Having trouble with mold on wheatgrass? I used to have wheatgrass mold problems as these pictures below show. It took awhile, but I finally learned how to grow outstanding wheatgrass. I teach you how to grow nutrient dense wheatgrass in my popular growing wheatgrass tutorial. Below, I will share a few simple and natural techniques to address mold.
You have studied about the body strengthening wheatgrass juice and most likely personally experienced how great it makes you feel. You decide to grow your own cereal grass and now you notice there is mold growing on wheatgrass.
Well, I hope my mold free wheatgrass growing tips below will help you say good-bye or greatly reduce your mold on wheatgrass problem.
According to Steve Meyerowitz, Wheatgrass Nature’s Finest Medicine: The Complete Guide to Using Grasses to Revitalize Your Health, “The most common type of mold is a white or gray cotton-like mold that forms a web of filaments around the seeds and lower ends of the stalks.”
Here is a closer look at this discolored mold on wheatgrass growth at the base of the growing wheatgrass.
It kind of looks like grayish whitish cotton looking spider-webs.
Alright, I zoomed in to take an even closer look at this bothersome mold on wheatgrass.
Here is another batch, with wheatgrass mold growing at its base.
I kind of separated the wheatgrass so you can see this mold on wheatgrass growth at the bottom of the stalks.
And here is an even closer look from the batch directly above.
The mold on wheatgrass looks kind of like filaments of cotton or dingy spider-webs attached to the area just at the bottom or base of the wheatgrass.
Notice this more common cottony growth occurs around the blade, it does not penetrate into the base of the blade of grass, making it easier to rinse it off, if need be. Also, remember you can always cut above this wheatgrass mold if you happen to get a little of the funky mold on wheatgrass growth.
After reading around a bit, I was not so concerned with this mold on wheatgrass. I simply would cut above the mold line, and then rinse the wheatgrass under the faucet with water. However, I really did not like the appearance of the wheatgrass mold and wanted to greatly reduce or eliminate it. So, I applied a few simple mold on wheatgrass be gone strategies.
I normally use about 2 cups of “planting” grain for each 21 inches long by 11 inches wide black seedling tray.
Since I read that circulating fans with their created air flow will prevent 90 percent of all mold growing issues, I figured I would plant less grains which would allow for more air to naturally circulate through the growing blades of wheatgrass.
I therefore started “planting” 1 1/2 cups of wheatgrass seed instead of 2 cups of wheatgrass seed in my seedling tray.
Less Density of Wheatgrass Equals Less Mold
The results from “planting” less seeds that are not so close together, is a less dense bed of growing wheatgrass blades. I also made sure I was properly watering my wheatgrass.
You can read more about watering instructions, and step-by-step guidelines to grow fantastic wheatgrass in my wheatgrass tutorial.
This is a more recent batch of my wheatgrass that grew mold free.
Finally, here I have zoomed in so you can get a close up look of my virtually mold free wheatgrass.
Now I might get a little amount of the white cottony looking mold on wheatgrass. However, at least for the most part, I have handled the mold on wheatgrass problem. Yay!
Rinse Off Wheatgrass Before Juicing
I always rinse off my wheatgrass before I juice it. I like the fact that I no longer have a mold problem. I can now cut and harvest my cereal grass batch closer to the soil line.
When I was experiencing mold on wheatgrass before, I would simply cut above the mold line. If I see tiny amounts of mold in the future, I will simply cut above the mold line and also rinse well.
Ann Wigmore, the guru of wheatgrass growing, and author of the excellent and easy to follow cereal grass book, The Wheatgrass Book: How to Grow and Use Wheatgrass to Maximize Your Health and Vitality at Amazon said to “cut as close to the soil as possible, because many nutrients are concentrated close to the soil mat. If you pull up some soil with the plants, merely rinse the root ends with plain water before juicing or eating the wheatgrass. Do not rinse the grass if you are going to store it in the refrigerator, however, as the water speeds its decomposition.”
Once again, reducing the density of the wheat seeds is a great mold reduction strategy.
The air will beneficially and naturally circulate around the wheatgrass blades, when the seeds are not sprouting so close together.
Additional Wheatgrass Mold Free Strategies
If you still have mold on wheatgrass problems, try obtaining your organic seed from a different supplier that likely has a better seed with healthier sprouting capabilities. A reputable wheatgrass grower or sprouting seed business that has tested out the seed, is a good way to go.
Here is also an excellent organic 10 lb. bag of barley grass seed that also sprouts beautifully.
You can see the great wheatgrass growing kits below. Please check out my Amazon wheatgrass and barley grass growing supplies store that offers different size bags of the sprouting seeds.
In my wheatgrass growing tutorial I also go over how to make sure you have good soil and how to avoid bad soil. Remember, if the nutrients are not in the soil, they will not be in your wheatgrass.
I love growing the wheat seeds in soil. The famous Ann Wigmore grew her wheatgrass in soil, and wheatgrass research studies were done using wheatgrass grown in soil. It just feels right and I like going with proven records of success.
Oh, and if you are growing barley grass and your barley seed is not sprouting, you might find your barley grass sprouting solution here.
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I hope these mold on wheatgrass removal tips will assist you with mold problems. Again, my How to Grow Glorious Wheatgrass at Home Tutorial is the place to start to grow absolutely beautiful and thriving batches of wheatgrass.
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