phoenix2327 - Hello again! Thank you, I know what i'm doing wrong now and how to correct it. My one word of advice is to avoid the use of vinegar. I see so many people who struggle along, trying to save declining redtips. I've been plagued with a little white 'film' on my potted plants' soil for months, which quickly grew back when the surface was scraped off. If I find a sick plant I will try to get it back healthy. If you want to speed up the process, you can take the plant out of the pot, remove as much of the soil as possible without damaging the plant, then repot it. To prevent mold growth, follow the simple steps below: Don't mistake the two: Perlite is a white volcanic glass that is used to improve drainage. Is it possible I could put it under a desk lamp that uses a 15 watt lamp (maybe a florescent bulb as it is a long bulb, not sure). A: Fall and early winter are great times to plant new trees. The pear will probably try to resprout from its roots. Then, vacuum up as many of the remaining flies as possible. I have a "Money Tree" plant. It turns to powder wen u touch it. Using a sunblock is the best way to prevent this skin condition. The real threats to your plant are heat, humidity, and low ventilation. You might also add a little fresh compost. Never let pots sit in saucers full of water for more than 5 minutes. In severe cases, powdery mildew can even spread to the buds, flowers, and fruits of plants. For smaller containers (a gallon or smaller), wait until the top quarter inch has dried before returning to a water regimen. I then sprinkled a thin layer of cinnamon powder on top of the soil. Today the poinsettia serves as a decorative element everywhere from beautiful churches to the porches of homes. Place sticky pads near plants to trap whiteflies before they can land. The mold might also be competing for nutrition with your plant, so it is also a sign that you need to pay attention to. Using your cinnamon trick on the basil that was with the infected soil, would it be safe to have in the new pot with the new basil plant? If you see any mold, take the plant outside for a day to expose it to natural light and air. Masses of gray spores can be seen under favorable conditions. I feel confident that your suggestions will save my orchids. 'Build your dream home': 5 empty lots for sale in San Antonio from $5K... Report: Austin mayor told residents to stay home while in Mexico, FOX Sports Radio names Tim Duncan one of the best in 20 years. Very informative! OMG!! IVE TRYED TO HAVE THE WINDOW OPEN, AFTER I WATER THEM, PUTTING THE OUTSIDE. In fact, many organic gardeners believe that "living soil" is the ideal environment for growth. Systemic insecticides work fairly well. Don't feel like your new tree has to go in exactly the same location. Whiteflies are a persistent pest that can be tricky to get rid of. If there's mold growing under your houseplants, or in any container plant for that matter, here's what to do: Potted plants are prone to mold. There are, however, several ways you can battle these bugs. Would this also be due to ventilation/lack of light? HELP!!!! I have indoor fern plants and One is completely over growing and the other isn't looking so good. Thanks for your info. Thank you! my name is Aurora and I'm doing a science fair project on household items you can kill mold with, that won't harm your plant. Zach (author) from Colorado on October 01, 2012: Since the mold typically only affects the soil, the green onions should be just fine to eat. I LOVE ALL MY PLANTS AND DURUNG THE WINTER I BROUGHT A MAJORITY OF THEM INSIDE.. Sometimes, you may not use all the potting soil at once; later when you go to use some more, you discover that fuzzy white stuff has bloomed inside the bag. Patricia Branagan Cannock staffs on December 20, 2016: I had a new plant last week for a Christmas present( a Poinsettia) within days all the leaves dropped off, and the soil is already mouldy, does this mean than it was stored in the wrong conditions in the store. We inadvertently washed and dried a light (color) load that had a (red) poinsettia leaf in it. So, I bought it. Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on January 25, 2012: You hubs are well timed as my mind is turning to a bit of gardening this weekend. The white mold on the soil will most definitely affect new growth before the older established leaves. Thank you for this helpful information! I have cut these flowers off along with the long stem. Spray the poinsettia thoroughly with horticultural oil, insecticidal soap or another pesticide labeled for whitefly control on houseplants. You'll need to provide 13 to 16 hours of complete and uninterrupted darkness daily. Since the mold will compete with the seedlings for nutrients, it's best to give the new plants a fighting chance in some fresh dirt. Q: I appreciated your reply to my photinia question. On the other hand, if you're planning to sow seeds, you should NOT use that soil. It's helped me with my research! I am going to try the cinnamon trick, but another problem I am having is the mold is growing on the actual pot. Hope the info helps out your fern! Perhaps the moisture in the bathroom is afecting the tree and caused the white powder on top of the soil. 5. Then treat the new vine portions with a brush killer found at â¦ Thank you so much I also knew this trip and my plants are growing beautifully now!!!! Poinsettias are often grown as potted plants and given as gifts during the holiday season. If you are transplanting, planting, or just replenishing dirt levels, the answer is yes. The plant likely needs less water and more sun and wind. Do not water until the top two inches of soil are dry. Well, since I have done this, I now have white furry mold growing on the plants and they are looking VERY unhealthy!!! Pretty interesting. Mail questions to Neil Sperry, c/o Features, San Antonio Express-News, P.O. You'll find good supplies in nurseries, and they'll have half a year to get established before next summer. Q: Is there a good control for whiteflies on poinsettias before I bring mine indoors from the patio? Some of their branches are bigger than the main stem. Cinnamon works great and can also be used in other areas of the garden too! Reapply every three days. Impermeable plastic containers and pots without holes retain moisture. Easy to read and understand information, fast service. A: Whiteflies are tenacious, and those masses on the backs of the leaves are eggs. Martha. Does this sound like mold? Box 2171, San Antonio, TX 78297-2171, or email him at SAENgardenQA@ sperrygardens.com. Overall, mold in potting soil is very easy to treat. Zach (author) from Colorado on February 04, 2012: @Elke - I'm not very familiar with Money Tree plants, nor is it easy to make a diagnosis without seeing the actual plant, but it seems to me you are correct. 3 UHâCTAHR Powdery Mildew of Poinsettia PD-8 May 2012 Because of this white furry stuff on the soil and stem. The truth is that mold spores are a regular part of soil and are normally harmless. Poinsettias come in a range of colors from white to orange, but are most popular in their red variety. I cut successive amounts off a large branch. Have shared this on Twitter and FB. Hello! Botrytis gray mold (most destructive disease of poinsettia) Leaf and flower tissue rots; worse on immature leaves or wounded or stressed tissue. Other books that make good gifts for area gardeners:"Texas Trees: A Friendly Guide" by Patti Leslie and Paul Cox (Corona Publishing, $18.95);"The Southern Kitchen Garden" by William D. Adams and Thomas R. Leroy (Taylor Trade Publishing, $19.95);""The Texas Bug Book" by Malcolm Beck and Howard Garrett (University of Texas Press, $29.95);"Butterfly Gardening for the South" by Geyata Ajilvsgi (Taylor Trade Publishing, $38);"Outwitting Deer" by Bill Adler (The Lyons Press, $14.95); and"Roses in the Southern Garden" by G. Michael Shoup (Antique Rose Emporium, $35). I will try your remedy. I have a question I hope you can help with. Thank you so much for all the information! As they're drying, would it help if I sprinkled them with medicated foot powder to prevent mold or mildew? Wearing a breathing mask, scrape off and discard the affected bits of soil. Cut the bag open and leave it outside, exposed to the sun and air, for a day or two, turning occasionally. Kymberly Fergusson from Germany on January 25, 2012: I must try cinnamon! Thanks. Symptoms include itching, dry skin, and scaling. Powdery mildew is one of the most commonly occurring plant problems. GOID TO KNOW WHAT IM DOING WRONG! Use a handheld vacuum to suck white flies up! The gardening bug is definitely running wild. Do I cut these off, or just transplant the entire thing? keep sharing!!!! The scarlet bracts of the poinsettia, often mistaken for its flower, are also affected by powdery mildew. I'm glad you're willing to make the change. this has never happened to me before. The quick answer is no, that white stuff growing in your potted plants will probably not harm them. San Antonio father, son accused of fraud in $800K Ponzi scheme. Leave the juice on for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing and drying your nails. Under these conditions, mold spores grow into their adult fungi form and release even more spores. Q: I'm saving pepper seeds for spring. Thank you! Lemon has a lot of vitamin C and a deficiency in this vitamin sometimes causes white spots on nails. Lissie Loomes - Glad I could show you something new! Some people have claimed that the spores trigger allergic reactions. They can multiply quickly and they leave a sticky residue behind which will start to grow a black fungus. They have long-lasting flowers and Poinsettia bracts remain showy for several months. Step 2 Mix 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with few drops of Dawn dish soap and 1 quart (32oz) of water. On the other hand, if you are extremely sensitive to mold allergies, you might not want to take any risks. Treating powdery mildew on trees begins by vigilance. Nellie R. Stevens hollies are good replacements if you need large shrubs (8 to 12 feet tall). Take care to not make the mixture too strong as the acidity of the vinegar can burn plant leaves. The NGA mixture is a pretty benign combination, and whiteflies are nearly impossible to get rid of, so itâs best to try more preventative tactics first, as mentioned below. Jason Menayan from San Francisco on April 03, 2012: I have this problem and ironically found your Hub via Google! What kind of artificial light would be helpful? The conspicuous white powdery spots on the poinsettiaâs leaves render it unmarketable. Monolith mystery reaches San Antonio, Padre Island National Seashore warns visitors of 'danger noodles' at the beachÂ, San Antonio father, son accused of fraud in connection with $800K Ponzi scheme, Walmart just announced that 'Black Friday' starts Nov. 4. Every other time you water, add one tablespoon of liquid dish soap and one teaspoon of white vinegar to the water. For more of his advice, become a Neil Sperry fan on Facebook. Mold can never be totally eliminated. Just plan on letting the soil dry out a bit before you water again. Along with the cinnamon, try to get a light/heat source that will dry the top layer of soil out a little quicker. Outdoor container plants are less likely to grow mold, but it does happen. Fill a spray bottle with the milk solution. What is the yellow crusty stuff on my plants pot? Getting rid of gnats in poinsettia. Use reflective paper or plastic mulch in plant beds as a protective measure. Box 2171, San Antonio, TX 78297-2171 or email him at SAENgardenQA@sperrygardens.com. âª Cut off the blooms and use them in a centerpiece that celebrates the new year. I put a fair amount of cinnamon on the earth of my large leaf plant was give to me when I lost my husband so don't know what it is called but it did have large cup size white flowers but I have transplanted it with the best earth and I watered it every two weeks now I am wondering if I can water over top of the Cimmon and how often should I water this plant ? The new growth reaches a certain point, then withers and dies. I was not to happy. I have several Anthurium potted plants side by side and only one displayed wispy white strings on the soil, which I figured were spiders, so sprinkled heavily with Orange and Lemon peel (Spice World). i keep my organic potting soil in a tub with a lid and now everytime i open it the whole top is covered in white fuzzy mold. Whether I will get any back is to be determined. It should be neither dripping wet nor totally dry, and if it is, â¦ Is it safe to still eat the onions after the mold is removed?? Dip cotton balls and swabs in alcohol and remove all visible mealybugs. Thank you for the information! That stuff is probably a harmless saprophytic fungus. It may also sometimes appear pink, red, or brown, and may get larger over time. Just be careful not to let it suck the leaves off your plants. We show you how to get rid of white flies and aphids organically and easily in your garden without the use of any insecticides or pesticides. You can also use a yellow sticky trap, available from organic garden supply dealers. It's not harmful to plants. of vinegar (5% solution) with 1 gallon of water. Disinfect the cutting edges, then prune out and discard the diseased portions of the plant immediately. Tip: Ponsettias are from the euphorbia family and cut stems will ooze a â¦ A: Letting them dry thoroughly, then storing them in a sealed bag or bottle in the refrigerator should be all you need to do. My husband said we had to replant them all. I scraped the mold off, sprinkled a generous amount of cinnamon, and am waiting to see if it did the trick! These insects feed on your plant and create this white fluffy looking stuff on your plant. Zach (author) from Colorado on March 24, 2013: Virginia - Yes, you can sprinkle the cinnamon over the soil even if your plants have already been watered. Zach (author) from Colorado on September 28, 2018: Your information was and is awesome, since I did have a situation with mold. I will also be moving the tree to a south window location, where it will be getting more sun light.The leaves are turning yellow, is there anything I can do to prevent the leaves from turning yellow? Although there are several things that can cause the white spots on the skin, odds are itâs a fungus known as âtinea versicolor.ââ But donât worry, itâs a lot less scary than it sounds. Some are pink and others are variegated. On the other hand, a saprophytic fungus might also be a sign that your plant is not getting what it needs in terms of sunlight, air circulation, and moisture. I cut successive amounts off a large branch. We water it from the cold water at the kitchen sink as we do the other plants and they do not have the white mold. I think I am going to really like this site! Lightly dust the soil with ground cinnamon. Struggling with moldy soil? Thank you for your advice! Hello, I live in an apartment on the second floor and really don't think that I have any light coming in the window and don't want to take a chance and put it outside with the kids or someone may steal it, and I'm not sure what part of the day there would be any kind of sunlight on the balcony (if any). Thank you for clear and exact directions and information. As mentioned above, only spray in cooler temperatures; late in the day is best. Several of the items now have purple or red spots on them. I had forgotten about airborne mold spores... ._. Then look at the plant, is it worth bringing in this year? I will try the cinnamon treatment on my moldy plants. A: If I'm understanding your question, the rooted "cuttings" have started to branch. Once the Entomosporium fungus moves in, it kills the plants. How and when should I do that? So it's a sign of life, although it might not be one you want to look at, since it's not exactly pretty. SOS here..I hate to lose this plant!! The ash will make the pH swing up just enough to discourage future moss growth. Experts say there will be more pandemicsâbut you can... How 'Emily in Paris' gets cast iron skillets wrong, Finally: Festive trash fire apparel for the holidays, Nintendo Switches are back in stock at Amazon, but not for long, Powerbeats are at their lowest price the day after Cyber Monday, This Lego sale shows off how many collaborations they do. If your plants show foliage signs of powdery mildew, cinnamon can be used as a spray to control it. Thank you for the informative information regarding how to treat mold. I'd like to replace it. You might also consider transplanting to a larger pot full of fresh dirt. As far as I can remember, Moss grows on soil because of moist and acidic conditions. I wore a mask, removed the white powdery stuff with a plastic bag, as well as some of the soil and disposed of it. All is fine and dandy until you wake up one morning to discover that your favorite potted plant is growing fuzzy, white mold. My housecleaner saw it today and suggested I ask Google what to do. Great tip, will definitely give this a try. Will the herbs be safe to consume? The process is quick and painless, for both you and your plants! Or should I have two separate planters? I have a habit of trying to rescue any and every plant I can. I wish you the best of luck. I would recommend physically removing the moss and then sprinkling a little wood ash over the treated areas. The first step is physical removal. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is very effective in killing powdery mildew. CHECKED ON THEM IN 3-5 DAYS AND TGE BEGAN TO HAVE MOLD IN DIRT! The mature leaves seem unaffected so far, but I blame the white moldy film on top of the soil for the stunted growth of the baby leaves. Use your finger to gauge moisture levels. I'm really worried. Cinnamaldehyde, the stuff that gives regular cinnamon its flavor and scent, acts as the perfect natural fungicide and prevents mold growth. The question is, can you still use that soil? Thanks for the tip about Cinnamon, I'll definitely try this. Willowleaf hollies are good in the 6- to 8-foot range. A good squirt of soap to a gallon of water should work. A good home remedy for whiteflies on plants is a homemade garlic spray. Wearing a breathing mask, scrape off and discard the affected bits of soil. Worried, you run to Google, type in "moldy potting soil," and end up here. Zach (author) from Colorado on January 26, 2012: nifwlseirff - That you must! Will cinnamon work on this too? That's a good thing too, because I've got the answers! While you have to exercise caution while doing this, a small handheld vacuum can be a very easy way to get rid of larvae, eggs, and the tiny white bugs themselves. If you want to get rid of the whitefly naturally, cut off the most infected parts of the plants. Zach, I am glad I found your site. Q: I appreciated your reply to my photinia question. I'll try the cinnamon approach. Any idea what it might be? Eventually it will kill the fungus gnat larvae. If we see mold, most of us react by covering our mouths and running the other direction. I've got furry white mold growing in my potted green onion's soil. Before you use it, simply mix up the contents of the bag and work the white stuff back in with the dark. I followed your advice. If possible, check the soil before buying. Here's how to get rid of it without using chemicals. Poinsettias are traditional Christmas flowering plants that will last throughout the Christmas season. Great post Thank You, I'm using Neem Oil and is Cinnamon better than Neem Oil? From October 1 to December 1 (or for at least 40 days), a poinsettia will need a strict light/dark regimen to produce color. I don't want moldy stuff in my apartment either and the neem oil really smells bad too. You could also mix in some fresh compost. Mix 4 tbsp. What else can I do? When can I dig them and replant them? If you see deformed, puckered leaves, itâs time to get out the pruners. colored spots on them that have worsened and turned a darker brown with larger spots. moldy and very skimpy. Often called as sun spots, idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis are white spots caused as a result of long-term UV exposure. However, take care not to spray with fungicide too much because it can be toxic to your plant in large quantities. Lightly dust the soil with ground cinnamon. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! I placed the orange tree in front of a large window facing West, in the bathroom. Mail questions to Neil Sperry, c/o Features, San Antonio Express-News, P.O. It is not going to regrow indoors now. Round White Spots on a Poinsettia. You can treat this with several different organic methods which should get rid â¦ Dusty white growth on leaves, stems or bracts. I also want to know can you still sprinkle it even if you have already wartered your plants? Cutting back the plant will cause the buds to grow and develop. When fall temperatures begin to drop, bring the plant indoors.