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    cleaners and plants

    I need to wash some mold fromthe shady side of my house. It has vinyl siding. They do not recommend using the high pressure sprayers. The area is right above out hosta beds. What cleaner can I use that won't damage the plants? Would baking soda be a good choice? ANy ideas appreciated.
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    hmm.... I don't have a definite answer, but baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. The sodium part might not be so good to the plants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sue salley View Post
    I need to wash some mold fromthe shady side of my house. It has vinyl siding. They do not recommend using the high pressure sprayers. The area is right above out hosta beds. What cleaner can I use that won't damage the plants? Would baking soda be a good choice? ANy ideas appreciated.
    Sue,

    went to ask.com and got several leads:http://www.answers.com/How%20to%20cl...vinyl%20siding

    This site seems to have the best solutions:http://www.stretcher.com/stories/03/03aug11a.cfm


    A MILD bleach solution when sprayed off should not harm the Hosta and other plants. You will be rinsing the surface with plain water so that will dilute the bleach even more. I do NOT recommend using vinegar as the residue would be too acidic for the Hosta no matter how diluted it is! Another advantage of using bleach (10:1 rate) is that it will kill any critters that might like to munch on the Hosta (snails, slugs and other creepy crawlers!


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    The only thing I have found that will actually kill mildew/mold is chlorine bleach (Clorox type). A 10-20 percent solution should do the trick. If it is a large area, mix it in pump up sprayer, then rinse with a water hose sprayer.
    Water the hosta first, then rinse afterward. If the stains are heavy you may need to use a soft scrub brush to remove it all.
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    Sue,

    I have used JOMAX cleaner. You just spray it on with a gentle sprayer, then rinse off. It will not hurt your plants or at least, it did not hurt mine.

    http://www.zinsser.com/product_detail.asp?ProductId=65
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    This comes directly from the Jomax material data sheet.

    Quote:
    "Application Data
    Mixing Instructions - Shake well before using. Mix in the
    proper proportions with bleach and water (80% water,
    15% bleach, and 5% Jomax®) according to label
    directions."

    Hmmm, wonder what the bleach is for? Could it be - to kill the mildew?
    Tom W
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom View Post
    This comes directly from the Jomax material data sheet.

    Quote:
    "Application Data
    Mixing Instructions - Shake well before using. Mix in the
    proper proportions with bleach and water (80% water,
    15% bleach, and 5% Jomax®) according to label
    directions."

    Hmmm, wonder what the bleach is for? Could it be - to kill the mildew?


    Tom,

    Ya think??!! So whadaya need the "Jomax" for then???

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    Thanx all for the replies. I figured bleach would hurt the plants. i will have to find a long handled brush as I am allergic to bleach. Mostly just teh smell so I guess if diluted and outside it will be okay.
    Thanx again.
    tennessee sue

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    SUE,

    CHECK OUT THIS PRODUCT:

    http://www.traskresearch.com/order.h...FQEeDQodhHUmcQ


    REBECCA
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    I routinely soak incoming daylilies in a bleach solution to sterilize the roots and prevent introducing soil borne virus or fungus from an area that is not native to FL soil.
    I usually use a capful of bleach to about 2 quarts of water.
    Daylilies are the Lord's smile, a new one everyday

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