A small mold infection can rapidly spread to a catastrophic outbreak in your cannabis growing environment. Although some fungicides can halt the further growth of mold spores, fungicides are also fairly toxic chemicals. The cannabis industry is undergoing a revolution to become more environmentally conscious. As a result, organic cannabis growers increasingly wonder how to treat mold the natural way.
Identifying an Outbreak of Mold
Mold spores can be stealthy. Within a matter of days, one affected plant can infect your entire crop. As a result, it’s important to be vigilant about the health of your plants. There are many types of mold that are lethal to marijuana plants. Look for a single leaf from the kola that has withered or appears dry. If you notice gray, white, or blue-green feathery hairs, it’s time to figure out how to treat mold the natural way.
Natural Treatments to Reduce the Spread of Mold
When planting cannabis, using Mycostop biological fungicide prevents the proliferation of mold. This is a natural, organic treatment developed from Streptomyces griseoviridis bacteria. The preventative treatment prevents pathological fungi from taking hold in your crop. However, it must be applied during the earliest stages of plant growth to be effective.
Many growers wondering how to treat mold think of natural plant sprays. Some growers swear by a 1:10 ratio of milk to water, but this may promote bacterial growth. Instead, add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 3 to 5 drops of organic dish soap to a gallon of water. Spray plants once per week to discourage mold from spreading. Although this method can be helpful, it cannot eliminate 100% of mold spores from the environment.
How to Treat Mold with Air Purification
Sprays and natural treatments can be helpful in counteracting an existing mold infection, but your plants remain susceptible to another outbreak. For best prevention of mold, it is essential to maximize air circulation between plants. Avoid overcrowding plants, which can promote the growth and spread of mold.
Investing in a high quality air circulation system can also be beneficial in reducing mold growth. However, merely circulating air (as with fans or many venting systems) can simply blow mold spores throughout the environment. Purifying the air ensures that mold spores are captured and safety neutralized. For example, AiroClean420 sucks in air from the environment and passes it through a reaction chamber. Any organic matter is neutralized and prevented from infecting more cannabis plants.
To learn more about how AiroClean420 works, contact us today. AiroClean420 air purification systems are effective at eliminating mold in grow areas as well as drying rooms, protecting your crop at every stage.