add this to my fall prep list - thanks Thumbs up

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