For those possessing a green thumb, caring for indoor plants can be so rewarding that it is sometimes hard to know when one more plant is too many. While keeping plants indoors is a fantastic way to freshen up the living space and better the air quality, it requires moderation and diligent care.
By nature, plants are fussy when it comes to the environment. Plants need heat, humidity, direct or indirect sunlight, and various levels of water. Some plants may even require a change in their natural indoor environment to compensate for seasonal differences. Keep reading to learn how to determine if your plant keeping methods are causing indirect mold growth in your home.
Plant life in your home should not cause typical household mold, but plants can amass their own white mold. Most mold is harmless to humans, but still can create spores that will populate the air in the environment. The direct harm to humans from common plant mold may only occur in people with severe allergies or asthma. In the Pacific Northwest, indoor plants require higher humidity and warmer temperatures especially in the winter season. Increasing the heat and humidity in a confined area without proper ventilation is a surefire way to not only acquire mold on your plants but raise the chances of attracting mold indoors.
Before taking on a plant-keeping hobby, understanding adequate airflow and filtration is important because that is where the issues will start. For example, plant mold may build when water is left stagnating in the pot due to overwatering or poor drainage; left unchecked, this mold can attack the leaves and stems rendering the plant damaged. Much like in infrastructure; water leaks, high humidity, and little to no air flow may cause mold to grow leading to instability in building materials.
In conclusion, taking care of indoor plants can be a fun and fruitful hobby, especially if you are working from home and want to feel a bit more connected to nature. The key to combating mold growth in plants is to properly care for your plants without sacrificing the quality of your indoor environment. Whether it is plant mold or interior infrastructure mold, spores re into the air, and while it may not have detrimental effects on us, those with sensitivities may feel the effects. Balancing what is best for plants and what is best for humans, to optimize indoor air quality and avoid mold, can make all the difference.
- We sample the air to determine the level of particulates in the air and locate the source of moisture or water that contributes to mold’s ability to grow and spread.
- We look for areas where ventilation is inadequate, insufficient, or lacking altogether. Without proper ventilation, air remains stagnant, moisture cannot evaporate, and humidity increases – all of which lead to the growth of mold.
- We defog and clean the air to reduce, if not eliminate, high concentrations of mold spores and other pollutants, and we also thoroughly dry and clean the area to eliminate all dampness and humidity.
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CIE | Author – Jordan Singh, Marketing Team | January 5, 2022