White Fuzzy Roots, What’s the Deal?

February 06, 2020 8 Comments

White Fuzzy Roots, What’s the Deal?

Feeling unsure of what has grown on your microgreens? Is it mold or is it white fuzzy roots? What’s the deal!!!?

If you see these white fuzzy root hairs as shown below, know that your Seed Quilt is happy, healthy and growing! Don’t worry - these tiny little root hairs are a completely normal part of the growing process.

 

Photos taken by: Sean Goodman from Hamama Friends Group

Photo taken by: Murray W. Nabors 

When roots have access to lots of oxygen for root respiration, these tiny fuzzy root hairs form - a great sign of healthy, happy root development!

Here are a couple more photos below from Hamama customers who have grown crops with beautiful white fuzzy root hairs! :D

 

Photo taken by: Heather

Photo taken by: Rebecca

 

Though white fuzzy root hairs and mold can look a little similar, they do take different forms. Take a look first at the difference. 

 

Photo taken by: lowimpact.org

 

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.

 

Top photo taken by: Carolyn Severin (Hamama Customer Happiness Team Member)

Bottom photo taken by: Hamama

The ribs at the bottom of the grow tray hold the Seed Quilt above the water to avoid over-soaking of the seeds!

 

I hope this has been helpful for you!!  As you grow, just remember those white, healthy, fuzzy roots are a great sign, not mold!

 

Happy, healthy roots = Happy, healthy microgreens!! When your greens are happy, you are happy!!! :D



If you have any additional questions, we are always here to answer them for you at Hamama!!!

Contact our Customer Happiness Team Members at contact@hamama.com

 

 



8 Responses

Allie Hamama
Allie Hamama

August 24, 2020

Hi Fran! This definitely sounds like issues in the initial soaking technique. Most times when we see that seeds haven’t all germinated, it is because they didn’t get enough water during the initial soak. For your next one make sure to fully hold down on the Seed Quilt to be absolutely sure it has soaked up water evenly. Move your hands around to all the sections until you see that each and every part has turned a shade darker from soaking up water (about 10-30 seconds depending on water temp / seed size). After the initial soak however, the seeds should never be soaking in water. The level will drop and should stay around the tray’s bottom ribs. Feel free to add more water (via the sides of the tray rather than over the quilt/seeds) during the growing process if you notice that the level drops below those ribs. Do not fill it back up to the fill line as the seeds and roots need oxygen to thrive!

A “quilt reset” resets everything back to day one, as if you’ve just soaked the quilt. It’s important to catch quilt failures early! Look at your paper top. You should notice action by day 3 in most cases (germinating seeds, slightly ballooned paper).

1) Remove the entire Seed Quilt and place it on a dry plate or even a colander.

2) Clean the tray – Use soap & rinse very well.

3) Fill tray just to the fill line with cool filtered water then do a proper soak! Hold the quilt down in the water until the seed sections all go from light tan/dry to darker brown/wet. This may take about 30 seconds.

Reminder! The “Fill Line” is only for the initial soak. You should ignore the Fill Line beyond the first soak. If any seeds are soaking in water, they will drown and eventually die.

You can find this detailed information & more support under the “Great Tips” category on our Hamama Friends Facebook Page!

Fran Weissman
Fran Weissman

August 24, 2020

I have the same question/complaint that a few others have had, but I can’t find the answer. I’m at day 5 and some of my seed quilt ballooned, but the sections in the middle have barely any sprouts that I can see (have not ballooned at all). What should I be doing? I made sure all were throughly wet when I began the process!

Allie
Allie

July 31, 2020

Hi Christine & Darlene!

These sound like issues in the initial soaking technique. Most times when we see that seeds haven’t all germinated, it is because they didn’t get enough water during the initial soak. For your next one make sure to fully hold down on the Seed Quilt to be absolutely sure it has soaked up water evenly. Move your hands around to all the sections until you see that each and every part has turned a shade darker from soaking up water (about 10-30 seconds depending on water temp / seed size). After the initial soak however, the seeds should never be soaking in water. The level will drop and should stay around the tray’s bottom ribs. Feel free to add more water (via the sides of the tray rather than over the quilt/seeds) during the growing process if you notice that the level drops below those ribs. Do not fill it back up to the fill line as the seeds and roots need oxygen to thrive!

The other factor is when you are removing the paper. Removing the paper too early can cause a low germination rate as some seeds will dry out too quickly before they can set down their roots. Please keep these two in mind while you are caring for your next seed quilt!

Allie
Allie

July 31, 2020

Hi Linda!! So happy you are enjoying your growing! We are always happy to help :D

Christine Padilla
Christine Padilla

July 30, 2020

I have the same question/complaint that a few others have had, but I can’t find the answer. I’m at day 5 and some of my seed quilt ballooned, but the sections in the middle have barely any sprouts that I can see (have not ballooned at all). What should I be doing?

Darlene Billstrom
Darlene Billstrom

July 15, 2020

The cover peeled off nicely, but 3 of the middle pods have not sprouted. Can I help it along?

Linda Cherry
Linda Cherry

July 12, 2020

I really appreciate the emails especially with this being my first time and all. Before I saw this email, I had already taken a picture and asked the FB page if they think I should o ahead and peel the cover off. Of course, they all said yes and I did! Nevertheless, when I looked on my computer and saw this email, I really felt as if you all are walking this out with me. I felt so much better. Thank you!

Wasabi Plant
Wasabi Plant

March 30, 2020

WOW, the fuzzy white roots look so cool!!

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