Mold in my gritty?

kernul1July 1, 2011

So I was removing some stakes I had used for transplant plant support and when I pulled them out they all had what appeared to be mold on them. This only happened in one section of a planter box filled with gritty.

Any idea what this is (mold?). Is it damaging to the plants? Should I retransplant with fresh gritty?

Note this window container is on a north facing window and gets no direct light. I also have about 25 containers in the gritty mix now and this is the only one I have seen it in.

Here are pics:

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, Kernul, I've found some mold on my wooden skewer, as well.
I haven't noticed any negative effects on the plant in the container (a Black Pearl pepper),
so I'm going to assume it's not a problem. I did wipe the skewer off the first time I saw it.


    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 7:05PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Plants live in harmony with thousands of species of fungi & molds, only a few of which cause problems under certain circumstances, so I wouldn't worry about it too much unless you start seeing issues you're quite sure are related.


    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 7:47PM
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Great. Thanks Josh and Al! I'll let it be then and just monitor the plants.


    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 11:37PM
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Hi everyone.

I had some on a stick I left in one of my pots too. I just assumed it was natural when moisture rests against wood in dark places anyway.


    Bookmark   July 2, 2011 at 9:14AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Yes, indeed, Mike :-) Welcome back!


    Bookmark   July 2, 2011 at 12:32PM
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