Eliminating powdery mildew can sometimes seem like an impossible task. How can you keep this stuff from getting on your plants? Or worse, how do you remove it after it has already settled in?
Well, don’t give up just yet. Fortunately, there are a few ingenious ways of combating this airborne fungal. One of the best ways is to eliminate it from your indoor growing areas before it gets anywhere near your plants. Keep reading to get the information you need to know.
Exactly What Is Powdery Mildew?
Powdery mildew is a gray or grayish-white powder caused by the spores of fungi. The powder usually appears on the leaves of cannabis and other plants. Before the powder appears you might see small blisters on top of the leaves.
Although humans and animals sometimes spread the spores, they are usually spread through the air in a growing environment. After the air carries the spores to your plants they will stay dormant, activating when the environment becomes suitable.
In most cases higher humidity, crowded plant conditions, and moderate temperatures generally fosters growth. Once they start, they go after the younger plants first, or they focus on the young leaves on older plants. Then, the powdery mildew spreads to the entire plant. Besides the leaves, it also attacks the stems and, of course, the buds.
Eventually the powder starts to show black flecks. Infected plants will start to smell like they are rotting. Once the mildew gets onto the plant, it is nearly impossible to remove. The plant will turn from pale yellow to brown before it dies.
Three Ways for Eliminating Powdery Mildew
- Apple cider vinegar. This is an old but effective way to combat powdery mildew. Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (organic is best) per quart of clean water. Then spray the mixture onto your plants to help prevent or kill powdery mildew.
- Remove the infected plant. This might seem like an extreme option, but it can be quite effective if you catch the powdery mildew before it has spread to other plants. If you only have one or two plants that have been infected you might think about just pulling them out and replanting. Be sure to bag the infected leaves or plants in plastic bags to prevent spreading the spores.
- Eliminate powdery mildew before it reaches your plants. This may sound like an impossible task, but it’s not. The absolute best way to eliminate powdery mildew, and any other airborne pathogen, is to contain the spores before they get anywhere near your plants. How do I do this, you ask? By setting up an air purification system.
Establishing an Air Purification System
A good air purification system is by far the best way to prevent powdery mildew from infecting your plants. It should be considered a preventive treatment, since once the mildew is on the plants it’s very difficult to control.
One of the best air purification systems is the AiroClean420. This device uses NASA technology to completely remove all fungal and other pathogens from the air. The air in your growing environment is drawn into the device, where the spores are removed. The air exiting the device is completely free of any pathogens.
For information about how the AiroClean420 eliminates powdery mildew, visit our website today. Or call 844-247-3913 to talk to an AiroClean420 professional.