| Gray Mold Cycle On Hydroponics Plants
|Indoor hydroponics gardening is growing rapidly because of limited space and resources. But, these indoor gardens are easily prone to enemies that you need to take care of and the most harmful of these enemies is gray mold (Botrytis Cinerea). It’s an interesting fact that “mold” is formed due to fungus. As an affectionate grower it’s a nightmare to see your flowers rotting right in front of you. You would never want to experience such thing as a hydroponics grower. Now you must be thinking how to control the growth of gray mold and what can you do to stop its growth in your grow room?
To protect your hydroponics grow room from gray mold is either by building a sealed grow room or by installing your existing grow room to be sealed one. You can refer to articles and guidelines provided online to get information on constructing a sealed grow room. It takes some efforts and little investment, but it’s worth the expenditure because it doesn’t allow molds, pests, fungi and other enemies to enter your grow room. Although clones cannot be responsible for bringing gray mold but it’s very important to examine them before you get them in your grow room.
Hydroponics Plants that you transferred from outdoor to indoor might carry gray mold in your hydroponic grow room. Gray mold can effortlessly survive in temperature ranging from 28-90°F. It can even rest in harsh conditions. It can travel with wind, air present in the grow room, tools, clothing and other plant parts. The best temperature for gray molds to grow is about 70-77°F, sadly it’s the ideal temperature for optimum growth of hydroponics plants too. Also, adequately adjust the humidity of your grow room to 43-52%. Gray molds love conditions where the humidity level is high.
Over watering can also be a reason for the formation gray molds in your hydroponics grow room. Especially during the bloom phase the flowers tend to sweat and it’s because of this moisture, gray molds are formed. You can tell about gray molds in your plants when you experience change in color of the flower leaves or hair to brown, curled leaves or petals, drying of flowers and a portion of a flower turns grey or black overnight.
The best thing you can do to remove gray mold is by simply shifting the entire hydroponics plant to another room. Then turn off the fans and cut the branches affected and dispose them quickly to some other place. Carefully observe the plant for few days to see if mold returns. Properly clean all hydroponics systems and equipment that touches your plant. Wear clean clothes and take a shower before you enter your grow room. With this handy info you can enjoy gardening without worrying about the enemies!
Updated: March 7, 2011 at 7:25 am