Dymondia Dying

naveenreddy_laNovember 16, 2008


A little over a week ago I purchased a bunch of Dymondia in flats. I had them out in sun for a few days but was sure to water them occasionally to keep them drying out. The primary purpose was to plant them between concrete pavers on my patio.

As I started to plant the Dymondia I noticed a white fuzzy mold forming on the soil. Unfortunately the area I am planting right now does not receive much sun, but from spring to early autumn is does. With this in mind I was sure not to over water, but to water enough to get the plants started. Now this mold has started to rot and kill a number of the Dymondia that I have planted as well a number of plants in the flats. Aside from putting the flats in the sun and using a fungicide on the Dymondia in ground, I am not sure what else I can do.

I have never this problem before with any other plants I have purchased in flats. Typically I regularly water the plants in the flats until they are ready to go in the ground. Clearly this is moisture issue as the mold seems to have established and moved quite rapidly. I am going to call the nursery tomorrow to see how to resolve this issue.

Does anyone have any experience with something like this? Was this foreseeable, or something endemic to the Dymondia that I purchased?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Naveen Reddy

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Belgianpup(Wa/Zone 7b)

It's late for me to chime in, but I'm wondering if it is Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Below is some info on it.


Here is a link that might be useful: Sclerotinia sclerotiorum info

    Bookmark   January 28, 2009 at 6:09PM
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I'm having exactly the same problem as the OP, moisture is creating a slimey mold and rotting away areas of my dymondia ground cover.

I tried using Bonide's Copper Fungicide to combat the Sclerotinia Sclerotiorum but I haven't been able to stop the rot.

Anyone have any suggestions?


    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 1:33PM
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Brian McGrath

Did anyone find a solution to this? Have healthy dymondia that out of nowhere started getting this and hit hard and fast :(

    Bookmark   October 31, 2014 at 5:44PM
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I've had no luck. It's really frustrating.

The summer heat killed off 1/3 of my Dymondia this year (with regular watering) and now the white mold has come back again for a third year and will take another 1/3 in the next few months.

This stuff isn't drought tolerant. I planted my backyard with it a few years ago in the hopes it would be a ground cover replacement for grass, but no luck. It suffers in the Los Angeles summer and is prone to disease in the winter.

Let me know if you find any solution, but I might be ready to give up. Thx

    Bookmark   November 14, 2014 at 11:53AM
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