The Q&A Archives: Problem with clover in houseplants

Question: I have something that looks like clover that is growing in most of my potted houseplants. It must spread by seed, but I have never let the clover get that far. I have tried pulling it up,but the roots are too deep and seem to attach to the house plant roots. Is there something that I can spray on them that will not harm the plants? This clover is red, very leggy and has white flowers. Thanks for your help, Anne

Answer: What an interesting find! I suspect the clover either spread by seeds or there was a tiny root in the potting soil and it grew into a plant. In any event, the only way to entirely remove the clover and not harm your houseplants is to repot your plants in fresh potting soil. When you remove your plants from their pots, brush or rinse away as much of the potting soil as possible. Setting the roots in a bucket of water and swishing the plant around should untangle the clover roots from the houseplant roots. Then thoroughly wash the pots, fill them with fresh potting soil, replant your houseplants, then water everything well. The act of removing and replacing the old potting soil should control the volunteer clover.

Best wishes with your houseplants.

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