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joanne ahne

Hi,  I noticed a plant groing up through my cooker hob.  my partner took out the oven so we could see what was going on. there was lots of long white strands the seem to be coming from between the back of the cupboard and the wall.  There is no air brick located this side of the kitchen and their not coming from the other side.  What could this be?????

Alina W

A photo would help a lot.

However, google "horsetail" - that's one of the few that I can think of that will get through obstacles.


Are you in a new build house?

Photo of planr and leaves would help a lot

flowering rose

more than likely some seeds from your cooking have got inside your hob and decided its the right environment.but it could be bind weed which grows anywhere,or have you accidentally let some bird seed drop inside the hob,a mystery.


Or, worse case scenario, it could even be Dry rot. That produces long white filaments which spread everywhere.



are there any green bits? Hope so, it won't be dry rot if there are. Bindweed will do that as flowering rose says and aso will ivy.

Gary Hobson
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.. and aso will ivy.

Ivy on the outside of a house is capable of penetrating brickwork. Is there ivy on the outside wall.

A photo would really help in diagnosing this,


It would wouldn't it.




Sounds like dry rot to me  but I do hope not.


of course there is always the worst case scenario, that it is japanese knotweed, which can and does grow through anything.  Please don't let it be dry rot..........


Am also v. keen to see photos.




joanne ahne

I've got photos but haing problems uploading them


joanne ahne

The laeves that have come through are green but all behind the oven and cupboards are white and stringy.  Does ivy have green leaves with white around the edge? there is some of that next to the wall outside.



You can always download photos to an external site-like flicker or photobucket and link to that



This is getting difficult-a picture is really needed-if you have got plants coming through walls it is a problem -you maybe seeing roots or it could be something more serious-they could be roots stems anything-at the moment all replies are speculation

Again new build or old house -what sort of external wall is it?

joanne ahne

I have changed my profile pic to include one of my photos.

The hose ws built in the late 60s and that particular wall is made of brick. Although there are bits of cladding around the house. The house is in milton keynes and a lot of the houses here are pre fab and were only built to last 30 years .