So it's winter, and for my stuffy little apartment that means mold season. I've got a number of plants with molds developing on their soil - I haven't noticed any CPs afflicted (knock on wood) but the following have some sort of fuzz on their substrate:
Norfolk Island Pine
Some orchid (a terrestrial, looks vaugely like Onicidium)
Several unidentified cacti
Several large, container planted Tillandsias
Wild cinnamon tree
There are a number of afflicted houseplants that I'm pretty sure can take it (and I just don't care, I want the mold gone) that I think I'll just treat regardless. I want to use NEEM, but I don't know much about it.
Will harm the above plants? Will it harm CPs? Will it harm me if I use it indoors?
It was suggested to me that this mold might be a beneficial strain, blooming because of the warm, humid conditions in here. I took these pictures of some of the afflicted plants.
Does anyone think that I shouldn't kill this stuff? Even if it is beneficial, I have allergies and asthma, and it can't be good for me, my roommate or my animals to be breathing all these mold spores. If I kill it and it was beneficial, will that be the end of my plants, or will they just have retarded growth for a while?
Mods: Feel free to move this to a more appropriate area - I just didn't know where to put it as I'm asking about all sorts of plants.
PS - Aside for the mold on the ceramic containers, most of this stuff has shown up in the past week, appearing first in one container and rapidly spreading to others. That leads me to believe that it's some sort of recent epidemic, and not just another inhabitant of my houseplants' containers.