Because the topic is so hot in our Knowledge Base, we thought our blog readers may wish read about it, too. So here’s the question:
“How do I prevent wheatgrass mold or rotting?”
Wheatgrass is famous for succumbing to mold. Wheat seeds can be stubborn when we try to trick Mother Nature by sowing them in a seed sprouter. Truth be told, growing in a sprouter is far from the way nature intended.
For example, the amount of seeds that we “plant” in a one foot square EasyGreen tray would cover about thirty square feet if we sowed it in the great outdoors!
Also, when seeds germinate, they get hotter’n a brass monkey’s gonads. You can just FEEL all that power of the life force releasing, right? Ever seen a concrete sidewalk split open by a tiny weed popping through?
Sowing seed in a field ensures that a covering of good old dirt will keep those germinating seeds cool. Sprouting in trays takes away that natural cooling advantage, so follow these tips to prevent wheatgrass mold so it’s tummy friendly!
Remember, EasyGreen’s Seaweed Elixir fertilizer actually sweetens wheatgrass, making it not just healthy, but much easier to drink!
7 TIPS TO REDUCE ROTTING OR MOLD ON WHEATGRASS
- Make sure you plant organic hard winter wheat seeds. Don’t be tempted to purchase these from those cute little health food store bins as these seeds are likely neither fresh nor the right kind for sprouting.
- Test your seeds for freshness by following these instructions.
- Soak the seeds. The FDA recommends mixing 1 gallon of water and 200cc (1/2 cup plus 5 ½ tablespoons) of unscented bleach and soak the seeds for 30 minutes. (If you’re like me and the idea of eating wheatgrass that has been treated with bleach makes your hiney pucker, use a “greener” solution such as 3% hydrogen peroxide or vinegar at the same dilution rate.)
- Mold spores multiply like rabbits in a warm, moist climate. Wheatgrass likes room temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, so air condition, if necessary, and keep heat sources such as stoves or electric room heaters far from your machine.
- Make friends with your EasyGreen’s timer. Understand how it works. Be sure to have at least seven toggles activated for each 24 hour period. Knowledge is power; consult this handy guide.
- Use very cold water in the tank.
- Try growing both in large trays of soil and trays without it to see which yields better results in your particular climate conditions.
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