It’s not uncommon to find mold in your houseplants’ potting soil. However, but following just a few steps you can prevent mold from attacking your plants.
5 Steps to Prevent Mold in Potting Soil
- Begin with sterile soil: When you purchase a new plant, repot it with sterile soil. You never know – your plant may have had mold in the soil ever since you got it at the store! Gently remove all the soil from the plants root ball and repot in new, sterile soil. Chances are the potting soil you purchase at the store has been sterilized already, but you can do it yourself in your oven if you want to be totally sure.
- Water plants only when dry: Indoor plant mold typically occurs when a plant is moist all the time. This usually takes place when you either over water or water on a schedule instead of on an as-needed basis. Before watering, check that the top of the soil is dry.
- Increase light exposure: Additional light is great and effective way to prevent mold on your indoor plants. Make sure your houseplants get lots of sunlight and that it falls on the soil.
- Add a fan: You can stop mold from forming in your plants soil if you make sure that there is good air circulation around the plant. Simply place an oscillating fan in the room and set it on a low speed. Pretty easy!
- Keep your houseplant tidy: Dead leaves and other dead organic material escalate the mold issue in your houseplants. Be sure to trim dead leaves and stems on a regular basis.
It just takes some extra effort to ensure that your plants are safe from mold manifesting in potting soil. However, if you find that it’s too late and your plants are already overcome with mold or mildew, treat the problem with Pure 3-Way. Once the issue is resolved, regularly spray your plants with Kapow to keep the mold away!