Identification: weird lint like substance on my plant pot and bud rot

Discussion in 'Fruit and Vegetable Gardening' started by Ilman, Nov 25, 2023.

  1. Ilman

    Ilman New Member

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    hello! hope all is well. anyways, to whoever sees this, im very worried for my cayenne chili! i brought it in for the winter as it cant stay cold. its a tropical plant after all. i have not watered it in 3 weeks up to a month, and the soil is still hydrated. i assume that would cause problems. so on to the problems in the title.

    1. there is this weird lint like substance on the soil. im assuming its mold, and hopefully wont harm the plant. it may also be flour as i've been making bread in the same place, and it might just have drifted on. as far as i know, that isnt harmful. note: the image makes it look whiter than it actually is. it is gray.

    2. the first tiny buds i have on the plant have turned pitch black, so has any of the touching stem. hopefully this isn't going to spread, but the last time i had this problem, it was with my zucchini plant. that zucchini plant's female buds would always rot. i ended up getting no zucchinis which was sad.

    all i want is what this could be.
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    It looks reasonably OK to me; the main problem is probably lack of light with the short winter days meaning the buds have aborted. If you can rig up some very bright lights such as daylight (not 'warm' yellowish) LED bulbs to bring it up to 12 hours of bright light per day, it would probably start growing again well.
     
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    ok! i have this big flat light that is meant to mimic sunlight for people who dont get enough sunlight. i think its fluorescent though, and also its completely white and ive heard that plants need a spectrum of colour. you can see the light in the left of the first image. after i put it up, the plant started growing way faster than before. i put it there yesterday right before taking the pics, so i guess we'll have to wait to see if it works. thank you!
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    That sounds a perfect lamp; white is of course the full spectrum of colour, so that's ideal.
     

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