Postscript on slime molds

My tomato plant has a slime mold!

My tomato plant has a slime mold!

Slime molds seem to be traveling lately. For the first time, one of them appeared in a pot in my greenhouse. I was away for a few days and didn’t catch it in the act of crawling up on the side to form its spores, but there it is. I wonder if I brought the spores into the greenhouse on my hands or clothing after I found (and poked) the one under the juniper tree.

Once my cucumbers had mushrooms, a species that is considered a pest in greenhouses. I suppose it shows that fungi and slime molds spread themselves far and wide, like other organisms that depend on tiny spores for reproduction. Once in a while a spore lands in a good place to grow and that makes up for the huge numbers of spores that don’t grow into anything.

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2 Responses to Postscript on slime molds

  1. mildaber says:

    Hi!
    Can slime molds do any harm to living plants?

    BTW, a wonderful blog. 🙂

  2. bigpicturescience says:

    I had that slime mold travel around in my greenhouse last summer, and it developed in several pots of plants, but I did not observe any damage. That doesn’t mean that slime molds are harmless. Their diet of bacteria from decaying organics wouldn’t seem to conflict with the plant’s health, however. I’m glad you enjoy my blog.

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