by Jeffrey Zorn
Whiteflies on cannabis
Cannabis is a flowering plant and for that reason, it is vulnerable to insects and other pests. Experts do not recommend that cannabis growers use pesticides on cannabis plants. It is not environmentally safe and it could cause harm to anyone who inhales or ingest it when it is harvested. As a cannabis grower, you must consider using organic treatments on your marijuana plants in order to control pests. If you are going to use pesticides, be sure that you are using a product that is labeled “safe for use on food crops.”
Insects and Pests
When cannabis is grown outdoors, it is at the mercy of wind and other natural elements. However, it is also at the mercy of insects that naturally maintain the ecosystem’s balance. Outdoor cannabis plants are usually at risk of being attacked by insects, slugs and bugs. When these pests eat the plant’s leaves, it removes the plant’s capability to process light from the sun into energy. It also chokes the plant of necessary resources, slowing the production of the marijuana bud. There are several ways to recognize the most common pests and handle the infestation. Let’s explore.
When you are planting marijuana outdoors, the soil has to be prepared by mixing organic compost with the existing soil. This will result in heat creation at the root system, after which growth will be promoted, thereby providing a place for worms to work hard at enriching the soil.
Providing a Home
It is important to allow the amended soil to conjoin for several days prior to introducing cannabis seedlings or cannabis plants. This will prevent the plants from burning. Once everything is in place, it is now time to use up to four inch layers of mulch as coverage for the recently planted area. This allows for water retention and a hideaway for toads and frogs during the day. At nighttime, the toads and frogs will emerge and they will feed on the bugs. With this procedure, you will end up spending less time with watering and you will have a built-in pest guard.
You can also intermingle marigolds among your cannabis grow crop as a natural pest control deterrent. Most pests are kept at bay naturally by marigolds. Little care is required and for this reason, it saves a lot of time in the long run. The pungent smell from the marigold acts as a repellent to many insects that are drawn to flowering plants.
These are just some of the preventative methods of keeping your cannabis plants safe from insect infestation and damage.