Whether a lush fern or a lively English ivy, house plants add life to our homes. The beautiful colors and fresh scents can fill a room and liven up blank walls. Many house plants are incredibly easy to care for, requiring little effort. However, disease can strike any plant, leaving you feeling helpless. If you find that powdery mildew has become an issue for your plants, follow these steps for treatment:
- Give your plants a good once-over, inspecting them carefully for any signs of powdery mildew. If your plants are affected, you’ll notice a white or gray powdery coating on the leaves, and maybe even the stems and flowers. These areas may appear crumpled or distorted.
- Powdery mildew can attack any plant, but the most commonly affected plants are African violet, jade plant, begonia, Kalanchoe and ivy, so be sure to keep a close eye on them.
- Clip off any parts affected by powdery mildew. Be sure to clean your pruners or scissors very well with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer after each cut so you don’t spread the fungus that causes powdery mildew.
- Remove and destroy all pruned plant material. Remember to throw it in the garbage rather than your compost pile, which will only spread the fungus.
- Affected plants should be treated using Pure 3-Way. Pure 3-Way is an organic fungicide that incorporates natural ingredients, including lemongrass oil, to treat and fight off plant disease, mold and mildew.
- Arrange your houseplants to provide them with ample ventilation and air circulation. Lack of proper air circulation is key in the growth of the dreaded powdery mildew.
Once your plants have been treated, we recommend applying Green Thumb to your plants regularly. Green Thumb, like Pure 3-Way, uses lemongrass oil to not only prevent mold and mildew, but also stop pests and benefit your foliage.