Please advise if the white patches around the edge are mold on soil? I am new to planting mint indoors.

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  • Can you clarify what we're looking at please? It appears to be a clump of soil with some evidence of root material sitting in a container with water, and is very wet, with some bluish coloured bubbles or possibly gel like material to the right - I'm not seeing any foliage or evidence of an actual plant or any mint. Is there a mint plant somewhere, or are you talking about growing from seed?
    – Bamboo
    Jun 12, 2020 at 13:30
  • Thank you for the response. Yeap, growing from seed. I am wondering if the white spots are mold or just the seeds growing as it has been about 2 weeks. The blue gel material is the pot which they used to hold the rope as it is a self watering kit, I have attached an overall picture. Thanks.
    – Del
    Jun 12, 2020 at 20:12
  • How does the pot drain, or doesn't it? Did you sow the seeds into it (just making sure) and what soil did you use? Did you buy it as a kit with the seeds and pot altogether?
    – Bamboo
    Jun 12, 2020 at 22:47
  • nope the soil doesn't drain. yes I sow the seeds into it as shown on the instructions. As I plan to re pot it once it grows. Thanks.
    – Del
    Jun 13, 2020 at 16:13

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I'm not sure your seeds will ever germinate in that pot - the soil is saturated and fungal activity is almost a given in such circumstances. If you have any seeds left,sow some in an ordinary pot or seed tray with drainage holes, into new, damp potting (preferably seed starting) soil. Water carefully as necessary, but don't let the soil get soaked, allow excess water to drain away. If its still cold where you are, they may need some heat to get them growing, but otherwise, just stand them on the windowsill, but not in direct sun all day. Once they start into growth, wait till each seedling has at least one set of true leaves (the first leaves aren't true leaves), then carefully prick them out into individual pots around 5cm in size (bigger than that little pot you've got there). Further info on growing here, scroll down to sowing https://www.thompson-morgan.com/p/mint/857TM

  • Thank you so much. Will follow your advise and try again. 🙂
    – Del
    Jun 14, 2020 at 11:01

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