Air humidity Gardening Houseplants

Shower With Your Plants

A quick shower can be very beneficial to indoor plants. Source:

Dust, dirt and cooking oils that accumulate on the leaves of houseplants significantly reduce the light that reaches their cells and also cuts back on their respiration. A monthly shower with tepid water, either in the sink for small plants or right in the shower stall for taller ones, helps clean the leaves …and may well remove a few insects that might be hiding among the leaves.

To keep the soil of your houseplants from washing down the drain while you rinse them, simply cover it with a piece of cloth.

It’s best to give plants their shower in the morning so the leaves will have time to dry out before night. This is especially true of hairy-leaved plants, as their leaves are slower to dry.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

2 comments on “Shower With Your Plants

  1. Jennifer Brawley

    Hello from a dull U.K. could you please write about staking trees. Do we really need to do this? The mountain ash that self seeded in my garden seem to do well without stakes.

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