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Why is the new soil building mold?

The conditions for growing mold are warmth, soil consistently wet, little air movement and undisturbed soil, and the presence of spores to feed on the organic matter present. It is natural to find ...
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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

There appears to be a long standing insect infestation, possiby whitefly (does anything rise up and fly about when you go near or disturb the plant?) or scale infestation of some sort. The leaves ...
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How to prevent creation of mold while sprouting wheatgrass indoors?

It might, it might not, but there's no point in not removing the lid and exposing it to the air - it's come this far, and it may just be fine. If its not, then you'll have to start again, there isn't ...
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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

Your close up leaf images show an aphid infestation. In my experience, this is a highly persistent insect that infests chili plants amongst others with over 500 different types of Aphids specific to ...
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Identification of brown fungi/mold

Sounds like a puffball mushroom. Can't tell much from the remains, but the cloud of spores when burst is indicative. They are quite common. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puffball
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How can I recognize mould in the soil of potted plants?

If you're watering with tapwater and have done so for a while, some of this white deposit might be salts from the water; however, in reference to your other query, the salt deposits would have been ...
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Orange sponge-like mold growing on mulch - what is it and is it harmful?

Fairly sure you got slime mould Fuligo septica, commonly called dog vomit slime mould. Its substrate (what it grows on) is generally wood chips. It's not a fungus though as slime moulds fit into an ...
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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

My method: take all peppers and flowers. Then put in the soil some "Actara". This should be enough to save the plant, and not to poison yourself. Usually I take some pepper and I plant it again: they ...
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What is this white fungus on my oak tree?

I think it might be Woolly Aphid, specifically Woolly Oak Aphid, especially as you're in Florida. The only thing I'm not sure of is I can't find anything that says this particular form of woolly aphid ...
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What is this grey-white mold/fungus below my tree?

There's no reason to believe that this fungus is causing harm to your plant, and there's really no way to get rid of it without killing your plant. The soil appears to have a lot of coarse organic ...
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What is this fungus or mould on my oregano, and how should I treat it?

Change the environment to create one much more suitable for growing these plants. It's a good thing you told me where the Oregano was in the third picture, because it's next to impossible to tell. I'm ...
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What is this white furry-looking mold in my potted plants?

This is a simple 'gray mold' that is absolutely not harmful. Rake the top of the soil and it should go away. What I am worried about is your watering practices. This fungus needs constant ...
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Why is the new soil building mold?

This is totally common to have happen with new soil. It must not be sterilized very well or they added organic matter and fungal spores later. Not a problem. Use your fingers to 'fruff' up the top ...
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Is there a way to kill the mold on soil surface in pots?

This is usually a saphrophytic fungus - its there to consume dead material in the potting soil, but its continued presence indicates a watering issue, as well as air flow problems. If you are not ...
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How to avoid clay pots from turning white and moldy outside?

This is perfectly normal for terracotta pots - they are porous, so deposits from hard water, fertilizers and so on seep through to the outside and, once dry, are noticeable. Believe it or not,some ...
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Is having moss in your terrarium similiar to a layer of activated charcoal?

No, having a layer of moss in a closed terrarium is not similar to having activated charcoal, they serve different purposes.The activated charcoal, placed between the soil and the moss, acts as a ...
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What's wrong with my gardenia?

You've got a scale or whitefly infestation, and that has led to sooty mould infection. You don't need to worry about the sooty mould, it will disappear eventually on its own, its only there because of ...
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What type of bonsai is this, and how do I revive it?

Yeah, hate to give you bad news but this guy is toast. Why Bonsai does not come with instructions is irresponsible. Bonsai are just like a new pet. Constant attention. Because of the limited root ...
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Does mold on a seed always mean the death of that seed?

Mold can be lethal to seeds/seedlings if left unchecked. I germinated corn seed at one point, just to the point of root emergence, in wet paper (this was going to peat pots in the cold frame, and from ...
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Is this white fluff on my indoor grass bad for the plant, people, or pets?

Oh, perfect conditions for mould/fungal growth - dense foliage, warmth from a heater, wet soil along with, by the look of it, wet leaves as well, poor or no air movement. Cut out the affected areas, ...
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How to prevent creation of mold while sprouting wheatgrass indoors?

If it is really fungus that you see, and not just root hairs, it could be the symbiosis between the plant and the fungus which is called (arbuscular) mycorrhiza. The plant gets minerals from the ...
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I planted raw almonds and they got very moldy. What to do?

Do not worry about mycelium on and in the soil. If your almond seed was moldy then they just won't germinate. Soil is always full of fungal spores. When the soil gets disturbed, water added, some ...
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Mold on tomato leaves

Welcome to Powdery Mildew. It is the only fungus I know, that can be treated after infection. Get a spray bottle and mix 9:1 Water and milk. Spray on your leaves and stems once a day. This worked ...
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Moldy apple core in potted plant

Composting takes place where there is decomposition, high heat and pressure. Typical compost bins are up three cubic feet. Commercial composting often uses piles ten or twenty feet high. Both are ...
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What is this white mold growing in my germinating avocado roots?

From my experience, you can and should remove those from avocado roots. I do not know what that is exactly but I observed that the more of those bumps appear on the roots, the slower the seed develops....
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Why are my seeds getting moldy

None of strawberries, raspberries, or kiwi fruit are grown commercially from seed. Strawberry plants produce "runners" which can be cut off to start a new plant. Raspberry plants can be dug ...
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What is soil mold and how to kill it

So, first off: I have no clue what kind of mold or fungus this one is. So the advice below is generic, but you told me in chat some of it worked (or seemed to be working), so I'll write down what I ...
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What is growing on the edge of my flower pots? (indoor)

These are naturally occurring salts from the water added to the pot. As clay is permeable it absorbs the water with the salts. As it dries and the water moves into the soil the salts are left behind ...
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