Problems with mold on your wheatgrass or sunflower greens?
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While wheatgrass and sunflower sprouts
are easy to grow, there is always a chance of mold developing. If you start with clean seed trays and use sterile potting soil or compost (bought in bags) then any mold
that occurs is either due to a bad batch of seed, or because the seeds have been over
Tip: In the early stages of growth before the seeds are exposed to light
they will often sprout loads of fine white roots that can be mistaken
If you continue to have problems with mold then make sure your using organic hard red wheat and if necessary increase the air flow to the wheatgrass by using a fan. You can also presoak the seed in a dilute 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide or vinegar.
Types of Mold on Wheatgrass or Sunflower Greens
There are different types of mold that can occur on wheatgrass or sunflower greens:
- The most common is spiderweb or cotton mold that grows up the
grass or stem. This is said to be caused by airborne mold, and can
simply be rinsed off.
- Another common mold grows directly on the seed. The seed will
look an unpleasant blue or green colour. When harvesting wheatgrass or
sunflower greens be sure to cut above the seeds to avoid any such mold.
- The one to watch out for is a brown mold that effects the roots. It is most common in hot weather. This mold is harmful
and I would recommended that you do not use the wheatgrass or sunflower
greens if this occurs, especially if it spreads to the stalks of the
It's important to wash all infected seed trays with bleach to
prevent contaminating your next batch of wheat grass. Good ventilation
is especially important in hot humid weather, so sow the seed more thinly or use a fan to keep the grass well ventilated .
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