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I have a yellowish mold growing on top of the soil that my

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I have a yellowish mold growing on top of the soil that my tomato plant which is in a container, it all most looks like cake (spongy). I have tomatoes that are almost ripe. What is this mold or fungus?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Cher replied 6 years ago.
Hello and welcome to Just Answer.

What you are seeing may be saprophytic mold, which is not harmful to your tomato plant. Because plant soil is organic, it is susceptible to mold growth. It should disappear on it's own after completing it's life cycle, but you can continue to scrape it off, as it is unsightly.

If you only see this on top of the soil and not on the leaves, stems or the tomatoes themselves, it should not be damaging to your plant.

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