When it comes to dealing with pest problems, there is nothing worse than covering your hard grown cannabis with chemical pesticides. Here is a much more natural solution.
Let’s face it no one wants to spark up and inhale a joint full of chemicals that can potentially harm your body and your health. Organic is the way to go, this is why Good Roots Medicinals focuses on much more than just a good percentage of THC level. When we shop around for great products to supply our customers, we go the extra mile to ensure quality, taste, potency and most important cleanliness. Over the years we have come across a lot of not so good cannabis that should not be on anybody’s shelves, never the less in somebody’s lungs. When growing cannabis it is very likely that you’ll encounter at least one bug problem throughout your growth, a common one would be spider mites. These generally live on the undersides of leaves in plants, where they may spin protective silk webs, and can cause damage by puncturing the plant cells to feed. Spider mites are known to feed on several hundred of plants. (Wikipedia)
CHOOSING THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH SPIDER MITES
Controlling these microscopic terrors is a straightforward process, and can easily be done organically. There is no need to panic but you must be swift as these pests are prolific breeders, and although they can make for some interesting plant structures from their filming and tipping, you will want to get rid of them before they turn your garden to web covered mush.
Although there are some chemical options you can take, no one wants to coat the bud they plan to use with a toxic medley of harmful substances. As such the best way to deal with these mites is with a natural and organic method – preserving the quality of the bud you manage to save.
Using organic solutions not only maintains the quality of your homegrown cannabis flowers, but also guarantees pure smells and helps you improve as a gardener (growing organically can be a lot more challenging, but produces better results).
BUST OUT THE LADYBUGS
Ladybugs, lady beetles or ladybird bugs, depending on where in this wide cannabis-loving world you are, are the samurai raptors of the garden. They are red, orange or yellow flying insects about the size of your pinky nail, with black spots on their wing covers.
Ladybugs are voracious killing machines designed by nature to clean your garden of over a dozen pests, especially aphids and spider mites.
They will also eat a broad range of soft-bodied insects including beetle and moth larvae.
Since medieval times ladybugs have been revered by gardeners and their naming is steeped in deep tradition from many parts of the world.
European peasants in times of insect plagues believed they were sent by the Virgin Mary. In old Switzerland, children were told babies were brought by ladybugs and in Austria, you would ask a ladybug for good weather. It seems rude not to take advantage of this goodwill!
In the modern cannabis garden, they are an indispensable WMD and can get into every nook and cranny of your plant without damaging flower or leaf – with each one eating up to 100 mites a day.
If you are growing outdoors, it is wise to encourage native ladybugs into your garden.
As well as hunting larvae and bugs, ladybugs love to eat pollen for their reproduction cycle. Surrounding your cannabis with pollen-heavy species, like sunflowers, passionfruit, and chamomile is a great way to boost the natural population of ladybugs into your garden.
If you are struggling to attract a native population into your garden, then it is possible to obtain ladybirds online (as crazy as it sounds). Breeders can send you shipments at certain times throughout the season, helping you boost numbers.
As an extra tip, other plants can be used to boost an outdoor grow, offering protection as well as soil improvement. A couple of dwarf beans under the canopy helps fix nitrogen by creating a broader range of mycorrhizal colonies. Some dandelions and nasturtiums aid as bad bug deterrents and make for an overall healthier soil.