Preventing Mildew From Growing on Terracotta Pots

terracotta potPlain and simple, when mildew grows on terracotta pots, it is unsightly. This growth has a way of detracting from the overall appearance of the pot, leaving onlookers disgusted. That is not the only effect mildew has, though. It can also cause plants to develop diseases, which can damage or kill them. Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can.  Preventing mildew from growing on terracotta pots is easy with the steps below:


– Terracotta Pot

– Glue

– Water

– Clove Oil

– Small Bowl

– Paintbrush

Step 1: Make your own mixture. Gather up some glue, water and clove oil, and mix them all together in a small bowl. Keep blending the ingredients until a creamy paste is formed.

Step 2: Paint the mixture onto your terracotta pot. With a paintbrush, begin spreading the mixture onto your terracotta pot. Make sure that the pot is evenly coated, and that you didn’t miss any spots along the way. After all, you want to fully get rid of the mildew.

Step 3: Dry your pot. Place your pot in a spot with direct exposure to the sun. We recommend a windowsill or a clean and secure location outside. This allows the pot to thoroughly dry, protecting itself in the process from growing any mildew.

Step 4: Wash your materials. Since this mixture needs to be applied to your terracotta plant every year in order to be effective, wash out your paintbrush and bowl completely for the next time. This way you start out totally fresh each and every time.

Once you are done with step 4, your pot is ready to be placed out into the real world for all your friends and family to see. Remember, though, if any of the mixture is left over, discard it right there and then. This is necessary so that children and pets do not get their hands, and paws, on it. That could lead to a whole slew of unnecessary problems. Plus, to fight off the thin, annoying and often white mildew, the mixture must be newly crafted. If not, it will dry up, becoming inefficient.

Mildew doesn’t have to be a damper, if the right precautions are taken.


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