How to Remove Green Mold From Plants


Green mold is a type of fungus that often grows on citrus plants or in citrus-growing regions. Spores are blown onto plants by the wind and can cause premature ripening or decay. It is crucial to keep all processing equipment or gardening tools sanitized when dealing with plants susceptible to green mold. This includes regularly cleaning of packinghouses, garden sheds and shipping equipment with chlorine and/or vinegar. Whether you have one plant or many, stop green mold in its tracks with proper prevention.

Step 1

Immediately remove any fruit infected with green mold. Once colonized, fruit cannot be salvaged and should be thrown away to prevent any further spread.

Step 2

Wipe off all visible mold with a clean, damp cloth. Check the underside of leaves, stems and the base of the plant for a green wooly-like substance.

Step 3

Spray your plant with a fungicide available at your local nursery. Follow all label directions carefully when mixing and applying.

Step 4

Monitor your plant for any additional signs of mold. If new growth appears, repeat the above steps.

Tips and Warnings

  • Some types of green mold may develop resistance to certain fungicides. To combat this, apply two chemically different types of fungicide.

Things You'll Need

  • Fungicide
  • Spray bottle
  • Damp cloth


  • University of Florida: Green Mold
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About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. She is a featured poet on NYC public radio, is the winner of the San Jacinto & Alethean Literary Societies' Poetry Award, and has authored three collections of poetry including "cold days," "bastante" and "short poems." She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Southwestern University.