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you’ve probably seen – that dirty dirty stuff in your garden, on street trees, and their bonsai. It has a name -. Fumagina

Sooty mold

sooty mold on Camellia

Although it may seem creepy closely, is not one of the most harmful garden pests. is sooty mold fungus that grows on the honeydew secreted by aphids, scale or other insects that feed on sap.

Sooty mold

fumagina foreground

While the mold itself is rarely a threat to bonsai, insects are generated molasses. On the positive side, if you can control pests, you can control the black mold.

Sooty mold

sooty mold on the bottom of a sheet of camellia

What to do when you see fumagina in bonsai?

  • find out what is creating molasses
    • If it is coming from an overhead tree in the garden, consider moving the bonsai far from the tree infested
    • If you are coming scale, aphids or other insects in bonsai itself, treat insects with insecticidal soap, oils, pesticides contact and / or systemic pesticides
  • Make sure the bonsai is getting enough sunlight and is being properly watered

Aphids

sooty mold on the pine foliage

If the leaves are sturdy enough, sooty mold can be cleaned. If this is not a good option because of the size of the sheet (chojubai), shape (pine needles) or fragility (azalea), watering from above – as long as the foliage does not stay wet for too long – can help rinse away the mold.

This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com


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