Not only flowering plants need our attention, leafy plants also need to be cared for. Leafy plants in particular should please us with beautiful, shiny and healthy leaves. Therefore, they must also be maintained.
The right leaf care
Proper foliar care starts with regularly dusting your plants. You can either wipe them off with a soft duster or with a damp, soft cloth. Houseplants with large leaves in particular should be dusted every few weeks. You can also place the plants in the shower or tub and rinse them carefully with lukewarm water. It is important to ensure that the root ball of the plant is not too wet. To prevent this, you should cover the pot with a plastic bag. Be careful with houseplants with hairy or soft leaves: they don't like the moisture and can rot.
Humidity plays an important role
To keep the leaves from drying out and turning brown, you should spray them regularly with water. We recommend our FARBIO® glass spray bottle for this. It should be noted that you should only treat the leaves with low-lime water, otherwise lime stains will remain on the leaves.
Helping agents for shiny leaves
There is also the possibility to use leaf shine sprays. However, these often contain a lot of chemicals and in the event of an overdose, discoloration and staining of the leaves will quickly occur. That's why it's better to use natural remedies. An old household remedy for a beautiful leaf shine, especially with large-leaved plants, is rubbing the leaves with the inside of a banana peel. This both removes the dust and forms a kind of seal that protects the plant from dust for a certain period of time.
The right basic care makes the difference
The most important point, of course, is that the location requirements all have to be right. A plant in poor conditions cannot reach its full potential. You should therefore fertilize your plants regularly to guarantee a permanent, constant supply of nutrients. It is best to use an organic fertilizer and not chemical mace. Our FARBIO® organic fertilizer for green plants supports the development of lush green leaves. The lighting conditions should also correspond to the needs of your plants. For example, the Monstera only develops the classic large slotted leaves in good light conditions. In a dark location, other conditions can be perfect, but without light, leaves remain small with few, if any, slits. In addition, a healthy plant is less likely to be attacked by pests or fungi that can damage the leaves. If this is the case, you will find a number of tips in our magazine that will help you quickly.