Almost everyone who has flowers to stand at home knows it: mold in a flowerpot. This is not a bad thing and can be combated with our 6 tips.Do not confuse mold with limescale
Do not confuse mold with limescale
Especially in spring, when the container plants are finally to be put outdoors again, gardeners often discover hideous mold in the flowerpot. However, indoor plants can also be affected by this disease all year round.
In most cases, you can easily remove this mold attack on the earth - not to be confused with limescale deposits. We have put together a few tips for this.
Mold in a flowerpot - 6 tips that help
Tip 1: Repot plants
Before the outdoor season, you should always repot container plants into fresh soil.
If mold has developed in the old earth, you must remove it thoroughly from the plants. To do this, it is best to tap the soil or to clean the roots of the infested soil in a water bath.
Tip 2: Clean the flower pot
Mold spores can also settle on the flowerpot. If there is mold, you should also clean it thoroughly. To do this, wash the pot thoroughly with warm / hot water and then rub dry or leave to dry in the sun.
For clay pots, you should even use soapy water to clean them, because mold spores usually stick to them even more stubbornly.
Tip 3: loosen up the potting soil
The loosening of the infested potting soil has proven to be particularly helpful. To do this, thoroughly comb (aerate) the soil with a fork or mini rake and then let it dry first. After this process, you can water the plant again as usual.
If the mold is stubborn, this work must certainly be repeated several times. However, you should always make sure that you do not damage the sometimes quite delicate plant roots.
Tip 4: let the plant dry
Mold often forms even in waterlogged water in the flowerpot. You should pour this off first. Then you have to dry the plant sufficiently.
After this, you should loosen the soil well again so that it is properly aerated before you can water the plant again moderately. Ideally, you should always water the plants with rainwater or boiled drinking water! The flower pots should have holes to prevent waterlogging.
Tip 5: Mix in minerals
You can get mold under permanent control if you add sufficient minerals to the high-quality potting soil. Expanded clay, clay granules, sand and the like are recommended for this.
Tip 6: Use essential oils
The use of essential oils is always worth trying. Especially since it is a natural product that generally does no harm to the plants. In the case of mold in the flowerpot, tea tree oil has proven itself in the first place.
Disposal of plants
In some cases, despite all the measures, the mold infestation can sometimes simply not be managed. Then unfortunately you have to separate from this plant.
As far as this is concerned, you should always dispose of these plants in the household waste so that, for example, the mold spores cannot multiply in the compost.