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Houseplant Mold Prevention Tips

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Many people have houseplants in their homes - they are used for both decoration and for helping to improve air quality.  Unfortunately, houseplants can also be the source of mold.  Since plants require a lot of moisture to survive, it makes them the perfect feeding grounds for mold.

Mold needs 3 things to thrive - food, oxygen, and moisture.  Organic matter, such as soil and leaves, are some of mold's favorite foods. To prevent active growth in plants, treat them just like any other parts of your home. That is to control the moisture levels. Listed below are mold prevention tips that will lower the chances of houseplant mold.

  • don't over water - follow the watering instructions that came with the plant
  • cinnamon - this natural, harmless, anti-fungal substance can be added to the soil
  • gravel - adding gravel to the bottom of the soil will help the plant drain more efficiently

By following these tips, you can still enjoy the benefits of having plants in your home.

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