Mold can have a devastating effect on your terracotta pots. It will quickly degrade the surface and destroy the pot’s value. Mold can also lead to health problems, so it is important to remove mold from terracotta pots as soon as possible.
This blog post will teach you how to remove mold from terracotta pots with simple ingredients that are readily available in your home!
How to Remove Mold From Terracotta Pots?
You can remove mold from terracotta pots by using bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Both methods will kill the mold and remove it from your pot. I will now go through each method in more detail.
How to Remove Mold From Terracotta Pots With Bleach?
Mix two tablespoons of bleach with one gallon of water. Put the solution into a large spray bottle and thoroughly cover the moldy terracotta pot in it. Leave the mixture on for about 15 minutes to ensure that all of the molds are killed off.
It’s important to remove your plant before applying the bleach as the bleach will also damage the plant. Keep your plant in a temporary pot until the pot has been cleaned.
Scrub away any residue using an old toothbrush or scouring pad, but be gentle so you do not damage your pot further! Rinse well with clean water and allow your pot to dry completely before putting it back outside.
How to Remove Mold From Terracotta Pots With Hydrogen Peroxide?
Put three percent hydrogen peroxide (available at most stores) into a bowl filled with warm water until it covers half of your moldy terracotta pot’s surface. Leave the mixture on for about 15 minutes to ensure that all of the molds is killed off!
Then remove the pot and scrub away any residue using an old toothbrush or scouring pad. Rinse well with clean water and allow your pot to dry completely before putting it back outside!
Both methods will prevent mold from returning and will restore the look of your terracotta pots! With both methods, you should wear gloves because they can irritate your skin.
Why do I have mold on my terracotta pots?
Mold can form on terracotta pots because they are porous. If you purchase a used pot without knowing that it has mold, you could be exposing your family to harmful chemicals.
How do I prevent mold from growing on my terracotta pots?
You should wash and dry your new or old terracotta before placing them outside! You should also avoid over-watering so the soil doesn’t stay too wet for long periods of time.
If mold does appear, use either bleach or hydrogen peroxide as described above to remove it! These methods will kill any existing molds while removing all traces of their presence from the surface of your terra cotta pots at home!
Can I leave the mold on my terracotta pots?
You can leave the mold on your terracotta pots for a little while, but it is not recommended. You should remove all traces of molds from terracotta pots to avoid health problems and discoloration.
Mold can have a devastating effect on your terracotta pots by degrading their surface value! It will also lead to health issues if left untreated in high quantities!
How long does it take for my terracotta pot to dry?
It will depend on how wet and porous your terra cotta is. If there’s a lot of moisture trapped inside, plan on leaving them outside until they are completely dry before bringing them back in again.
In conclusion, removing mold from terracotta pots is easy with either bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Both methods will kill the mold and remove it from your pot!
I hope that this blog post helped you understand how to clean your terra cotta pot and prevent the future growth of molds. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.