Pulling up a bunch of bolted vegies from my raised bed garden today, I noticed a white mold (looked closely, not root mealies) around the root area of all the plants. A friend told me it was called 'Snow Mold' around here.
Anyone have any idea:
1. Why it happens? Are there certain conditions over others that encourage it?
2. How to get rid of it? Is it a balancing of nutrients? Adding something (lime?)?
Would appreciate any help... I want to replenish the soil, add some chicken poop, dolomite, phosphate...but I also want to get rid of that mold!!
PS The photo is of a Vireya 'Java Plum'...very fragrant and blooms all of the time!
Hi Carol, that rot seems to encompass a plant and suffocate the roots. It has been a constant enemy of Tomatoes here! I was told that it is from having too much organic matter in the soil that is not decomposed.
The only way that I know of dealing with it is to add lime (calcium carbonate and / or dolomite) and try to cook down the organic matter. Earth worms may help too; if your raised bed is lacking worms, add some.
I will try to find out more about this. It is a garden problem for many folks here. Definitely worth figuring out how best to deal with the thing!
The white mold flourishes in upper Puna in heavy organic soils. (Puna muck). I only try to combat it in my kitchen garden, as it is here to stay. I mix fine black cinder from Kapoho to give the soil more drainage, and sprinkle with lime. It seems to help. It grows like crazy in both mulch from the Hilo dump, and in horse manure.
I talked to some folks at Komohana today...and when I explained that everything was growing beautifully, and that the soil is full of worms everyone agreed that the mold is a goodguy - one of the IMO and that I am lucky! I tend to agree. It does not smell bad, nothing is slimey... I do water seedlings in with a chickenmanure tea with molassas added.