OPEN. Anybody use peat pots? Mold - Knowledgebase Question

Rochester Hills, MI
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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?

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2006

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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