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May 29, 2020 2:31 PM CST
We've recently tried our hand at growing hemp and, to our amazement, many of the seeds actually sprouted! So far the space we made for them has looked good an we've watered them regularly, but then I spotted white tendrils growing around them. At first glance I thought they were some type of mushroom because they have these striated black almost-caps on the ends. I looked up at information about what it could be but couldn't find a definite answer, except that it might be a fungus and that some fungus is good for hemp, which eased my mind. However, when I walked out to water today there were even more of the tendrils AND some of them had attached themselves to the leaves of some sprouts! I managed to get most of them off and ripped up the bigger ones but I'm at a loss of what to do from here. So, three questions: what are these things? Are they bad for my sprouts? and Should I move my sprouts to pots or keep them where they are?

Sorry for the long post, but any help would be super-duper appreciated! I took two pics, one of the sprout that got the most damage and the tendrils themselves.

Thanks in advance!!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
May 29, 2020 4:39 PM CST

Where did you get the soil you are growing your hemp in? Your little spaghetti sprouts look and are acting like Dodder.

Dodder is a parasitic plant. It germinates in the soil then attaches to a plant, then breaks its connection with the soil. From then on, the plant supports the Dodder.
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President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
May 29, 2020 7:21 PM CST
Thanks for the response DaisyI! We planted directly into the soil in our backyard that we added a mixture of sand and a little manure. I've never heard of a dodder plant before! The bit where it latches on makes sense, but looking at pics of them vs the things we have growing they don't really look the same. I hope it's not anyhow. Crossing Fingers!
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
May 29, 2020 7:34 PM CST
I agree with DaisyI. Dodder. There's just not many other things that behave like that. Do any other portions of your yard show the same white sprouts?

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