“The plant dies”
Having a lush garden can be beautiful and relaxing, but sometimes caring for your plants is more complicated than it seems. One gardener took to Reddit to get help with a problem with their lemon tree.
On the subreddit r/gardening, one gardener shared photos of “white fuzz” covering the soil of a beloved plant. In a comment on the post, they added some context.
“There was white blooming downy mildew on the soil, and the plant was dying — and the leaves were drying out and falling off en masse,” the OP wrote, noting that they moved the lemon tree indoors in December when they went on vacation.
“The more you water, the more the mold thrives. “I’m not sure what to do except get rid of all the soil and replant.”
While some houseplants may be more difficult to care for, the benefits of having greenery indoors are worth it. According to Time magazine, houseplants can reduce stress and anxiety, increase happiness and productivity, and even speed up recovery. One research paper found that simply looking at plants, gardens and nature benefits hospital patients.
Having plants in your home can also help filter and purify the air. Some scientists are trying to increase the effectiveness of plants at doing this by making genetically modified versions called neoplants.
Fortunately, gardening folks have some ideas on how to care for this particular plant.
“Just spray with water (hydrogen peroxide) to kill the mold, then water the bottom from now on. “There is no need to change the soil or re-pot as suggested,” one person recommended.
There was some debate in the comments about whether mold is beneficial or harmful, with one person suggesting: “Ask r/mycology to learn about it. Some fungi are beneficial to plants, some are parasitic. They can help you there (with) knowing what type you have.”
There are literally answers to everything on Reddit.
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