Q.Pea Plants Have Ants In Soil,Basil/Cilantro Plants Have Yellow-white Growth.What Can I Do?
Hello. Rather recently, I started a small potted garden with some Basil, Cilantro, and Snap pea plants all from seeds. Everything is growing pretty well but In the past 3 days, I’ve noticed some ants crawling around in the pot with my pea plants. Also, In my Basil and Cilantro plants, there’s some weird yellow-white growth which I’ve attached pictures of. Also, on all 3 of the plants, although not as bad on the Basil and Cilantro plants, there’s what looks to be some mold growing. I also put a photo of this below. This is my first time growing anything so any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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There are several different possibilities, as these are among the most common and most difficult to identify group of fungi.
Most of these types of fungus are benign and will not cause any harm to your plants, but being on top of the soil surface means that the soil has not had adequate time to dry out between waterings.
When proper watering is achieved, it will be very difficult for fungi to take hold at the soil surface level. Generally, you will want to wait until the top two or three inches is completely bone-dry between waterings.
Though these will not harm your plant, it does signal that the environment is right for bad bacteria and fungi to take hold, also.
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