Milk and Cinnamon

by Colleen Rochette

After initial greetings, I thoroughly examined the new company that landed upon my doorstep. Surely enough, they arrived wearing way too much! Both C.  skinneri and Bl. Yellow Bird were caked in hard water and fertilizer residue. The Cattleya also had some partially snapped leaves.

Fortunately enough, my girlfriend Natasha throws some tiny, shiny, sturdy vessels. These float around my apartment providing themselves useful on a moment’s notice. Would the little blue pot remove the blemishes? No, but the goats milk held within it’s demure curves would. Milk, really? Yes, really.

And to fix those bent, cracked leaves? A little snip with sterile shears and a dab of cinnamon on those open wounds prove to be beneficial as a natural fungicide. When applying cinnamon, make sure to keep the application as local as possible. Cinnamon can suck the moisture out of living things pretty easily, so keep those little roots in mind when applying. When wounds tend to be on the larger side, a mixture of Physan 20 is also a good friend to have.

IMG_4673Apply milk with a paper towel and rub dry. Milk cleans and removes the hard residue on the leaf. Leaves are left fresh, with a beautiful eggshell finish. And mini jam jars make the perfect little cinnamon pots!

IMG_4664Every single one of their leaves had to be cleaned…