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Mold on top of soil?

Post  middlemamma on 11/22/2010, 7:22 pm

I'm trying to grow seedlings indoors....I planted about 6 different vegtables..2 seeds each.
I used the pellets that expand when you put them in water as my soil to start the seeds in.
It's been about a week...and there is mold growing on top of soil? Never seen that before...any thoughts?

Is it bad? Should I trash it all and start over?

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Post  Megan on 11/22/2010, 7:37 pm

Jen, I got that this spring with those same pellets. I just let it go, it didn't seem to hurt anything. Maybe a more experienced gardener can let us know why that happens and if it's a major issue.


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Post  middlemamma on 11/22/2010, 7:50 pm

OH! Good to know...thanks!
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Post  camprn on 11/22/2010, 8:11 pm

My first thought is it may help to ease up a bit on the watering. The pellet pots shold not be standing in water.
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Post  middlemamma on 11/22/2010, 9:40 pm

well that could be the problem then Camprn. Smile I will do better at that part. I do have a tendancy to overwater.
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Post  Megan on 11/22/2010, 10:32 pm

The tray/pellet kit I had had some pretty specific instructions to let the pucks dry out before watering again.... I still had mold problems though. Maybe I wasn't mean enough! Smile
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Post  Blackrose on 11/22/2010, 11:16 pm

I had the same problem with the peat pellets. All I did was take a cotton swab dipped in hydrogen peroxide and gently cleaned the mold away. It didn't come back. Smile
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Post  acara on 11/29/2010, 6:43 am

Yep ..mine molded when I went on a watering-rampage with the radish & tomato seeds Very Happy

No harm done, but I learned that if you pour in the water, wait 30 seconds & then drain the excess, it seemed to be a pretty good rule-of-thumb to keep the mold off
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Post  Odd Duck on 11/29/2010, 9:43 am

If you're using the top, you can loosen the top and just kind of set it in place but not snapped down. This will let it vent a bit more and usually clears the mold. I will also set the lid on a little crooked so it vents a bit more if necessary.

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Post  Megan on 11/29/2010, 7:03 pm

My kit had pretty specific directions about keeping it snapped for a bit, then propped open a certain amount, then later taking it off completely. As well as letting the moss dry out to that pale brown color before re-watering. Still got mold. Oh well..... Rolling Eyes
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Post  middlemamma on 11/29/2010, 7:26 pm

LOL...I actually dont have a top, but I have sprouts! Yay! so I guess it didnt hurt anything. Very Happy
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