How to Wash your Plants

How to Wash your Plants

It’s shower time… At least for your plants… A short guide on how to wash your plants.

If you are living in an old Barcelona flat like mine, then you will have realised that it will be super dusty.. Totally no fault of our own of course, these old flats produce dust so quickly. This is an issue for us, and also our plants. With so much dust settling on the leaves, it can not only affect the rate of photosynthesis, but also increases the risk of harmful bacteria or pests taking over our plants.

I am a big believer in Nature and all of her wonders, so my method for this is… when it rains, I run and take all my plants outside for a quick shower.

The rain is a natural cleaner for plants and leaves, the raindrops bounce off the leaves and washes them easily. This method is great because it also waters your plants for you. Win-win! After it has stopped raining, I take some tissue and wipe the leaves anyway to remove anything that the rain missed. Important to note – I use different pieces of tissue for each leaf, fern, or strand. It’s important NOT to spread or share what is on the leaves with the others around it.

This process is a great time to check the health of your plants, as you are being close and intimate with them, you can check how the soil is doing, looking for new growth, any decaying or dead parts for removal, and importantly, for any unwanted pests making the plant home.

Other methods to wash your plants:

  • A solution of luke-warm water and dish-soap – diluted to a minimal concentration, a drop or two for 500ml. Cold water should be avoided as it can leave spots on the leaves, remember most of your houseplants will be tropical, and are not used to cold conditions.
  • If you find that your plant has an infestation of a pest, increase the concentration of dish-soap in the solution. A higher concentration will likely kill the pests without harming the plant. Make sure to wash thoroughly with water after removing the pests.
  • Manually dry the leaves with some fresh tissue, as some plant matter could be damaged if it is left too wet in the sun, after leave the plant to dry in a cool, windy place for a little while. I like to do both for my plants.

How to clean Plants with fuzzy leaves:

The best method I have found to remove dust and dirt, is to use a small, soft paintbrush. It is easy to remove almost anything with this utensil and you don’t need to use water for it. Remember to disinfect the paintbrush before using it on the next plant!

If you want to learn more about plant care, come and check out PlantekaFest! Our whole community will be there to share tips and plant love. Join us also!

Plant love, Planteka

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