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Posted 2w ago by @emmiev123

What is this stuff?
Hi friends! I’ve notice this weird build up on the base of my Alocasia Bambino? Does anyone know what it is? It’s white and almost spikey looking! #Alocasia #AlocasiaAddicts
2ft to light, direct
6” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 days ago
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@emmiev123 @PlantMompy I had white powdery stuff growing on my jade plant— first pic. I let it get this bad because I thought it was calcium buildup from my tap water until it very clearly was not. 😅 You’ll see it’s not the same as the stuff on your plant, but in case it’s a similar nuisance (relatives in the white powdery mold family?), here’s what I tried and what finally worked:

1. Neem oil didn’t work. I cleaned the whole plant *thoroughly* with neem oil on a qtip and then I sprayed it with Natria for good measure. The mold was back in a couple days.

2. Trimming didn’t work. When it came back I trimmed off those branches and gave it another neem oil douse. I could hear the mold laughing at this point.

3. Mite spray didn’t work: I dunno why I even tried this.

4. Baking soda and water: YES.. this worked! The internet told me to mix baking soda and water together in a spray bottle. It killed the mold immediately and the stuff never came back. I wasn’t even that thorough with the spray because at that point I thought the plant wasn’t gonna make it… but (third pic) here she is today. On the way back to health from my hack job ✂️

TLDR: spraying a mixture of baking soda and water on it could be worth a try!
Another look at it!
The papery stuff? It’s normal. Peel it off or leave it. It’s a remnant of new growth
@emmiev123 @Annasea it’s this white stuff that grows on it, i can like wipe it off and it’s like powdery
Weird. They look like tiny roots but it’s powdery? Some kind of fungus maybe 🤔. It’s beyond me 😙. Someone here will know
I just noticed this on my Polly! I took off the brown to be safe, but was going to monitor from there. Keeping an eye on this thread....

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