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Recognizing the Difference Between Roots and Mold
Look closely at the roots - are the white fuzzy stems all growing directly off the main root? In that case, it’s happy, healthy root hairs! In contrast, mold has a more spider web-like, random form.
How Hamama Seed Quilts help prevent mold so you don’t have to worry!:
Hamama Seed Quilts are designed with air flow in mind - the most important factor to consider when it comes to preventing mold! You can thank the porous coconut fiber grow mat part of the Seed Quilt for this great airflow.
Another important factor is ensuring there is no over-watering. When you place the Seed Quilt in the grow tray and press down on it so it can absorb water, it allows the seeds to absorb water and stay moist, but without becoming water-logged. The water level will drop below the fill line and eventually below the level of the coconut fiber mat, which allows the roots to access more oxygen. The cool thing is that - even with this air gap - the roots and coconut fiber mat are still gradually wicking water up to the seeds. And that’s how Seed Quilts are designed to avoid water-logging!
Lastly - placing your grow tray near houseplants or fruit baskets can increase risk of mold or plant disease, so if you do really want to grow near other plants - do some testing and be aware that if problems do arise, you may want to find a more isolated spot for your microgreens.
Top Photo below: Hamama Seed Quilt with the coconut fiber underneath.
Bottom Photo below: Our Grow Tray with the ribs in the middle to help wisk up water properly to the seed quilt.