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Dec 22, 2016 8:38 AM CST
Hi everyone I recently bought a cheap spider plant from the store and after transplanting the top layer of soil is totally infected with small orange mold! Any ideas of what this is / how to get rid of it would be great!
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Dec 22, 2016 8:45 AM CST
Hi, you got some answers when you posted this question a couple of days ago. You can find them here. If you have any questions about navigating the site do feel free to ask so that we can help:

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Dec 22, 2016 8:49 AM CST
It looks like to me that it could be some wood chips in the potting soil which are decomposing. As a side note I would suggest that the spider plant didn't need that large of a pot.
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Dec 22, 2016 1:11 PM CST
Possible things that might help:

Water it less.

Keep the surface drier by "top-dressing" with something very coarse like small gravel or bark chunks. The surface should not be decomposable (not be rapidly edible by fungi).

If you have a draftier spot with good light, try that or a small fan aimed at the soil surface.

Use a potting mix with less or no decomposable organic matter. Compost is helpful in in-ground-soil, but risky in containers.

Use a potting mix that drains faster and holds less water.

Move it to a much smaller pot for the first several years.

Pick out or scrape off the fungi as you see them. (This is practical because the fungi are probably not harmful.

You could also ignore the fungus. No fungus gnats yet, right?

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