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How To Save Your Plants From Mildew

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Few things bring life to your home in Yavapai County the way houseplants do. Plants clean the air and brighten up the room. Sometimes, plants get sick, though. The white powdery substance you find on the leaves is plant mildew. As long as your plant is not already dead, however, there is still hope to save it. Unlike mold remediation, you can probably remedy the problem yourself with some extra care. Here are six tips to help prevent or save your plants from mildew.

1. Move the plant outside. The air inside your home tends to be more stagnant than the fresh air outside. Increasing air flow can help control the moisture that led to the mildew growth.

2. Remove infected areas and debris. Some parts of the plant may not be able to be salvaged, so you can prune those parts off. Remove any leaves or debris that are crowding the plant.

3. Spray plant with mildewcide. There are products that are specifically formulated to combat plant mildew. Avoid harsher chemicals, especially if the plant is meant to be edible.

4. Water the plant at the roots. One of the causes of mildew on plants is excess moisture on the leaves. The effects of rain are often counteracted by the rays of the sun, but indoor conditions cannot compensate for frequent watering from above.

5. Introduce it to the sun. Sunshine has a natural drying effect on the leaves of a plant. It also infuses important nutrients that support overall health into the plant's cells.

6. Disinfect tools. If you used your gardening tools on your infected plant, chances are that some of the mildew escaped onto the tools. To be safe, disinfect your tools with mildewcide before using them again.

If you want to prevent plant mildew, monitor the moisture and air flow around the plant. If your plant already has mildew, taking these steps can save its life.

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