Plants that protect from mould and mildew

Writer: Taylor Bentliff

Dealing with damp is a common pastime for new homeowners or renters. Plus, these colder months are the main culprit when dealing with black mould - especially if you're spending more time in the home. We’ve picked out some tactical plants to tackle the issue. So, whether you use in your bathroom, or in those pesky window spots, they’re sure to make your home look fresh while also reducing humidity in the air.

The Peace Lily
This is a great combination of simplistic beauty and serious commitment to tackling moisture in the home. With large luscious green leaves and white tear shaped lily flowers, these plants will look good in almost any room. They’ll need a bright spot, but not in direct sunlight. And so long as you keep the soil moist, but not drenched, they don’t take too much care! Take note - this plant is poisonous to eat so keep away from pets and children.



The Orchid
Another plant that boasts in its beauty - a great accent to a social room.
While the common ‘moth’ orchid may come to mind, there are actually even more blooming and moisture-sucking varieties available that are super easy to care for. Just such ‘epiphytic’ orchids for the ones that fight mould and mildew. If you’re stuck for space, Orchids are great as they don’t need a very big pot at all. So, they can sit on a small ledge or side table, and grow upwards.

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The Boston Fern
With its zig-zagged leaves and light demeanor, this plant looks lovely on shelves, on desks and even hanging from the ceiling in a basket. They’re pretty versatile in terms of home decor, and also love soaking in humidity. Also, be aware, there are different kinds of fern that look pretty much the same as this one. However, other types thrive outdoors and prefer to grow to sizes that may cramp your space. So stick to the ‘Boston’ and you’ll be alright.

sword boston fern mould damp prevent


English Ivy
Time for all your Pinterest hanging basket inspiration to come to fruition. English Ivy is a fab plant for a busy household as they don’t take much care. They’re also not too interested in sunlight, meaning you can place them up high, in shaded areas. This means the plant can help to tackle any damp in higher areas and corners. Ivy loves to cling to things and follow a direction, so placing with a vertical stake, using a shaped artsy wire frame, or placing high up so the leaves can tumble down, will create lovely effects.


Main Photo by Max Williams on Unsplash
Orchid Photo by Lina Yaroslavska on Unsplash