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Episode 014 Preventing and Killing Mold on Microgreens

Microgreens Podcast Episode 014

Preventing and Killing Mold on Microgreens

Preventing in the key to stopping mold. But if mold does grow there are a few ways to kill it.

We talk about all the methods we use to prevent mold from growing and also ways to kill it once it starts to grow.

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Microgreen Podcast Episode 014 Show Notes

In this episode of the Microgreens Podcast, we discuss all things mold.

This podcast is associated with a full length article we wrote on the same subject. You can read the article and see all of the images talked about in the podcast by following the link below.

11 Proven Ways to Stop Mold on Microgreens Unless they're Beautiful Root Hairs

Preventing Mold

There are at least 8 things you should do to prevent mold from growing in your microgreens. Keeping equipment clean is one of the best methods to prevent mold.

Another overlooked factor is soil. The longer soil sits around the more chance it has of collecting and growing mold spores.

Make sure the soil you buy hasn't been sitting around and that it hasn't under gone a lot of temperature swings. This can cause condensation in the bag and we all know that mold loves moist soil.

Also, be sure to take soil of the bag as soon as you get home and store it in a sealed tote that has some air space.

See the article for more ways to prevent mold from growing on your microgreens. Especially, how to treat the seed.

Killing Mold

Once mold starts growing it's not the end of things.

Mold can be killed if treatment begins as soon as you see the problem.

There are some environmental actions you can take to help get rid of mold. If you can, put the tray in sunlight. Sunlight is a mold killer. If that's not possible. Elevate the tray so it's close to your LED lights. 

Second, increase airflow around the tray. Instead UBS computer fans on the growing rack or put a fan near the trays to increase air circulation. 

Don't put the microgreens in a hurricane. A steady gentle breeze is good enough. 

Mold Killers

We recommend three solutions to mist onto a microgreen tray that has growing mold.

These are Food-grade Hydrogen Peroxide, Vinegar, and Grapefruit Seed Extract. Yep, grapefruit seed extract.

We will have a separate article on using grapefruit seed extract soon.

The dilution and how to use the solutions are discussed in the associated article.

We hope that you never have to worry about mold on your microgreens. But at least you know where to get solutions if that does unfortunately happen.

Author of this Article is Todd

Todd is the founder of Home Microgreens & the Home Microgreens store. He also writes for several other websites, including Todd worked at a large farm market, garden & nursery center for 20-years. Somehow he snuck off to become a geologist and professor before coming back to his senses to write & lecture about microgreens and gardening. When not at the computer, he can be found in the garden, trout stream, or mountain trail with his new Springer Spaniel Caden.

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