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Jun 4, 2020 12:34 PM CST
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
This is the first time I've had this problem. I repotted this guy a few months ago. I noticed the soil takes a long time to dry out, but I always let it dry completely before watering. I watered it a few days ago, and I just noticed that the top soil is starting to mold. What should I do? Change out the soil?
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Jun 4, 2020 12:55 PM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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No don't change the soil because that will stress the plant. Looks like your container may not have good drainage. Let the soil dry and the mold should go away, its not a problem and won't hurt anything but may be a indication you are keeping the soil too wet. .
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Jun 4, 2020 2:55 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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The pot is probably too large and retaining water for too long. Please post a photo that shows the entire plant and its pot.

What was your reason for repotting?
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Jun 17, 2020 3:41 PM CST
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
I repotted it from the nursery pot, it was very root bound. Maybe the next pot was too big?
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Jun 18, 2020 8:06 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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If the original rootball is still intact as it was in the photo you posted, then carefully take it out and remove the soil you added before.

Then move it into a smaller pot with a drian hole. Use a soilless, peat-based potting mix so that it will be mold-free.
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Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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Jun 18, 2020 9:15 AM CST
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
Thank you for the help!
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