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Monday, November 5, 2012
Moss Monday: Mold on Moss (Q & A)
Thanks to reader Kelly for her question on the post Prevention and Dealing with Pests, Fungus and Disease in Terrariums.
Question: My terrariums lately have grown a type of fungus and even tiny mushrooms. Will this kill my irish moss? Is there anything that can be done to "clean" the moss? Or is this harmless?
Answer: I do not think mushrooms could kill your moss but if the fungus is web-looking you may be facing trouble. You may try removing the fungus or mushrooms with tweezers or chopsticks to clean it out. Next time you build a terrarium you may want to wash the moss first and watch it for a few days before putting it in your terrarium.
To recap my general advice to prevent or at least minimize the chance of mold or pests appearing in a terrarium:
1.) Rinse all containers with a bleach/water mix before planting (with a day or two to dry out).
2.) Wash newly harvested moss and look for pests or unwanted plants in the chunks.
3.) Quarantine new plant specimens in a "holding tank" for a period of time so you can observe their behavior and adaptation to the terrarium environment.
Have you had problems with fungus or mold in your moss terraria?