Mold and Your Home’s Plants

Having houseplants in your home is a great way to purify your air. The plants take your expelled carbon dioxide, turn it into oxygen, and send that fresh oxygen out into your home for you to breathe. However, like your home, your plants can be terrorized by mold growth which then makes them more of a detriment to the air than a benefit. There are a number of things that can cause mold growth on your plants like overwatering, lack of sunlight, or poor maintenance. Mold growth on the plant itself or the soil can not only be harmful for the plant, but for you and your family. Luckily, there are simple ways of removing the mold from your houseplants.

Mold and Your Home's Plants

Mold in the Soil

The most common mold on your home’s plants is found in the soil. More often than not, the mold is contained to the top layer of soil which means you can easily scoop that layer away. That top layer mold isn’t harmful to you or your family, but if left long enough, your plant is susceptible to root rot. If you find that the mold has gone deeper into the soil than the top layer, it is best to repot your plant. Once the mold is removed or your plant is repotted, let the soil dry out before you start watering your plant again. You should continue to let your soil dry in between each time you water to reduce the chances of the mold growing back. After your soil is mold free, add a natural anti-fungal to it like cinnamon, baking soda, or apple cider vinegar. This will help reduce mold growth in the future.

Mold on the Plant

Mold and your home’s plants can react in two different ways: active and inactive mold. Active mold will appear soft and fuzzy, while inactive or dormant mold will appear powdery. It is best to figure out which mold you have before you begin removing it. Knowing which type you have will better determine how to get rid of it. After identifying the type of mold, take your plant outside in the sun and away from any other trees or plants so you don’t spread the mold. Next you want to dampen a paper towel and begin wiping the mold off your plant. Don’t keep using the same part of the paper towel otherwise you will just be simply spreading the mold instead of removing it. If mold is still visible after wiping off your plant, you will need to cut off the affected branches. Once all the affected areas are removed and the mold is gone, spray your plant with fungicide that can be found at your local gardening store. This will help prevent the mold from growing back.

Mold and Your Home’s Plants: Prevention

The best way to prevent mold growth on your plants is to keep your plants in a temperature around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, let the soil dry at least 3 inches down in between each watering, and keep your plants in an area that has good air circulation.  For more plant mold removal techniques or prevention tips contact MicroZyme Technologies today at 1-866-920-6653.

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