So after the pollen falls, I take my plants outdoors, line them up on the deck and give them a shower. The pollen rolls off the leaves, but sometimes I’m left with a little residue which causes water spots. So I gently wipe down each leaf. It takes a while to cover some of the multi-leafed plants (I’m looking at you, schefflera), but in the end, everyone looks happier, healthier, and shiny.
Do you get water spots on your leaves? If you water from above (and water hits the leaves), you might.
So what causes water spots? If you have hard water, you may see lime deposits on the leaves. See the faint round white circles on the leaf above? This white crusty residue can be removed by wiping leaf surfaces with soft cloth dipped into a solution of vinegar and water (1 tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 quart of distilled or rainwater).
What not to use when cleaning plant leaves:
--cleaning wipes with alcohol
--glasses lens cleaner
Wiping leaves clean once in a while also helps them healthy—whether you see spots or not.
Learn more about watering plants indoors--and out.
Written by Karen Weir-Jimerson