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    HELP!! Sphagnum fungus...

    Much to my horror, I found this growing in one of my sphagnum trays. Any sure fire remidies to kill the fungus and not the sphagnum? (I'm assuming it's fungus)
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    I think you have spider mites.
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    EGAD!!

    What in the H-E-double-hockey-sticks is THAT?? ??

    Did you blow your nose in there?

    That does not look good.

    What can attack Spag like that? I thought live Spag was almost indestructible?
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    Sorry PK, it ain't spider mites. I've delt with them dozens of times in a previous life. Although it does resemble their webs, there is not a sign of insects/arachnids in the tray. It does look very much like cultures I've had of mycilia, also from another lifetime, when I grew mushrooms. It also reacts to the touch like mycilia, turning into a substance I can best describe as slimy mush. Nothing at all like mite web.
    I guess I could wait to see if I get any 'fruiting bodies', LOL!!!
    Anyone else?

    ..and no Fryster, it's not nose excriment.

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    would putting it outside in the direct sun help kill the fungus?

    ~b

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    I've had mushrooms infest my Nepenthes Hamata LFS (along with drosera) and grow out from all the holes in my net pot I didn't think there was anything for the mycelium to feed on in a CP soil mix.

    If it is mushroom mycelium you can probly cull out the few dense patches and expose the LFS to moving air til signs of the fungus goes away. Mycelium stage doesn't like fresh air movement that might keep any remaining strands from getting another foothold. I'd start another tray of LFS just incase though.

    If you fruited mushrooms in the same area (or even the same house) you probly have mucho spores floating around in the air. Carpets are great for archiving spores -releasing them when you walk on them.

    Edit: Put some 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol in a mister bottle and give your sphganum a good misting. That will likely wipe out the fungus at least on the surface, should be OK for the sphagnum if you spray well with water about 10 mins after the alcohol treatment. Alcohol on a paintbrush works to spot kill bugs without hurting Neps or Drosera too.

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    Scoop out the worst bits and treat as suggested by Swords with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Do not use a fungicide like Physan 20 which will kill the Sphagnum in literally a blink of the eye.

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    I don't know if it kills sphagnum, but cinnamon works pretty good for getting rid of molds.
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