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How To Make Your Plant Leaf Glossy: A Step-by-Step Guide

Glossy leaf

Did you know that healthy plants make homes look greener and more appealing? A lush, green garden with lots of plants is known to have a positive impact on our mental health— it makes us happier and calmer. 

But in real life, creating an appealing visual isn’t as easy as we think. Fortunately, there are many tricks to liven up your plants and make them look healthier. Glossy leaves are one of the easiest ways to do this.

 They don’t just brighten things up a bit; they also make your plant appear larger than it actually is, which is a plus if you have a small living space. Let’s learn how to make your plant leaf glossy! 

Why Do We Want Our Plant Leaves To Be Glossy?

A glossy plant is a healthy plant. It means that your plant’s soil is just right. If your plant’s leaves are glossy, it’s a sign that you’re doing a great job with its care. If your plant’s leaves are dull, that means something is amiss.

If you notice that your plant’s leaves are dull, you should check its soil for signs of overwatering or not enough watering.

If you find that nothing is out of the ordinary, you should take it to a professional. Healthy leaves are easy to clean, easy to look at, and easy on the eyes. A plant with glossy leaves is less likely to spread diseases and more likely to survive outside if you have a garden.

3 Tips To Help You Make Your Plant’s Leaves Glossy

These are the things that you should do every time you water your plant.

  1.  Never use tap water. Tap water has minerals in it that aren’t good for your plant. Instead, use bottled water or distilled water. Tap water only hastens the process of your plant dying.
  2. Never use too much water. Yes, you’re supposed to water your plant, but you’re supposed to do it correctly. If your plant’s soil is constantly damp, you’ll stunt its growth.
  3. Always let the water drain out of the pot before you put your plant back down. You can use a paper towel to soak up the excess water. These are the things that you should do every time you fertilize your plant. 1. Don’t overdo it. Just like with watering, it’s just as bad to overfeed your plant as it is to underfeed it. 2. Feed your plant at the right time. Feed your plant in the fall or spring when it’s starting to flower. Plants don’t need to be fed in the hot summer months as they do most of their growing in the spring and fall.

How to make your plant leaf glossy with coconut oil

Coconut oil is a powerful moisturizer that can help restore your plant’s health. First, mix coconut oil with water in a one-to-five ratio. Next, take a paintbrush and gently apply the mixture to the leaves. Leave it on for a few hours before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Your plant’s leaves will be glossy and healthy as a result.

It’s recommended that you use coconut oil once every two weeks to keep your plant healthy. Coconut oil is a great choice for indoor plants too.

Not only does it keep your plant healthy, but it also has a pleasing scent! But be careful not to use too much coconut oil; it can actually cause your plant to have too much salt in its soil if you’re not careful.

How to make your plant leaf glossy with Vaseline

As we discussed earlier, one of the biggest reasons that leave become glossy is due to too little water. What you can do about that is smother your plant’s leaves in Vaseline. Yes, you read that right. You can treat your plant’s leaves with Vaseline to make them glossy.

Why? Because Vaseline is a sealant and will help trap water in your plant’s leaves, making them glossy. Start by mixing Vaseline with water in a one-to-three ratio.

Next, paint this mixture onto your plant’s leaves. Wait for about an hour before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Again, this is a treatment that you should do once every two weeks to keep your plant healthy.

How to make your plant leaf glossy with dish soap and water

If you’re wondering why dish soap is on this list, let us explain. While it’s not something that you should use all the time, dish soap is a quick fix to make your plant’s leaves glossy. Simply mix dish soap with water in a one-to-three ratio.

Once you’ve done that, apply the mixture to your plant’s leaves with a paintbrush and let it sit for a few hours before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.

Dish soap cleans off dirt and grime from your plant, so it’s great for sprucing up your indoor houseplants. However, don’t use dish soap for outdoor plants, as it can damage their leaves. 

How to make your plant leaf glossier with baby oil

It’s not just for new moms or for putting on toddlers. Baby oil is one of the best ways to make your plant’s leaves glossy. Mix one part of baby oil with two parts of water. Once you’ve done that, use a paintbrush to apply the mixture onto your plant’s leaves.

Leave the mixture on for one or two hours before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Baby oil is great for indoor plants of all varieties, including succulents and cacti.

It’s easy to use and can be applied right before you put your plant to bed. Baby oil is also a cheaper alternative to coconut oil. That’s because coconut oil is usually more expensive than baby oil.

Conclusion

A well-kept garden is a surefire way to impress your guests and make your home look more appealing. But caring for plants can be tricky, especially if you’re new to gardening. Once you learn how to make your plant leaf glossy, you’ll be well on your way to creating a lush, healthy garden.

Written by Chris Buckland

Hello, I’m Chris. I’m a houseplant expert. I have been Cultivating and Growing Houseplants for 20 years. Plants are like my children. I love to write about Indoor plants and share my experience. That's why I started writing everything I know about houseplants.

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