White Mold on Dirt Around Plant

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That white mold on your plant's soil is not harmful, but it does indicate that something is out of balance. This is a common issue with house plants, especially for beginning gardeners.

Appearance

  • If you're not sure whether that's white mold on your soil, it probably isn't. White mold on the soil looks like white freckles or drips of paint on otherwise dark soil.

Cause

  • The most common cause of white mold on soil is excess moisture in the soil. This is usually caused by overwatering; cut back on your watering habits and ensure the underlying layers of soil are dry, not wet, before you water.

Prevention/Solution

  • Plants with adequate drainage are less likely to develop white mold. Always plant house plants in containers with drainage holes; if using nonporous containers, fill the bottom three to four inches of the planter with crushed rock.

Tip

  • Plants benefit from light and air circulation. Increase air circulation to your houseplants with a fan or move them outside for fresh air if temperatures are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Solution

  • Scrape the mold off the dirt with a spoon and add fresh soil. If you suspect your houseplant may be too small for its container, transplant it into a larger container and use new potting soil.

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