Mucus on plant pot soil - Knowledgebase Question

Greenport, Ne
Question by yolandarey
May 9, 2009
I prepared some pots on my deck with seeds and a week later the top of the soil is filled with clear mucus chuncks. There shouldn't be any slugs or pests on the soild so what can be causing it?

Answer from NGA
May 9, 2009


If you used one of the soil retentive potting soils, what you are seeing are the moisture holding copolymer chunks that are mixed in with the potting soil. If you remove a few from the soil and set them on a paper towel the water will evaporate and in a few days they will dry out and turn into hard little particles. You can then set them in a saucer of water and they will rehydrate. Copolymers are mixed into potting soils to help them retain moisture for the roots of the plants.

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