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by Ginette on May 24, 2005 10:06 PM
Hello, I would like to know what to use to make the leaves shine. Can I use vegetable oil?
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Ginette bourqueg@nbnet.nb.ca
by tkhooper on May 24, 2005 10:14 PM
Hi Ginette,

I wouldn't plants breath through their leaves and I'm not sure oil would be a good idea. They have stuff called leaf shine that is made for doing that. But a little water and a gentle hand would probably work just as well.
by Will Creed on May 27, 2005 03:29 AM
Hi Ginette,

Vegetable oil is OK, but a little mineral oil is better and less inclined to attract pests or cause an odor.

Plants absorb light through the tops of their leaves, so a light coating of oilswill not cause a problem. The "breathing" pores are on the undersides of the leaves and should not be clogged with oils.

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