What is sooty mold you might be asking? Sooty Mold is a plant mold. It grows in the honeydew or secretion of many common plant pests, such as aphids or scale. These pests cover the leaves of your plant in honeydew, and the sooty mold spore lands on the honeydew and begins to reproduce.
The plants twigs, branches or leaves will be covered in a grimy, black soot. The appearance comes off as a burnt look. Treating for sooty mold is best done by treating the source of the problem. This would be the pests that excrete the honeydew the mold needs to live.
First you must determine the type of pest you have and eliminate that from the plant. Once the pest problem has been solved, the sooty plant mold growth can be easily washed off the leaves, stems and branches.
The plant mold growth is not lethal to plants, but the pests that it needs to grow, can kill a plant. If you find that you’re having this issue with your plants, reach out to a Palm Coast Pest professional today!