August 9, 2006

Slime Molds

Slime molds have recently been spotted by home gardeners on turfgrass and the lower leaves of tomato plants. Slime molds are colorful organisms that usually appear in warm, muggy weather after a rain. They first develop as a yellow or orange slimy mass and can ooze over areas a foot or more in diameter. As the weather becomes dry, most slime molds develop into crusty structures that are typically filled with dark spores.