Do any of the pros on this site have any comment on this issue? Been growing from clones/cuttings for a while, but haven't started seeds until now. Having the same issue. Do I say OH SHIT, or should I be thankful the white fungus is in the Fox Farm Ocean Forest soil I'm using? Just planted the beans a couple days ago, no sprout yet.
Worried parent. Thank you for any wisdom that you all may provide.
Not a 'pro' by any means but I do have an opinion...and it's free.
The primary reason a fungus or a mold will appear in an organic medium (your FFOF
) is due to one or a combination of several things; dampness and/or a high level of organic matter, and/or lack of air circulation. There's zillions of these fungi and molds that live in and around us all the time - even the air you're currently breathing. It would be a rare case for the indoor gardener to worry about any of them you may find growing in your container. Pretty harmless really and some might even be considered beneficial.
If it is of great concern to you empty the bag of FFOF and spread it out to dry. Once the water source is removed (dried out
) it'll die. If it's not a great concern to you then just plant and go. At some point you'll be getting into brewing AACT's and you will be making your own beneficial fungi and bacteria and ADDING them to the soil! LOL! It's the natural progression to do so!
There may be some that will argue this point but the appearance of a harmful
mold or fungi on or in the soil is almost always
in large agricultural or greenhouse operations. I think it will be extrememely unlikely that what you are seeing in your FFOF is a 'bad thing'. And for what you paid for the FFOF you might as well use it. I would!