Mold occurs in houseplants because of too much heat and humidity in the house. Meaning you have either watered the plant too much or it is in a poorly ventilated area or both. Plants in the washroom/toilet are especially prone to this. All those hot steamy showers will do it.
Having moldy plants is also deadly for your health, especially if you have a central heating system that circulates the air in the house. This is a disaster that will get you sick. We are talking of sickly strains of disease that will affect your lungs that could have serious long term consequences. Mold spores can cause allergic reactions, especially for asthmatics,
If you love indoor plants, here is the best way to deal with it.
- Put on a pair of gloves and wear a face mask since you don’t want to inhale any mold spores that get disturbed .Preferably you want to take your plant outdoors to begin this process.
- Mix 1 % Cinnamon Leaf Oil to 99% water in a fine spray mister bottle. That means in our example we mixed a 1/4 teaspoon of Cinnamon Oil with 4oz of water. You can increase the dulution ratio but it will burn the plant leaves as we found out when we mixed 12.5% Cinnamon oil to water.
- Spray the whole plant with the cinnamon water solution.
- Use a wet micro fiber cloth and wipe both sides of the leaves as well as the stem.
- Rinse the micro fiber cloth in hot water and repeat
- Remove the first half inch of top soil. Replace the top half inch layer with new potting soil
- Spray the Cinnamon Leaf oil solution on the top soil and the leaves (both top and bottom) and let it air dry in a well ventilated area. Cinnamon is a natural anti bacterial and fungicide and is harmless to the plant.
- Improve drainage – Another cause of mold is improper drainage where the plant remains too wet. Add a thin layer of gravel to the bottom of the plant for proper water drainage
- It is best to keep house plants in well ventilated areas, so regularly opening windows or running an air conditioning or heating system should keep the house and plants healthy. Or periodically keep the plants outside for a short period to dry out and get some direct sun.
- Clean the leaves of your indoor plants twice a month first by rinsing the leaving under a tap and then spraying with the Cinnamon Leaf Oil solution.. Dust buildup on the leaves build organic matter that feeds the mold. Dust reduces the ability of the plant to photosynthesis and generate the energy it needs to live.
- Do not over water plants,as too much water will cause rapid mold build up
- Remove all dead leaves and prune any dry leaves on the plant itself.. Mold feeds on these dead leaves and then spreads to the soil and then up the plant.
- In severe cases it would be cheaper and easier to get rid of the plant or you might have to leave it outside (during summer) or in the garage (in winter) for it to recover.
- Using commercial fungicide sprays poses risks to children, pets and adults. Ceylon Cinnamon leaf oil is all natural, is a powerful fungicide and an extremely effective insect repellent.
- Wash your hands and separately clean your micro fibre cloth with boiling water even though the Cinnamon Oil should have killed any mold. Destroy diseased plant material. Do not add to compost.