How to tell the difference between mold and root hairs

Summary: Root hair is only white while mold can be white and in a variety of colors. Mold also has an odor and can grow anywhere, from soil to your microgreens.

When you are first starting to grow it is easy to mistake mold and root hairs on your microgreens. Regardless of your growing level, you will most likely experience mold growth at some point, and being able to tell the difference is important. Once you know what you are looking for it is easy to tell the difference.

How to tell the difference between mold and root hairs

When you are first starting out it can be hard to differentiate between mold and root hair.

Detection Mold Root Hair
Color Off-white, blue, green as well as a variety of other colors Bright white
Pattern/Texture Forms a spider web type pattern Fuzzy structure
Location Can form anywhere. On or above the soil and located in between your microgreens Only on the roots
Texture Slimy Not Slimy
Odor Musty No odor
When Wet Mold does not disappear Disappears for a few hours until dry

The difference between mold and root hair

When you are first starting out it can be hard to differentiate between mold and root hair. The purpose of mold is to break down organic material and root hairs aid in the absorption of water to keep your microgreens healthy.

Why are root hairs important?

What is mold and how do I prevent it?

If you have determined that it is mold, there is a chance to eliminate it and save your harvest if the mold is not too bad. You can learn how to prevent and eliminate mold from your microgreens.

 

 

 

 

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