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Mold on Your Houseplant? Use This Pantry Spice

White mold grows on the soil of a potted house plant.
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When you first spot mold on your houseplant, your brain probably goes into freak-out mode. Is your plant baby going to die? Can you save it? Well, the good news is that yes, your houseplant will probably be fine, but you do need to treat the mold.

As it turns out, all you need to prevent houseplant mold growth is a bit of cinnamon.

Typically, the mold you see is harmless and is a type of fungi that feeds on decaying organic material. With the right temperature, humidity levels, and light, it can begin to grow on your houseplant. There are a few reasons it can happen like overwatering, drainage issues, and leaving dead foliage on your soil.

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You’ll need to ascertain which issues could be causing your mold to truly deal with the problem, but there’s a houseplant hack that can help keep it at bay: cinnamon.

All you do is scrape off the mold using a scalpel or other tool (and be sure to sterilize it after). Then, add a new layer of indoor potting compost and sprinkle cinnamon on top. It’ll act as a natural fungicide and help prevent the mold from coming back.

Cinnamon isn’t the only item in your kitchen that can help your plant, though. Have some leftover coffee? You might want to try giving it to your houseplant next.

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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