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skinny hairlike creatures ewwww

Posted by rofl57 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 17, 12 at 13:47

I started my begonia bulbs a couple weeks ago and there are what looks like long white filaments or hair on top of the soil, and they move. What are they and what do I do about them? Right now I have the entire pot/plant enclosed in a baggie, but I'm concerned that will be too much moisture as the leaves have sprouted.


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RE: skinny hairlike creatures ewwww

It is just a fungus. It develops when the humidity and air temps are just right. Your growing conditions are too damp so cut back on the watering and likely there is insufficient ventilation/air circulation. Using a small fan to move th air makes a BIG difference.

Dave


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RE: skinny hairlike creatures ewwww

Thank you, but I think I haven't explained them very well. It isn't the stuff that looks like fluffy mold. These guys look like the trails left behind by slugs, but they move, like worms.


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RE: skinny hairlike creatures ewwww

my guess is fungus gnat larva. they were in my potting soil and i lost alot of my seedlings because of them.


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RE: skinny hairlike creatures ewwww

like long white filaments or hair on top of the soil, and they move

look like the trails left behind by slugs, but they move, like worms

Those are 2 very different descriptions. There are any number of airborne fungus spores and one of the most common looks like long white hairs laying on the top of the soil and they appear to move as they shift with the slightest air current.

Then, if the plants are outside and you are using garden dirt, there are nematodes. Long wire/hair-like parasites.

Otherwise, without at least a picture of what you are seeing there is no way to know. But fungus is by far much more likely than anything else.

Dave


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RE: skinny hairlike creatures ewwww

I think it's fungus gnat larva too. I bought some potting soil from Costco a couple of years ago and that was the first time I ever had problems with fungus gnats.


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