Posted 2M ago by @Tariqcannings

Grey fluff growing on soil
As seen in the photos below my butterfly palm has been growing this grey/white fluff on its soil I have since reported it and got most of the soil off the roots, and after using expensive reporting houseplant soil it had still started to grow over the top again, the leaves have all curled over a bit but I don’t know if it’s normal or not ? Please any advice is appreciated I do NOT want to lose this plant!!!!! :( #HappyPlants #PlantsMakePeopleHappy #PlantAddict #help #Monstera #MonsteraMonday
2ft to light, direct
7” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 days ago
That’s normal! That usually means that the soil is staying wet for too long. It’s somewhat good for the plant and helps the plant take in nutrients! But I would be worried about the spores spreading
You need to repot to a sterile pot and sterile potting mix. Here are the steps:

1.Use a damp cloth to remove any signs of white fuzz that’s on plant leaves or stems.
2.Carefully remove the plant from its container and empty all the soil into a plastic bag.
3.Get rid of all the dirt from the roots by putting under running water.
4.Check the roots for any sign of disease and prune as necessary with sterile shears.
5.Take a sterile pot and fill it one-third full with the appropriate sterile potting soil.
6.Put the plant in the container and make sure it’s at the same growing height as before.
7.Fill the pot with the remaining soil and thoroughly water.
8.Water your plant again when the top 1” (2.5 cm) has dried out.

If you plan on using the same pot, it’s critical to sterilize it thoroughly before adding new potting soil. With plastic pots and ceramic pots, carefully wash the pot—inside and out—with hot soapy water. If you have a terracotta pot, it is probably best to discard it and get a new container.
It won’t hurt the plant at all though
@PlantyPlanter omg thank god! Have you any advice on how to keep it from spreading? Should I try to get rid of it?
I would like to add that although white fluffy is generally normal, gray fluffy mold can be a kind of fungus called Botrytis. This gray mold would hurt your plant if left untreated, so be careful!
@alissang is the fluff bad for the plant?
@alissang can you tell from the photos which you think it may be?
@Tariqcannings usually that means the soil is staying too wet. I dont know how you would get rid of it by like physically removing it Just make sure the soil is drying out and not staying to wet for too long. I know there are products you can use to spray on it to help.
@Tariqcannings it’s good for the plant
@Tariqcannings it can’t hurt the plant and helps it absorb nutrients. The only concern I would have is that the soil is staying to wet and that can lead to root rot. I’ll link a helpful post with remedies
If your plant starts to have this “web” on the leaves and the leaves start to wilt, it’s gray mold. Also if it turns brown!
@alissang yes. That would be a different kind of mold and that would mean your plant is decaying. @Tariqcannings as long as it’s just on the soil it’s fine!
If it doesnt spread, then i’d say it’s white. The color is hard to distinguish. You can find more information on white vs gray mold on plants and see which direction you want to take. I generally try to treat mold as soon as possible but I understand I dont know all about plants so 😅
@Tariqcannings I would consider quarantine if your worried about spreading
If you do choose to remove it, you may consider using a one to four ratio mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. One part hydrogen peroxide and three part water. You can put it in a spray bottle. It will not harm your plants and can even be sprayed on the stems and leave if you are having trouble with bugs such as fungus gnats and such as well.
It’s cotton candy!!

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