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    Fuzzy Fungus in my Ping

    Hey Y'all -

    I have a P. Esseriana that I got a week or two ago. I got it bare root, and a few days after I potted it up, a fuzzy moldy-looking thing developed on the surface of the media. Mr. SDCPs tells me it's damping off fungus.

    I took his advice and let the media dry up a little - I haven't watered it in a week. However, I peeked into my grow rack this morning and found the fungus to be worse than ever.

    I already scooped out some fungus-ridden media but the fungus grew back. I've been careful to remove dead plant matter so it doesn't rot.

    I have two questions:

    1) is it time to try some fungicide? I have Safer brand sulfur-based fungicide.

    2) I've read that a natural remedy for damping off fungus is to boil some cloves of garlic in water and spray it on the soil. I just prepared some (using RO water of course) and it's cooling right now. The oil in the garlic is supposed to act as a natural fungicide. Would you recommend I try that first?

    Any advice would be much appreciated!

    Here's what the fungus looks like:



    Thanks in advance!

    Edit: I did check out other threads with a search, but they were years old and had few answers, so I figured I'd ask again.

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    Cinnamon sprinkled is another thing. More light and less moisture also helps.

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    Hey, nice. Loving these kitchen remedies. So you think I should go ahead and try it? Nothing about this garlic water will be offensive to my pings, right?

    I'm afraid I'm stuck with the amount of light I have. But I can control the moisture, of course. I'm liking the cinnamon idea because I don't need to add water! So just put a light dusting on the soil? On the plants too? And should I water it in?

    Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Garlic is high in sulfur so that's where the anti-fungal properties come from. Next time sterilize your mix with a 10% bleach solution. Let sit for 20-30 minutes, rinse well, and let it sit overnight before potting.

    It's not unusual for peat moss or long fiber sphagnum to bloom with a white thready fuzz. Most of the times it clears up on its own after a week or so with no lingering effects.
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    So I did a very light dusting of cinnamon and watered it in with some garlic water. All I need now is a little eye of newt, perhaps kidney of iguana, and I'll have an excellent anti-zombie potion lol.

    Now I'm just going to let it dry up again and leave it alone!

    Yeah, next time I repot or plant anything I'm definitely going to rinse and sterilize my media. I haven't done that ever before and all of my pots have at least a little algae in them--or worse, fungus in this case! Ah well, every n00b like myself must come to this realization eventually.

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    I don't think ya need to water the cinnamon.

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    You mean it won't sprout plantlets??

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    I encourage that kind of fungus bloom with all my CP. I use Trichoderma harzianum Rifai strain KRL-AG2 (RootShield). This fungus is awesome.
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