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The very thing that keeps the plants alive is the one thing that has a long term negative effect on the plants.
The tap water used in watering indoor plants or office plants contains chlorine, fluoride and other soluble salts. Over time these soluble salts accumulate in the pot or planter and have no where to go. In an outdoor environment, these salts would be washed away with rainfall and other medium of natural precipitation.
The indoor plants would eventually absorb these soluble salts and over time this would cause spotting on the leaves.
To get rid of soluble salts, you would have to take the plant out of the pot or planter and wash away all the soil from the roots, get new soil and replant. This process is a very tricky one as it obviously an outdoor activity. The weather must be above 18 degrees C as to avoid a temperature shock to the root system.
After doing the 'soil wash', the next challenge is to see how the plant reacts to the trauma. It's not uncommon for some plants to shed leaves, wilt or even die. Most will survive the trauma but will take a while to bounce back to a normal vibrant health.
A 'soil wash' is not practical and most of the times not possible in an office or indoor environment. At Danny Tropicals we simple provide fresh new plants to our clients when soluble salts become an issue.