How to wash the leaves of violets?
The darlings of most flower growers of senpolia are the main blossoming stars of our window sills. Unprincipled, although requiring special care, they conquer the beauty of velvet leaves no less than the touching grace of their flowers. Attractive rosettes of leaves at indoor violets only when the owners do not forget about hygiene. The purity of violet leaves is maintained easily by regular hygiene procedures. But even with the most careful care, sometimes there is still a need for bathing the saints. True, the edge and characteristics of the plant require great accuracy and proper adaptation of the plant after such traumatic procedures.
Is it possible (and why) to wash indoor violets?
Like any other indoor plants, violets attractively look only well-groomed, growing in the right conditions. Full-fledged care, including far from only basic procedures - watering and top dressing - this is the main guarantee that you will never have to wash Saintpaulia leaves. Regular cleaning of leaves from dust is the same important aspect of caring for uzambar violets, as well as their timely transplantation.
For violets belonging to pubescent indoor crops, cleaning is not carried out by classical methods. Instead of typically rubbing the leaves with a damp sponge or brushing on the violets, gently remove dirt with a soft brush. This is not the most interesting and fast process, but also not complicated.
Due to the regular removal of dust and other impurities from the surface of velvet and such pleasant to the touch violet leaves, most of the problems with this small but rather demanding room crop are prevented. And it's not just that the accumulation of dust interferes with normal photosynthesis and respiration. After all, leaf contamination is one of the main factors in the spread of pests and diseases.
Healthy and well-groomed violets do not need other leaf cleaning procedures. But there are many factors that go beyond the possibilities of classic care.
Strong contamination of indoor senpolia is quite common:
- upon purchase of dusty plants and new varieties affected during transportation;
- as a result of inaccurate watering or increased humidity, when drops of water fall on the leaves and dirt accumulates in these places;
- if violets are in a room with a high level of pollution (not only in offices, but also in the kitchen, lobby, etc.);
- when the hair of cats accumulates on the leaves;
- due to accumulation of building dust during repairs, etc.
The most common cause of contamination is the lack of regular cleaning procedures. Some gardeners refuse to regularly care for the leaves, give dust to accumulate in such quantities that it will be possible to deal with it only after bathing. Regular leaf cleaning and avoiding heavy contamination is the best option. But if for some reason you do not do this, then in this case the bathing of violets should be carried out with a frequency of at least 1 time in 3 months. The optimal frequency is 1 time per month. But such frequent stress is unlikely to benefit plants.
If similar problems arise in the development of the senpolia, then the list of procedures for cleaning leaves is not only desirable, but also needs to be expanded. Regardless of the reason, a strong accumulation of contaminants and dust on the leaves of Uzambara violets must be eliminated. And for this there is one single way - bathing violets. This procedure for the senpolia differs significantly from scrubbing and is more similar to the process of cleaning contaminants of luxurious fabrics, which require that they are carefully soaked. This is a very gentle, accurate washing of leaves, not affecting the center of the outlet.
The ability to wash the leaves of violets does not contradict the requirements for care to be careful, to prevent water from entering the leaves when watering, to refuse to spray and wipe the leaves. Bathing Saintpaulia is a measure for heavily contaminated plants that cannot be cleaned simply with a brush, as well as a vital condition for maintaining their health and beauty.
You should not be afraid to wash the leaves of violets. The plant is indeed one of the most common indoor plants with a dense edge on the leaves. Such cultures are purified with water in exceptional cases. But violets, unlike many other velvety stars, are not at all afraid of bathing. If this procedure is carried out correctly and all the rules are observed, washing the leaves will only benefit the Senpolis.
When can I wash the leaves of violets?
The only factor that determines the “possibility” of bathing violets is the need to clean them. The leaves of violets can be washed whenever you want, regardless of the cycle of their development. If the plants are very dusty, then washing the leaves is permissible during the flowering period. The presence of peduncles will somewhat complicate the process, because preserving the flowers from the smallest drops of water without harming them is, perhaps, a task for very neat flower growers. But if necessary, observing accuracy, you can wash blooming violets.
The only limitation that you should remember when choosing a time for bathing violets is the air temperature in the room. Violets are not recommended for bathing in winter, when there is a high risk that wet plants will suffer from drafts and low temperatures. But if you have stable conditions in your house, there is a place protected from any changes in room temperatures, you can safely decide to wash the contaminated leaves.
How to bathe violets?
The main thing to remember when washing the leaves of violets is the need to maintain a dry growth point and base of the leaves, and especially flower stalks. With sufficient experience and dexterity, you can simply cover the center of the bush with your hand and confine yourself to this measure only. But for better protection of indoor violets, you can apply additional measures:
- It is better to cover the soil in a container with a flower with a film or a bag so that water cannot get on it.
- Before washing, try to tilt the violet, work out the position of the hand and find the most convenient options.
- Prepare cotton pads, soft sponges and paper towels to quickly remove water in the center of the outlet or to cover it from getting wet.
Violet leaves are always washed under running, warm water. If there is no access to warm water, then large-capacity containers filled with water are used (one container is prepared in advance for washing itself, and the second for thorough rinsing). The temperature of the water is of great importance: neither cold nor too hot water is suitable.
The indicators should be slightly higher than the temperature in the room. It is better to use a spray or shower, but you can wash the senpolia even under low pressure water. Water quality also matters: washing with hard water can leave more stains and stains on the leaves than before the washing procedure.
Violet bathing techniques are different. Two washing strategies can be distinguished - without contact with the leaves and with a gentle washing of the leaves manually. The first strategy is to simply rinse under running water. It is used if the dirt is not too strong, there are no streaks or they are easily washed off and mainly for large leaves, dusty mainly along the edge of the leaf plates.
The second option involves a more thorough washing and greater invasiveness, but it also helps to cope with strong spots and stains that affected all the leaves.
Strategy 1. Washing with soap suds or wiping.
- Each leaf of the plant is washed one at a time, slightly tilting the violet for ease of use. You can use a soft pad to free both hands for work.
- If the pollution is not strong, stains remain from water or spraying, there is no need for soap, under a low pressure the leaf is washed, gently rubbing it with your fingers and trying to move in the direction of hair growth.
- If, in addition to dust, there are other contaminants that cannot be washed off with plain water, a neutral soap or detergent (liquid soap, shampoo, dishwashing detergent, organic non-abrasive cleaning products) is foamed in the hand and the foam is applied to the surface of the sheet by rubbing it gently. Complete the procedure by gently rinsing the foam with running water.
Strategy 2. Washing with running water without contact with hands.
- The violet is gently tilted and covered with flowers and the center of the outlet with a palm or a cotton pad.
- Contaminated sheets are substituted under a weak stream of running water, preventing it from falling further than in the middle of the sheet. The sheet is kept so inclined that water flows freely from its edge.
- Gently turning and tilting the bush, wash all contaminated sheets under running water.
- The plant is lightly shaken or put on paper towels to glass water.
The most difficult option is to contaminate not only the upper side of the leaf blades, but also the leaf turnover. To rinse the leaves from the back, the plant will have to be turned over, which requires reliable fixation of the earthen coma and retention of the entire plant. They wash the leaves from the back side gently, protecting the center of the plant. After completing the washing, the violet should be slightly shaken off to drain excess moisture and only then turn over.
To accelerate the drying process of leaves, you can use additional measures. Using a soft sponge or paper towel, you can gently wet the surface of wet leaves, thereby removing excess water and reducing the risk of it spreading to the center of the outlet. Drying with a sponge or cloth is the only way to save the violet, even if the center of the outlet gets wet due to inaccuracy.
Adaptation after bathing violets
The most important rule in washing the leaves of violets is to place them after the procedure in special conditions. Just to return the bushes to their original place, and even more so - to the previous lighting - this is a huge mistake. Violets must dry completely and recover before they have to face the light.
Dry the wet leaves of violets after bathing in the dark or at least in partial shade under diffuse soft lighting. They are exposed in mild room temperatures and in a dark place, they are not watered and are not subjected to any other manipulations until the leaves have completely dried out and their usual velvetiness of the edge is restored.
Another important factor is complete protection against any drafts and temperature differences. Plants literally need to be protected from any traumatic factors.
It is better to supplement the bathing of the senpolia by thoroughly cleaning the growing place and other sanitary measures. Cleaning the outside of the pots, cleaning pallets of deposits, cleaning the windowsill or the shelf on which the plant stands are simple measures that are convenient to combine with washing the leaves.