Saprophytic Soil Fungus

Hey there guys. Just dropping in to drop some quick knowledge.

Saprophytic soil fungus is beneficial for cannabis and nothing to worry about. It breaks down decaying organic matter and releases enzymes that help create a humus.

In lay terms- it breaks down dead stuff into stuff your plants can eat.

It serves a similar function as aerobic bacteria in the soil.

It grows in a thin soft fuzzy white blanket over the top soil.

If you see it, don’t freak out. You can let it be and it will help you if you’re growing organic.

I’ll add a photo soon so you can see what it looks like. Managed to get some going on my coco with a coco hydro grow using the homegrown organic nutrients. First time ever doing a coco hydro grow that could support saprophytic fungus.


Where’s the pix of the Saprophytic Soil Fungus…

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Zoom in to the white blotches of what looks to be Mycelium starting…, needs a little more time!

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Around 20 hrs later!


@CkNugz is that soil overly wet? Or is moisture a factor in its growth?

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Only put a gallon or so of water in the soil mix. Then put a lid on it. :sunglasses:

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Fantastic knowledge bomb! Being a somewhat weak yet very adept at organic decomposition, these fun guys (fungi, get it?) generally show up during the establishment of the soil biosphere. The best you can do is lightly stir the soil surface, mixing them into the top layer. This mixing breaks up their hyphae network and initiates a form of reproduction and slowed growth, giving other soil communities time to assert themselves. If you would rather skip this step in soil biome assertion, ferment your potting mix beforehand! You mix up a super soil recipe of your choice, keep it covered or in bags, and let it sit for a month. If you can stir or mix it once a week or more, even better! This gives your microbial communities time to establish, expand, and begin to break down soil nutrients into usable, buffered forms.
Your plants benefit from the rich diversity of life in their root zone. MOST soil microbes do not directly interact with the plants, but the simple act of their life cycle, living and dying and reproducing, creates and makes available a diverse array of plant nutrients.
Feed the biome! It feeds your plants better than you ever could hope to :blush: