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Hard Water Stains on Plants...Any Tricks to Removing Them?

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by Nick F. on January 05, 2005 10:17 PM
I inherited a tank Bromeliad and some Christmas Cactus that has these really awesome salmon-colored blooms. Healthy plants all. Except they have whitish, powdery stains that I believe are the result of watering with really hard water over time.

Does anyone know of any remedies for "cleaning" them? Removing hard water buildup in the faucet or the coffee pot is easy with white vinegar. Or CLR. But what about plants?

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by Jiffymouse on January 06, 2005 03:45 AM
for shiney leaved plants, a damp cloth gently rubbed over the affected leaf should do the trick.

for the fuzzy leaved plants like african violets, they are trickier. i haven't actually be successful with anything with them. they live in spite of me [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] ...

good luck and let us know!

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