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Leaf Polish

I don't know if a person can still buy leaf polish or stuff to make them shine. But I remember seeing a product to spray on house plants... rubber trees, and philodendron especially to make the leaves beautiful and very shiny. In fact, I used it from time to time to just bring out the beauty of the plant.

Last week, I had a spray bottle of sugar water to use on my honeybees. I sat it down near my seedlings. Later on, I misted the seedlings, and my houseplants... I noticed after the fact that it was the sugar water... too late, but surely it wouldn't seriously hurt them.

I have the shiniest plants imaginable. They are very glossy! I don't imagine that plain granulated sugar dissolved in water would seriously hurt the plants. They may become dust magnets... but they sure are pretty!
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Re: Leaf Polish

Interesting! It shouldn't hurt the plants, but besides being a dust magnet, it could become an ant magnet.
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Re: Leaf Polish

I have this fun book called something like "Granny's Secrets". It's a compilation of household tips that various grannys have passed down the generations -- stuff like "use sodawater on wine stains" and "pick up grime from wood joints with kneaded bread (dough)" etc.

...One of them is "houseplant leaf polish" and the tip described is to use undiluted leftover milk. 8)
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Re: Leaf Polish

The product is actually called leaf shine but you can make a homemade version with milk.
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Re: Leaf Polish

wouldn't the milk get smelly? It does when I use it as fungal preventative outdoors.
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Re: Leaf Polish

My nose is not sensitive enough to pick up the very small quantity of milk that I use as a fungicide/foliar feed. But, I can tell where I used it, the leaves have residue, a cloudy looking area due to the minerals and fats in the milk. And I only use it diluted about 4 to 1 part milk.

I guess to prevent ants in my plants, I need to add cinnamon to the pot! Cinnamon works pretty good in beehives, to deter ants.
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Re: Leaf Polish

Leaf shine can be made with equal parts milk and water. It is an old trick. But, cleaning your leaves of dust regularly will give it a natural shine.
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