Those who live in a somewhat damp house fear it so much: we’re talking about mold. The latter appears when there may be infiltration in the walls or when the humidity level in the house tends to be high and constant. It manifests as dark-colored, green or black spots on the surface of walls or ceilings, usually in corners. It is not uncommon, seeing it also appear under wallpapers, when an anti-mold has not been used, or behind furniture. It tends to appear in the wettest rooms, thus the bathroom and kitchen, but all rooms can be at risk, even bedrooms.
While, of course, one of the few really effective solutions is to call in an expert to get rid of the mold and make sure there is no leak, among the ways to prevent it is a really simple one: you just need to put the right plant in your home. Let’s see together which species are the most effective.
Famous for its beautiful, thick foliage, the fern is generally considered an outdoor plant, to be kept in the yard or in a damp spot in the garden. Nothing actually prohibits you from keeping it indoors, in a room where you have a moisture problem. While you would normally need to spray a little water on its leaves, when you keep it in a humid spot you can also avoid doing so.
Too much humidity in the bathroom? Try the plants listed in this article.
This succulent plant, whose botanical name is Sansevieria, is famous for its stiff, long, sword-like leaves that go upward. Among the hardiest plants in existence, it is capable of absorbing moisture and staying lush with little care and attention. Plus, you can keep it even in places where the exposure is less than optimal. One important tip: don’t overwater it! If you notice mold and condensation on your bathroom walls, here are some grandma’s remedies to solve it.
The most famous plant of tropical origin there is: the orchid. Despite its modest size, this beautiful and exotic plant can absorb a good moisture content. In nature, in fact, it loves those habitats where the humidity level is between 60 and 85 percent. It is important, however, to keep it in a spot where there is a good amount of indirect natural light so that, in the spring and summer period, it can bloom profusely. Learn some secrets about this plant here.
Among the most popular indoor plants is definitely the pothos, famous for its long foliage and heart-shaped leaves. This super-hardy plant will be able to prevent the formation of mold in the most humid rooms by absorbing, through its pores, the moisture in the air. Remember that you can grow it in either water or light soil. If mold has “infested” the corners of the windows, remove it this way.
Similar to pothos, it is distinguished to the eye by its more elongated shaped leaves. Growing tips are similar although, generally, the philodendron needs a little more light. This plant is also able to absorb ambient moisture, making mold growth only a distant memory.
Known by the nickname of ribbon or that of spider plant, the Phalangium is a plant with thin, long, light-green leaves that branch outward from the pot. It likes very bright rooms and has a knack for making rooms a little less humid. One characteristic of it is that it grows very fast, which will have to make you repot it at least once a year in a slightly larger pot to keep the roots from getting too tight.
Multiple plants in one room?
Many people believe that putting many species of anti-mold plants in the same room will solve the problem forever. In truth, these plants significantly reduce the likelihood of mold occurrence, but they certainly do not zero out the risks, even if you put more than one in the same room. If the rooms in your house have very high humidity, above 70 percent, the problem can be really serious and you will have to use a professional remedy such as a dehumidifier or seek advice from a professional. Nothing prohibits you, however, from keeping more than one plant in the same room for aesthetic reasons.