Soil Problems

Nostoc or Star Jelly Substance on Soil

Anonymous added on February 25, 2014 | Answered

What do we do with nostoc or star jelly substance on soil? We think this is the gelatinous glob on the soil and we would like to know how to rid of the substance.

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Answered on February 25, 2014

In container plants,  this is simply due to moisture retaining additive found in potting soil or bagged compost, which absorbs excess water and gradually releases the jelly-like substance as the soil dries. Nothing to worry about. It could also be due to some type of pest or fungus if found in regular garden soil. In this case, treating the soil with neem oil is helpful.

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