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Dubai, UAE
May 22, 2020 9:18 AM CST
Small white deposits keep appearing around the roots, and close to the surface of my potted plants. Today I dug up a plant that's dying, and I realised these deposits are stuck around it's roots further deeper in the soil. These are small with a maximum size of about 1cm. They are a bit hard and crunchy when i tried pressing them. They break when I applied some pressure. Can someone tell me what these are, and if they are killing my plants, and if yes, how can I get rid of them?

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
May 22, 2020 9:31 AM CST

I think that's perlite, part of the soil.
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Dubai, UAE
May 22, 2020 1:50 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

I think that's perlite, part of the soil.

This plant had been around a year with me, in the same soil. I didn't see this deposit in this pot earlier. If it is Perlite as you suggest, any reason why it would be more concentrated around the roots, and almost stuck to them. Does it harm the planta?

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