First and foremost: HI! I was looking up help online for the mold issue when I ran into your guys forums and I figured some live help would be better than wasting precious time on the internet.
I've never owned a bonsai tree and I figured its mostly my fault that my tree's suffering. I've bought books and read stuff online and that's what I'm basing the stuff I need to do for my tree. I've owned this gorgeous little Pony Tail Palm tree for about two months now (It was my birthday present from my husband).
I've kept the watering to a bare minimum since its so humid here in lovely Seattle. I don't do the 'submersion method' either because I can't see the 'water bubbles' that it speaks of. See, the tree was bought from a Sam's club and has all the rocks at the top glued or cemented on it so its hard to see the moisture levels. I've just kind of picked up the pot, felt the drainage hole and watered from the top if its too dry and let the excess run into a bowl then toss it.
Now, for the past week I've been smelling this strong , wet-earth smell in the house when I come from work. I couldn't figure out where it was coming from until I went to check the tree to see if it needing watering. Some of the fronds were black and the lovely little moss that was at the base was covered in black ad white mold. (I'll post pictures in a bit. I need to go find the sd card) Instinctively I moved it from where I had it next to a fountain (I'm guessing the splash effect overwatered it because I know I'm the only one who waters things around here. Husband even forgets to give the cat her water!) and to a sunnier spot in the house.
My question now is: how do I get rid of the mold? Its starting to spread up the bark and I'm scared of wood rot. I'm even tempted to re-pot the tree but I don't know how to get it off the pot because its pretty well glued on in there!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!