How do all the plants on tv shows, in magazines or in the plant shop have such lovely shiny lush leaves?? Well not only is it because they want them to look good, they also want them to grow and live!
Dust is everywhere and it’ll settle on the surface of a big indoor plant. Especially in the winter months as we have our homes locked up from the outside weather.
Plants need to breathe and photosynthesize. And they cannot do with this with a layer of dust sitting on them. Plants are more susceptible to disease and bugs attacking them if covered in dust. A house plant’s natural habitat is outdoors where they are exposed to wind and rain to wash this dust off.
Now, you can easily take them outside and give a spray with water and that’ll be sufficient, but if you really want some shine on them and want to be a dedicated plant mum like me, then you’ll go to the extreme… ha!
This is what I use – WHITE OIL. Just buy from Bunnings. While it’s used to kill bugs/disease, it’s also used for leaf gloss (says on the back).
See the leaves below on the left are milky and dull looking? That’s how I actually bought this plant. My Mum was concerned he might not be well. I said nope he’s good, he just needs a good clean up! So one Sunday morning at 7am I started cleaning my plants. My husband calls me a nutter haha… Seriously, it’s so satisfying! Spray the white oil on to a cloth (not the plant) and wipe over! So easy.
Now he’s looking awesome and ready to grow, grow, grow (fingers crossed he doesn’t just randomly die, which happens!). If you want some tips on how/when to water your indoor plants check out this blog post I wrote.
You might also like these tips on how to work out what’s wrong with your indoor plant.