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Q.What’s this white rootlike thing in my soil?

Zone San Pedro, Laguna | Lambayag added on September 13, 2019 | Answered

I just started gardening recently and I germinated seeds on plastic cups then these white fungi roots started appearing, should I get rid of it?

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Answered on September 13, 2019

It is hard to say. If you are using wild soil to germinate , then it is best to pasteurize the soil first at 180F degrees or just a little above for 3 hours prior to planting. It looks like one of the many leaf rotting fungi, and they probably won't bother your seedlings. If it is going after more than leaves, and rotting wood then you may want to start over, as they have a chance at eating your seedlings. It just depends on whether the fungus prefers living or dead matter.

Here is an article that will help you to pasteurize your soil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/sterilizing-soil.htm

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