Mold/fungus? How to get rid of it? Also, plant ID!
I got this plant from WalMart about a year and a half ago. I have no idea what it is; it's label just said "Bonsai." Here's some pictures of it from this summer:
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd209/Windnose/IMAG0633.jpg (You can kind of see the fuzz free ends of the branches in this one)
Does anyone happen to know what plant this is?
More importantly, it did REALLY well this summer. I put it outside on the porch with the rest of my mom's plants and every time I went out there to check up on it, it was always blooming. It was full of foliage and a very healthy green. As it got colder and we had to move the plants inside, I suspected it was going to die back a bit and not look quite as healthy. But now, almost all of it's leaves are starting to fall off! Some of the leaves are still green when they fall off too! I took a closer look at it today, and noticed that it looks like a fuzzy brown mold is growing where the leaves are coming out of the plant. This mold-like stuff is mostly affecting the side of the plant that was facing away from the light (I have since turned so the side with the most damage is getting the majority of the light). D: This is so disheartening; is there some sort of remedy (preferably something I can make at home that won't cost much but anything will do) that will rid my plant of this? I wish I could just run through with some cutters and just trim off the affected parts, but if I do that, there would be hardly any leaves left and that would probably kill the plant.
I'm not 100% sure if the white on the soil is white mold or just residue from stuff in our water; I believe it is just from the well water we used to water it with; we now use rain water (have been for a couple months now). There appears to possibly be some green mold growing on the soil now as well; or that's the beginning of moss; I don't know. My main mold concern is the brown fuzzy stuff.
I transplanted it into that blue pot in the middle of last spring. I don't remember what type of soil I used.
I suppose, since I don't know what type of plant this is, it could naturally grow this fuzz in autumn/winter. But I've never heard of a plant doing such a thing. I don't particularly remember having this problem last year.
Pictures of my now sick little plant:
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd209/Windnose/100_1196.jpg (The "front"-same side as the pictures above)
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd209/Windnose/100_1198.jpg (A branch that was in the back- it's been dead since before I bought this plant; I kind of liked the way it looked from the front view, but finally decided that it was time to cut it off. You can see the fuzz on this branch)
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd209/Windnose/100_1201.jpg (Fuzz on live branches)
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd209/Windnose/100_1203.jpg (More fuzz on living branches-somewhat blurry picture)
ANY help would be greatly appreciated!