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How To Rid Plants of Mildew

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your plants get affected from mildew

Is plant mildew getting you down? Many homeowners in Scottsdale,AZ, are frustrated by the growth of mildew on household plants, which is common in humid and wet climates; and they are not sure how to get rid of it. Fortunately, there are four steps that you can take to remove this pesky mildew.

1. Move the plant. If your mildew-affected plant is of the indoor, potted variety, consider moving it outdoors before doing anything else. The following steps explain why this migration is so important.

2. Wash your plant. Now that you’ve moved your plant outside, spray it with plain water to remove as much mildew as possible. This is especially important if the plant mildew is very prominent.

3. Cut off the mildew. If you can, cut off all the mildew. This is a necessary step to take because it can help improve the plant’s air circulation which should allow it to stay drier. If your plant is fully or almost fully covered in mildew growth, you may have to face the fact that the plant will not survive cutting.

4. Give it sun. Now that you have cleaned your plant and have it out in the open air, adding some warm, bright sunlight should help it stay dry and mildew-free. This final step is especially important if your plant keeps growing mildew.

Mildew Versus Mold

Many homeowners are confused about the difference between plant mildew and mold. Learning how to identify the two is an important additional step to take when trying to find a solution to your mildew problem. It is actually quite easy to tell mildew apart from mold, as mildew will never grow on anything besides a plant. In other words, the growth you see on walls, in the basement, or at other locations around the house is most likely mold and is probably not mildew. If you still have questions about the two or need help with mold and moisture issues, contact a mold remediation service near you.

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