Houseplants and Mold

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A few days ago, we looked at an article about the benefits of houseplants in improving indoor air quality. Indoor pollution like VOC's and other toxins can be broken down and minimized by houseplants, improving indoor air quality. Today's question addresses another aspect of keeping houseplants

4 thoughts on “Houseplants and Mold

  1. mrsjody03 July 19, 2007 / 5:12 pm

    I have trouble with all of my house plants growing mold on them.what can I do to eliminate the problem if any

  2. Anonymous July 20, 2007 / 12:33 pm

    Hi Mrs. Jody,

    The suggestions above are great: Keep the soil on the dry side; don't let water acucumulate in the pot or tray; place plants near windows; remove dead leaves; and monitor the humidity with a hygrometer, also known as a humidity gauge

    To those suggestions, I would add these:

    Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low.

    Use an air conditioner or fan near the plants to keep the air circulating.

    An air purifier would also keep the air circulating, and it would filter mold spores out of the air, too.

    Keep the air dry and moving, and you'll see a reduction in mold growth!”

  3. jerry January 3, 2006 / 2:09 pm

    One often overlooked cause of nasal problems is glade and other bathroom fresheners”. These sprays irritate a large percent of the population and are often transmitted on tissues left in the bathroom. If you have nasal problems and use these products, discontinue their use and you will likely see a huge improvement. A match is more effective and unlikely to cause a reaction.”

  4. Anonymous January 4, 2006 / 12:01 pm

    That's a great point, Jerry. Thanks for posting!

    The funny thing about it is that as troublesome as those type of freshener-perfumes can be to allergy sufferers, non-allergy sufferers probably don't notice them a bit. This could be the reason they are so pervasive, especially in public bathrooms.

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