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Re: white mould

Hi Ronald,

I don't know if this will go to the list or not since I have moved my
email and the old address is just forwarding and doesn't really exist
anymore (prodigy.com closed down due to Y2K concerns).

Anyway.. It sounds to me like you have a mold that is similar to damping
off. That can occur in some peat mixes that are kept too moist. Let the
surface dry out and sprinkle some fine sand over the to top of the mix
since this fungus need oxygen to grow. It will smother the stuff. I have
heard that a strong chamomile tea sprayed on the surface will help
control that kind of fungus but don't have any personal experience with

The fungus can destroy seedlings but I am not sure that it will hurt
cuttings but I suspect that is can cause some problems until the roots
are fully developed.

Hope this helps.

Dale Neil
Rock Island, Illinois Zone 5

Ronald Leger wrote:
> I have brought in my geraniums for the winter. They were potted up
> in a mixture of black potting soil, peat moss and perlite. I have
> also successfully rooted some cuttings in peat moss and perlite.
> However some of my pots have now started to have a white mould
> developing on their surface. Is this dangerous, and if so, how can I
> get rid of the mould. Thanks in advance for your help.
> Ronald Leger
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