OPEN. Anybody use peat pots? Mold - Knowledgebase Question

Rochester Hills, MI
Question by spcholewczyn
March 23, 2006
I bought the Jiffy starting peat pots, in a greenhouse kit. I planted my seeds 4 days ago and watered them I also kept the greenhouse covered. Now, I have mold growing all over the inside and outside of the peat pots, is this safe for my family and I and also is this safe for the seedlings?


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Answer from NGA
March 23, 2006

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Paul,

Mold spores are pretty much everywhere and when given the right conditions will grow. The covered greenhouse created the perfect growing conditions and the moist peat pots are a good medium for it to grow on. That mold is not a plant disease concern. It is not particularly dangerous to your family either just from having it in the room. I suggest you remove the cover and allow the outsides of the pots to dry out a bit rather than staying constantly moist. That and some good air circulation should shut down the mold development. You can plant the transplants outdoors when they are ready.

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