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Tips for Preventing and Getting Rid of Plant/Soil Mold

Houseplants are lovely additions to our homes. Not only do they help liven up our living spaces, some research suggests that they even help to reduce stress. However, one disadvantage to having them around for allergy suffers is that through them mold can be introduced into the home. Luckily, there are ways of getting rid of and preventing mold from forming on your plants and the soil that nourishes them.

Preventing Plant and Soil Mold

  • Start with sterile soil: If you are bringing in a plant from outdoors do not assume that the soil in which it rests is clean. Repot this soil and make sure that the soil you use for your plants is sterile by either buying new soil from the store or by sterilizing it in the oven.
  • Never over water the soil: By keeping the soil around your plants moist at all times you are creating the perfect conditions for mold to form. Allow the soil to dry thoroughly before re-watering. For plants that thrive in moist soil, let the surface dry slightly before re-watering.
  • Remove dead leaves: Make sure that you remove rotting leaves as they are a source for fungal growth. Also, make sure that your plants get plenty of sunlight to keep the soil and the plant from staying too wet.
  • Provide good air circulation: Set up an oscillating fan near your plants to increase the air circulation around them.

Removing Plant and Soil Mold

  • Scoop away the mold: Remove small mold spots from the soil around your plants with a scoop. Also, be sure to wear gloves and a mask to prevent contact with the mold.
  • Allow the soil to dry: After removing the moldy soil, allow the dirt to dry before re-watering the plant. You may also wish to repot the soil with sterile soil.
  • Add a natural anti-fungal to your soil: Cinnamon, baking soda, or apple cider vinegar can all act as natural anti-fungals. One solution you may wish to use is a solution of 3 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and 1 gallon of water to help protect your plant and the soil around it from fungi. plant mold

In short, controlling mold growth on your plants and in the soil that nourishes it will make your entire household more attractive and healthier. Small mold problems can sometimes be controlled by homeowners. However, for larger problems you need restoration water damage experts. They can help with mold remediation in the wake of problems caused by flooding or where mold damage may be extensive.

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