Fungus problems are the most bothersome, aggravating, and hair-pulling of all plant illnesses. Your plants can be completely destroyed by powdery mildew whether you’re growing microgreens, houseplants or vegetables.
Powdery mildew is an example of a typical form of plant fungus:
In order to detect plant fungus, the following is an easy-to-follow guideline: As soon as you notice spotting or growth that is distinct from the rest of the plant, it is likely infected with a fungus.
Fungicides are one of the most frequent treatments for fungal infections. When it comes to dealing with plant issues, harsh chemical sprays may not always be the best option.
Consider using baking soda instead of fungicides as a preventative measure.
Using Baking Soda To Prevent and Treat Plant Fungus
- One gallon of water
- One half teaspoon of liquid soap
- One tablespoon of baking soda
Do not store this mixture, as it will spoil if left out for long periods of time.
Be careful not to use too harsh a liquid soap because it helps the mixture adhere to the leaves and stems of your plant. Gardeners, like myself, have reported inadvertently setting their plants on fire with this product. In order to avoid being burned:
- It is best to avoid applying the mixture to plants that are exposed to direct sunlight.
- A few days before applying, water your plants.
- Spray a small area of your plant with the mixture before applying it to the rest of the plant.
In addition, I’ve heard gardeners propose using horticultural oil to suffocate the fungus on the leaves. Please let me know if this works for you in the comments section if you try it!
Still Having Plant Fungus Problems?
If you’re having trouble getting rid of plant fungus using this baking soda mixture, as I indicated earlier, it’s likely that your plant has an excessive amount already. As a prophylactic precaution, it’s preferable to utilize it. To get rid of powdery mildew, you may need to use a more active approach, such as those outlined in my guide.
It’s also possible to treat your plants with milk and see if it helps. Even though this is one of the strangest cures I’ve ever heard of, it truly works for me.
When it comes to dealing with plant fungus, baking soda, soap, and water is one of the safest options. If you can avoid it, avoid spraying fungicide all over the inside of your house!
Is there anything you’d like to contribute about your own personal remedies? If you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments below.