How to Use Lemon Juice on Orchids

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Using lemon juice on orchids has a number of wonderful affects on their health. Use lemon juice on orchids with help from a gardening expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Chris Karl. I'm a horticulturalist with Ambiance, and I'm here today at the Laguna Beach Nursery in Southern California and I'm going to show you how to use lemon juice for your orchids. There's two things you can do with lemons and orchid plants. The first thing is using lemon juice as a preservative for cut blooms. What you're going to do is you're going to put two teaspoons of lemon juice, fresh squeezed lemon juice, one teaspoon of bleach and one teaspoon of common sugar into a quart of lukewarm water. You're then going to add that into your orchid plant covering about a third of the stem and your orchids then should last you for at least another two to three weeks. The other thing you can do with lemons is clean the orchids. Cleaning orchid plants is pretty with lemon juice. What you're going to do is take a sponge, you are going to squeeze a little lemon juice onto the sponge and you're going to wipe the orchids. But you only want to wipe on the top of the orchid, not underneath. Underneath is the stomata which helps the light absorb into the leaf. So only use the sponge on top of the orchid leaf using the lemon juice to clean it, taking away any minerals or residue that you see on the leaf. And those are the two uses for lemon juice on an orchid plant. I'm Chris Karl with Ambiance.

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