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How to Control Molds

Gardening Tips

Molding is a serious problem for growers and it should not be taken lightly. Growers from around the world will need to fight molding on their plants if they want quality output. A problem such as this will not only destroy your plant but can also affect the yield of your other crops. Molds often appear because of the environment of the plants, especially if the place is too damp too often. However, did you know that there are more causes that just the weather? If you’re interested in keeping your precious herbs safe, then keep on reading!

Mold control is an important part when growing your plants. Here is a list of what can cause or attract molds in your plants!

1. Genetics
Darn you Genetics! Did you know that genetics of the plant plays a big role in the formation of molds in an environment? Each strain or kind of plant prospers differently in different regions. For example, there are a lot of plants that are not made to survive the cold harsh weather of the north, meaning if you’re planning to grow one, it must be cultured in a greenhouse carefully. In order to avoid using the wrong kind of plant in a specific environment, you should check out guides on each strain and find out what exactly is your environment.

2. Feeding too much
Feeding your plants too much is also a contributor to the formation of molds. Over feeding your plants can make its tissue grow which makes it absorb too much water. This actually weakens the cell walls as the water takes up most of the space. This then leads to your plant susceptible to molds. Additionally, if you feed your plants too many nutrients, it might cause its pistils to die and decay which is also another invitation for molds.

3. Humidity
No shock here, humidity plays a big role in the formation of molds. During the flowering process, if your humidity levels go higher than 50%, your plants will be susceptible to molds. Ideal humidity levels should be around 25%-45%.

4. Using mini-greenhouses
A common mistake that growers do is that they neglect the proper airflow when using mini-greenhouses. Growers should actually remove the lid regularly to allow fresh air to come in and for the air inside to go out. Another way to do this is to keep a part of the lid open. The reason for this is that humidity reaches high levels if the tool is left sealed.

5. Watering too much
Since molds thrive on damp situations, excessive watering should be a must to avoid. In order to avoid this, the grower should find out what is the right amount of water that his/her plant needs and when are the right time to do so.

6. Pests/insects
A grower can often find pests in their crops. Their presence is very dangerous when talking about molds. Usually, pests leave some sort of wet-liquid-substance that the molds can thrive in if left unchecked. Common pests that deliver the hardest blows are usually caterpillars. Not only do they actually eat your plant, the feces they leave is an invitation for molds.

7. Temperature
Temperature is also a contributor mainly because of the humidity level in the surroundings of your plant. It’s important to note that temperature plays a big role, especially during lights-out because the dark environment is often paired with a cold one. As a grower, you must ensure that the temperature during lights-out does not fall below 20°C as it is the perfect temperature for molds to grow.

8. Dense Buds
When nearing harvest time, the grower might notice that the top bud might be a bit too dense. This should actually be opened to avoid the growing of molds in that area. Opening it will allow air to go through which will help in keeping the molds away.
Molds are a tough opponent for any grower. Preventive steps should be taken beforehand and the grower should always watch his/her plant during its development. Remember, your yield will be so much better if molds were to never appear on your precious plants!

 


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