fungus in the soil - Knowledgebase Question

La Puente, Ca
Question by grm712
March 2, 2011
In preparing to put a mum down, I began to dig a hole along the fence and found a lot of white stringy material in the soil. Some clumped up and a friend took some apart and found what seemed like small pieces of wood in it. I'm afraid to put my plant in the soil and have it die. How can I get rid of it? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
March 2, 2011


The fungus you describe is quite typical when old roots (or pieces of wood) are in the process of decomposing underground. Now that you've removed the decaying wood from the soil, any string fungus that's left behind will die out. It won't attack the healthy root system of you new mum. It only develops when there is decaying organic matter in the ground. Go ahead and plant your mum. It should be just fine.

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