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Fuzzy Hydroton

This is a discussion on Fuzzy Hydroton within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a question. I have switched most of my plants to the hydroponic system. ...

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    Exclamation Fuzzy Hydroton

    I have a question. I have switched most of my plants to the hydroponic system. At first, I had my doubts because the plants seemed stressed and some of the leaves went limp. I saw that some of the roots became brown and didn't look that great.

    After a month or so, things turned around and now I'm seeing vigorous root growth (I'm talking THICK healthy roots) and the leaves are looking better and better. I'm also seeing an insane amount of spikes (which is always a plus!)

    Anyway, I write because sometimes the TOP of the hydroton gets "fuzzy". It looks like a hairy little caterpillar. I'm still in denial and keep thinking that it's just dust. Other times, it looks like a spider web. It's hard to describe. I'll have to post a picture of it. I don't have a fan on these plants because I've noticed that the fan REALLY DRIES out the hydroton and roots. What is the fuzzy stuff? Is this mold? Any help would be appreciated!

    Thanks.

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    It really, really looks like a spider web spread over the clay balls? I have that on ONE of my plants when I brought it in this fall. I removed the webbing once, but it isback, so I will be very interested in hearing what others think it may be.

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    I would guess mold, but have not seen it before. If either of you can post a photo, it might help to identify what it is.

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    Please post a picture Jake, it can be some kind of fungus.

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    You've got me wondering...I just switched some plants over. I sure hope they dont get this one!

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    Ok so here is a picture. Sorry it took me so long. I've been super busy!

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    I had the same thing, don't know if it was mold or fungus. I just sprayed it with listerine and rinsed. Problem gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkhom View Post
    I had the same thing, don't know if it was mold or fungus. I just sprayed it with listerine and rinsed. Problem gone.
    And it had nice breath as well.
    Carl

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    I looks like snow mold. Listerine would probably work because of the alcohol in it. Probably though Hydrogen Peroxide, Physan or something like that would be better.

    Mold usually develops when the environment is too moist. A fan would help to keep it from redeveloping.

    That's a nice root you have starting there.

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    That is not what I had in one pot. I knocked it off the shelf a week ago and had to scrape up all the escaping ali-flor. I noticed a black colored spider scuttling away, so I think I really did have a spider web in that one pot!

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