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Aug 30, 2016 6:45 AM CST
On top of the soil and roots of my plants appears to be fungi and i'm not sure if it's ok for it to be there or if it's unhealthy for the plants? It's growing on all three of my plants. Also, what caused it to be there?

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Name: James
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Aug 30, 2016 7:09 AM CST
Hi! Welcome! .

Sorry about your mold/fungi concern! This is usually non harmful to plants, however, it is best to remove it by gently scooping out the top layer of soil and letting the remaining soil dry before replacing it. This happens quite frequently with indoor plants that require or get minimal light and are accompanied with active watering. It would probably be safe to try to enhance air flow around the plant, possibly water less, or if it keeps coming back, to maybe try an organic fungicide such as cinnamon or vinegar to keep it at bay.

How often are you watering and how much light is the plant receiving per day?
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Aug 30, 2016 11:33 AM CST
My plants are on a window sill, so the air flows regularly and i water it when the soil is about to go dry. It's positioned so that the plant doesn't get direct sunlight or it could burn @jamesacclaims

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