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What Is Mildew and How Can You Get it Off Your Plants?

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

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Plant mildew, unlike other types of mold that you might find growing in your home in Tuckahoe, NY, is a type of parasitical fungus that grows only on living plants. You can often tell if one of your plants has been infected by mildew if you can see a white powdery residue on its surface. Since mildew can potentially kill your plant and spread to other plants close by, you will want to rid of it as quickly as possible!

Removal Methods

To stop mildew growth on your plants, try the following methods:

  • Move the plant outdoors into the sun
  • Wash the plant with water around its roots
  • Spray it with mildewcide or fungicide
  • Prune heavily infected areas

Removal Product Options

If you choose to try a mildewcide to tackle a plant mildew problem, you will need to consider the type of plant you are applying it to. If you are treating a plant that you don’t intend to eat, then you are okay to use a chemical fungicide. However, if the infected plant or is intended to be consumed, you will want to use more natural mildewcides that are intended for use on edible plants. No matter what, stay away from mold removal products that are intended to be used on building surfaces since there is a good chance they will kill the plant.

Mildew Prevention

Once you have cleared your plant of mildew growth, you will want to take the following preventative actions:

  • Keep indoor humidity at acceptable levels
  • Ensure soil is fertilized correctly
  • Regularly remove weeds
  • Clear away leaves and other plant debris
  • Disinfect any tools used to remove mildew
  • Consider using mildew resistant potting soil

Luckily, if plant mildew is addressed quickly there’s a good chance your plant can be recovered. Remember, that mildew does not grow on other surfaces, so if you see mold on other places in your home contact a mold remediation specialist right away!

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