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Hydro 101 with Deonna Marie: Preventing Mold and Mildew During the Winter Season

Keep mold and mildew from ruining your crop. Keep mold and mildew from ruining your crop.

Hey hydro-heads, we’re back with another edition of Hydro 101. This time around,  I'm going to teach you how to prevent molds and mildew on your indoor crop. Disease can happen to the best of us, but if you follow these three easy steps, you'll stand a fighting chance against these common little nasties.

First let's talk preventative care, one of thee most important steps in caring for your plants before you even start the veg cycle. First, inspect your clones thoroughly, especially when purchasing from an outside source. Make sure there are no signs of mold or mildew on the leaves or stems. Mold growth in a plant will appear as dark green spots, black spots and commonly grayish in color, and can also give out a sour or unpleasant smell. 

Next, you want to pre-treat. I recommend SNS 244 Powder Mold Spray. It’s all natural, and when dealing with little ones you want to use a product that isn't harsh with chemicals. You also want to make sure you’re keeping your indoor grow room at the right humidity, which is between 50-60%. And make sure not to over-water, which can also cause molds to form.

Fighting mold and mildew in your garden can be a huge headache, but if you follow a few of these easy steps, especially the tips for preventative care, you have a good chance of saving your crop from any unneeded stress.  

Now you know what to look for and how to pre-treat, but what if you’re already in your flowering stage and you see signs of mold? Most of the time, it's too late to spray and treat your plants in this stage because there is now bud formation, and you do not want to burn or damage the buds at this point. Look for leaves that have been infected and remove them. Remove any excess water from saucers, floors, etc. Make sure you are properly ventilating, and there's plenty of air movement in your indoor garden - these are crucial factors when growing indoors. If you notice signs of molding on buds, remove the infected buds from your room immediately to prevent the problem from spreading to other plants.

Fighting mold and mildew in your garden can be a huge headache, but if you follow a few of these easy steps, especially the tips for preventative care, you have a good chance of saving your crop from any unneeded stress. Until next time, Grow Big Or Go Home!!

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