How to Treat Botrytis Disease in Houseplants

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Houseplant Disease, Botrytis Disease

Botrytis Disease

Botrytis Disease also called Black Mold is characterized by grey, fluffy mould which can cover all parts of the houseplant; leaves, stems, buds and flowers

The disease is prevalent where the growing conditions are cool and humid with no air circulation.

Begonia, Cyclamen, Gloxina and Saintpaulia are highly susceptible to Botrytis Disease though it can affect all soft-leaved houseplants.

The Best Treatment for Botrytis Disease in Houseplants

  • Cut all affected parts of the plant and destroy by burning.

  • Remove and replace the mouldy soil with fresh free-draining soil.

  • Spray the plant with a systemic fungicide. Ensure all the parts of the plant are well covered with the fungicidal solution.

  • Maintain the soil of your plant on the drier side; reduce watering.

  • Stop misting your plant for 7-10 days or employ other techniques to raise humidity for your plant. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

  • Improve ventilation for your plant; ensure there is free air circulation.

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