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Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
Etizzy
Jun 4, 2020 12:34 PM CST
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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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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oneeyeluke
Jun 4, 2020 12:55 PM CST
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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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 4, 2020 2:55 PM CST
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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Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
Etizzy
Jun 17, 2020 3:41 PM CST
I repotted it from the nursery pot, it was very root bound. Maybe the next pot was too big?
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jun 18, 2020 8:06 AM CST
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.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
Etizzy
Jun 18, 2020 9:15 AM CST
Thank you for the help!

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