How to Apply Your Own Leaf Shine Properly

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Leaf shine – Do you have any idea why some people can have shiny houseplants that have perfectly shining leaves?

Their trick is to apply leaf shine.

The spray is applied to leaves to make a plant appear more appealing.

Florists are particularly fond of to enhancing the foliage of their floral arrangements.

They’re spraying the leaf with this.

They also often spray it on the plants they sell.

Is Leaf Shine Safe For Plants?

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Leaf shine has been proven to be able to make plants glossy and look more attractive.

However, are they safe to use?

Manufacturers claim they are.

They say they remove dust, dirt, and lime deposits, help the leaves breathe better, reduce evaporation and prevent dust from recurring.

And, of course, that they “leave the foliage glossy and bright,” which is apparently a desirable thing.

It is true that, in general, these products are not terribly harmful: your plants won’t keel over and die immediately after you apply them. However, they’re not without undesirable side effects either.

What makes things complicated is the ingredients often seem to be a company secret. It’s hard to know what they contain.

And each leaf shine product is different.

Some contain silicone, others different oils and waxes.

All these are products that can do some harm if not properly applied.

The principal purpose behind the majority of the leaf polishes is for making your plant visually appealing and shiny.

Even the labels tout “beautifying” the foliage.

It is true that wiping a leaf, generally can remove dirt from the surface.

However, these sprays and shines are usually made from harsh oils, and sometimes chemical substances that are deposited on the surface of the leaf.

This may cause buildup and block the pores (stomata) and hindering the process of respiration, thereby hinder the growth of plants.

Not only are they unhealthy and shinny, but leaves that shine can appear fake.

How to Make Your Own Leaf Shine

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Although it’s fairly secure to apply, using a store-bought leaf shine can be harmful to the well-being of your plants.

At Outside In, we recommend creating an own version of your leaf’s shine to allow you to regulate the ingredients and understand what your plants are exposed to.

Making a homemade plant spray from your own home offers the opportunity to improve and clean your plants.

The mixture will remove and ward off dust, dirt insects, pests, and difficult water spots.

It will also give a subtle sheen to your leaves while the nature of your plant will be exposed.

Here’s how to make your own leaf shine easily.

The first thing you should do to make your own leaf shines is prepared a few ingredients.

The ingredients to be used include 2 cups of water, 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar, and 2 drops of castile/dish soap.

You can also add 2 drops of coconut oil to get a more glossy finish.

Then, mix all the ingredients together well.

When you’ve mixed all the ingredients it is possible to apply it on leaves with spray bottles or apply a cloth to the mixture.

Whatever method you choose, be sure you use a soft fabric (like microfiber) to shield the leaves from injury.

Another way to reduce the possibility of spreading diseases or pests among plants is to use disposable tissue for every plant.

You can clean the cloth thoroughly with hot water after every use.

Hygiene First

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Maintaining your potted plants clean up is crucial for their health over time and long-term survival.

Water spots, dust, insects’ eggs, tiny oil droplets that condense into oily film and other foreign objects can end up in leaf surfaces of plants, making photosynthesis difficult or even impossible.

Photosynthesis is how plants transform carbon dioxide and sunlight to produce food.

However, dust particles and other particles can create a curtain that blocks sunlight from the leaves of your plants and even clog the stomata, which are tiny pores that are usually found on the leaf’s undersides that let them breathe.

In addition, the proper maintenance of your plant’s aid in photosynthesis, and also helps keep the stomata free of debris and free of debris.

It can also assist you to manage certain diseases and pests like mealy bugs spider mites, and powdery mildew.

Cleanse the plants by dusting leaves with the feather duster, a gentle brush, or a clean cloth to get rid of any gunk.

After that, prior to using it for another plant, clean your plant, or spray with alcohol according to your needs, to remove bugs that may have hitched to ride.

After dusting, take the plant to the outside and spray on the foliage with a gentle mist out of the shower hose or put the plant in your tub or shower, and then spray the leaves with a handheld or fixed shower head.

You can also clean the underside and top of each leaf using a dampened sponge or paper towel.

Blot off any water that has accumulated on the leaves using a clean paper towel.

Allow the plant to air dry before applying the leaf shine.

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How to Apply Leaf Shine Properly?

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Before starting to apply leaf shine on your plants, you should first clean the leaves.

It is important to regularly remove the leaves from your plants to ensure they are clean and healthy.

This will ensure that they function correctly.

Because dirt, dust, and dander naturally accumulate on the surfaces in indoor plants this accumulation of these substances can hinder the plant’s ability to absorb sunlight.

This can affect photosynthesis as well as the ability of the plant to develop.

Utilizing a gentle, natural spray to wash the leaves will help to strip off any tough dirt, and keep the plant safe and secure.

To prevent the spread of disease is also helpful to keep your plants clean to prevent the spread of insects and diseases before they become visible.

In many cases, once we spot the damage, it becomes harder to eliminate.

The ability to identify issues prior to them arising is crucial.

When to Apply Leaf Shine?

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Although there isn’t a set timeframe to clean your plant, we suggest at least once a month.

Be aware that this spray is suitable for specific foliage, and shouldn’t be applied to delicate leaves, such as fuzzy leaves.

In the end, keeping your houseplants in top condition can assist in the growth process’ long-term viability, endurance, and longevity.

Also, avoid applying leaf shine at the following times:

  • In hot weather;
  • On sunny days;
  • When the leaves are wet;
  • On young shoots.

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