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droidus
Apr 18, 2017 6:14 PM CST
I have cat grass growing in a pot. I thought I would test and see if the seeds would grow if I just threw them on top of the soil. They have grown. I've noticed that there is mold (white stuff) accumulating though. How do I deal with this/get rid of it?
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DaisyI
Apr 18, 2017 7:48 PM CST
Water less.

Cat grass is either oat or wheat grass. If you are growing mold, fungus, thrips ... you are watering too much.
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Name: Mac
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McCannon
Apr 18, 2017 7:52 PM CST
Welcome @droidus. I don't know what would cause mold but it may be overwatering, as @Daisyl mentioned, or something in your soil. I grow catgrass in a tray like this : https://garden.org/thread/view...
This is actually oat seed, planted in a mix of peat moss and perlite, not soil, and have I've never had a mold problem.
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DaisyI
Apr 18, 2017 8:00 PM CST
I have grown it on wet paper towels - keeps the cat from scattering dirt all over the house.
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
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McCannon
Apr 18, 2017 8:14 PM CST
I just put a towel under the tray Smiling .
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tarev
Apr 19, 2017 11:53 AM CST
I just grew some pet grass too for my cat, so far no molds on it. I do allow some watering interval, so it is not too soggy wet.

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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Apr 19, 2017 12:29 PM CST
Hi tarev, has Tikoy decided to try any of your cat grass yet? We've been leaving ours out under the kitchen table so our crew can graze whenever they get the urge. I check the growing media surface to see if it's damp. If not I just add a little water.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 19, 2017 12:43 PM CST
Hi Mac, nope, Tikoy still ignores it unfortunately..so I just chop down the leaves to add to his wet food. Quirky Tikoy! He goes out a lot and maybe he thinks it is not good to eat having seen lots of plants outside Big Grin
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Apr 19, 2017 1:19 PM CST
@tarev, Perhaps, before he adopted you, his diet contained a lot of grass. That might explain it. Maybe you need to grow some catnip and see how he responds to that Big Grin .
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droidus
Apr 20, 2017 3:21 PM CST
I will try watering it less.

Here are two different pictures of it.
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Apr 20, 2017 4:00 PM CST
@droidus, the brown stems may be from over watering. Also, when you make up a new batch, try covering the seeds with a thin layer of your growing media. It should only be slightly damp to the touch when you water it, and don't water again until the surface feels dry. I hope that helps.
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