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How To Manage Houseplant Mildew

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

photo shows some leaves of roses infected by blackspot fungus Finding plant mildew in your Anaheim, CA, home can be a frustrating experience

Action Steps To Remediate The Issue

Finding plant mildew in your Anaheim, CA, home can be a frustrating experience. Even so, it's important to take it seriously. While, at surface level, mildew doesn't seem to be a big threat, it can be indicative of a more urgent issue in your home. There's a lot of misinformation circulating about this growth, so to clarify, mildew:

  • Is a type of mold
  • Shows up only on plants
  • Presents as white and patchy

When you see mildew, there are a few action steps you need to know to remediate the issue.

Caring for Your Plants
Keep in mind that mildew on a houseplant can interfere with the plant's life cycle, eventually killing it. If the mildew has taken over, covering the greenery, the houseplant may already be a goner.
However, if the mildew is localized to a specific area, get the plant outside and cut off the affected part. Do this with any of your greenery that's plagued with mildew growth. After the fact, ensure that plant gets plenty of sunlight and consider employing a mildewcide solution to prevent further issues.

Caring for Your Home
However, the job's not done just because you've removed the plant mildew. That mildew is indicative of an environment that welcomes mold, and such funguses can affect everything else in that space. You'll want to get an indoor environmental specialist involved who can check things like airflow, humidity levels, potential water issues, and more to prevent any mold issues from getting out of hand.
Remember also that mold can reproduce within a matter of hours, so it's important to get the environment examined quickly. Involving a mold professional gives you access to the tools and technology needed to truly eradicate a mildew problem.
Plant mildew is a common issue that signals a growth environment encouraging to funguses. However, with prevention measures and precautions, you can mitigate mold- and mildew-associated worries in your home.

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