Why is my growth medium mouldy?

Preventing and Managing Mold in Your Smart Garden

If you are a proud owner of a Gathera Indoor Smart Garden, you may have encountered the issue of mold growth in your hydroponic setup. The liklihood is low, we estimate around 4% of customers may have experiences with mold, and usually it is due to the specific environment that the kit is in. If you are part of that 4%, fear not, as there are steps you can take to prevent and manage mold growth effectively.

Understanding Mold Growth in Smart Gardens

In natural environments, UV radiation from the sun acts as a natural mold deterrent. However, since Smart Gardens do not utilize UV lights to avoid damaging the plants, mold can sometimes thrive in the smart soil. While white and fluffy mold may not necessarily harm your plants, it's essential to address the issue promptly to maintain a healthy growing environment.

Preventative Measures for Mold Growth

To prevent mold from taking hold in your Smart Garden, consider the following steps:

  1. Improve Airflow: Ensure there is adequate airflow around your plants by placing them near a window or in an area with a draft. Moderate airflow over plant leaves can also promote healthy growth.
  2. Reduce Humidity: Keep the humidity levels in check and place your plants in a drier area within your home whenever possible.
  3. Regulate Heat: Maintain a temperature of around 25 degrees Celsius, as this is considered ideal for plant growth and can deter mold development.

Managing Mold Growth

If you notice mold starting to grow in your Smart Garden, it's crucial to act swiftly to prevent its spread. Here are steps you can take to address mold infestations:

  1. React Immediately: Stop the spread of mold as soon as you identify it to prevent further growth.
  2. Vinegar Solution: Mix equal parts of water and vinegar and spray it over the affected areas daily until the mold is eradicated. Avoid spraying the leaves directly and focus on the roots if possible.

Final Resort

If the mold persists despite your efforts, the best course of action may be to start afresh. Empty out the Smart Garden, discard the contaminated smart soil, and begin anew with fresh soil to ensure a healthy growing environment for your plants.

By following these preventative measures and proactive steps to manage mold growth, you can enjoy a thriving indoor garden with your Gathera Smart Garden. Remember, a little care and attention go a long way in maintaining a mold-free environment for your beloved plants.

Apr 4, 2024

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