How to Remove Fungus from House Plants
Learning how to remove fungus from house plants is essential if you are going to grow them in your home. Houseplants often get fungus for a number of reasons ranging from too much water to insect infestation. Here are some simple organic tips to keep fungus from returning to your house plants.
Organic Materials Needed:
- Baking soda
- New potting soil
- Sponges, kitchen dishcloths
- Stones or pebbles
- Plant pots or containers
Step 1- Wipe down Leaves
If you want to take care of the problem yourself, you can use ordinary kitchen products to rid plants of fungi. Use a sponge or a dish cloth to wipe down the plant leaves and stalk with a half-and-half mixture of water and milk. The mixture will clean the leaves and remove any fungus instantly. You might have to repeat the task a few times before the fungus is completely invisible.
You could also try using a solution of part water and part mild dishwashing detergent. Mix the two together and wash the leaves and stalk down with a sponge or kitchen dishcloth. Again, you might have to repeat this exercise a few times before you see any success.
Another option is half baking soda mixed with half water. Wash and wipe down leaves and stalks with the solution by using a sponge or kitchen dishcloth.
Step 2- Remove Bad Soil
If the soil has acquired a fungus, which often appears white, it may be the result of overwatering. Correct the problem by removing the plant from the soil. Do this over a sink. Be sure to cover the floor with old newspapers to avoid getting dirt and/or excess water on the floor.
Step 3- Correct Drainage
Next, place a handful of small rocks or pebbles in the plant’s container that will help to absorb excess water after the plant is watered. The pebbles or rocks line the bottom of the container, preventing the plant from sitting directly on the bottom of the pot. This prevents the pot from accumulating water, which can cause the roots to rot. Water that sits for long periods of time from overwatering can cause mold and mildew.
Step 4- New Soil
Replace the old soil with fresh, clean, new soil. Repot the plant accordingly.
Step-5 Good Air and Sunlight
Keeping plants in sunny locations, with good air circulation and less watering can keep fungi away.
While there are chemical products that can help keep many fungi from appearing on plants, most homeowners are looking for organic ways to treat their plants and are opting to use chemicals as a last resort. If you do choose chemicals, be sure to use them accordingly and follow directions for use.