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Jade Plant Soil Is Covered In White Mould




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#1 Ashalicious

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Posted January 24 2016 - 01:39 PM

I don't understand why this is happening? I scooped out all the mould off of the soil one month ago, only to have it come back even thicker than it was before! I tried letting the soil dry out for weeks, and that didn't help either. I am not sure what to do. I don't want to have to throw out my Jade plant (his name is Patrick), but it can't be good to have a houseplant that has mouldy soil.

 

Any ideas as to what I could use to rectify this problem? I would prefer to not have to spend money on some kind of fertilizer, if at all possible.


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Posted January 24 2016 - 01:47 PM

You can totally replace the soil, wash the pot out with vinegar and water, rinse off the roots with room temp water. A Jade won't mind the disruption of the roots as long as you don't go bat shit crazy on them... even then they are pretty hardy plants.


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Posted January 24 2016 - 03:39 PM

I don't have any spare soil though, and I don't want to go buy a big bag of it.....I suppose I could bring it to my mother in laws. I am sure she has some extra soil kicking around.


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Posted January 24 2016 - 03:54 PM

Yeah, that would work... It should be repotted though, either with MIL's soil or a smallish bag from Walmart. 8 Qt. size of Miracle Grow soil is like $5.


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Posted January 24 2016 - 03:56 PM

Any idea what is causing the mould in the first place?


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Posted January 24 2016 - 04:00 PM

No, my only guess would be over watering... Jade is a succulent, they don't need a lot of water to begin with. I know you said you let the soil dry at one point, but that's after the mold had started. Could be the pot doesn't drain properly too.


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Posted January 24 2016 - 04:08 PM

little hydrogen peroxide mixed with water should knock the mold back.. will not harm your plant




 

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Posted January 24 2016 - 04:21 PM

^^ Really? Maybe I'll give that a try first. As long as you are 100% certain it wont harm my plant (his name is Patrick).


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Posted January 24 2016 - 05:48 PM

it will not harm your plant,, give maybe a cap full 3% to a quart spray bottle, just spray the surface of the soil.. 

you might want to research other fungicides safe for your plant..




 

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Posted January 24 2016 - 06:46 PM

You could also sterile the existing soil in the oven at 200F for about a half hour.  Place the soil in an oven proof pan lined with foil.  Seal the pan with foil and then bake it.   Allow to cool and repot your jade plant.


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