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Trish19-Dec-04 11:01 PM EST 3a   
Rocks21-Dec-04 04:43 AM EST 6b   
Dave16-Jan-05 12:21 PM EST 5a   
Trish19-Jan-05 07:57 PM EST 3a   
Rocks20-Jan-05 04:05 AM EST 6b   
Trish01-Feb-05 09:34 PM EST   


Subject: mold on soil of Amaryllis bulb.
From: Trish
Zone: 3a
Date: 19-Dec-04 11:01 PM EST

I have a healthy looking Amaryllis in full bloom in an East window. Mold has begun to grow on the surface of the soil. It has only been watered once since I planted it and I've been letting it dry out a bit but the mold is increasing rather than decreasing. Does anyone have any solutions using household materials that are non toxic? I could run out and by some benomyl but I'd rather not if there's another way. Thanks.


Subject: RE: mold on soil of Amaryllis bulb.
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 21-Dec-04 04:43 AM EST

I've used a light sprinkling of Cinnamon on the soil of my seedlings to combat soil fungus, so you might want to try that. It works and smells nice too. Good luck!


Subject: RE: mold on soil of Amaryllis bulb.
From: Dave
Zone: 5a
Date: 16-Jan-05 12:21 PM EST

I have used NO DAMP in a spray bottle. It may require more than 1 spraying. The Cinnamon that Rock mentions is interesting. I had some mold growing very quickly on the soil of one of my houseplants as well and I will try the Cinnamon. Natural if it works is better.Cinnamon you say???


Subject: RE: mold on soil of Amaryllis bulb.
From: Trish
Zone: 3a
Date: 19-Jan-05 07:57 PM EST

Thanks to both of you for the ideas. I never did succeed in eliminating the mold but it did not seem to stop the plant from blooming gloriously.


Subject: RE: mold on soil of Amaryllis bulb.
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 20-Jan-05 04:05 AM EST

Trish, did you try the cinnamon?

Dave, yes, I've used cinnamon on my seedlings with pretty good success in controlling the mold on the soil. I'd still lose the odd one to damping off, so I tried NO DAMP last year to seeif it was better and didn't like the smell. I didn't really notice any difference in the number of losses to damping off. So I'm going back to the tried and true, and pleasant smelling cinnamon for that purpose. It does need to be re-applied more often than NO Damp, but I prefer it.


Subject: RE: mold on soil of Amaryllis bulb.
From: Trish
Zone:
Date: 01-Feb-05 09:34 PM EST

Dear Rocks, Yes I did try the cinnamon, but it didn't seem to make a great deal of differnce. Maybe I wasn't persistent enough in applying it. It certainly does smell better than No-Damp.


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