Spider mites on adeniums plants plant problems — AdeniumRose and ExoticGrower Company
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- 1 AdeniumRose and ExoticGrower Company
- 2 Exotic and Rare Plant Growing Source
- 3 Spider mites on adeniums plants plant problems
- 4 Fighting pests of indoor roses: spider mite, powdery mildew, aphids
- 5 Spider mite
- 6 Powdery mildew
- 7 Aphids on flowers
- 8 How to Fight Spider Mites
- 9 Rust, techniques and treatments to avoid it
- 10 What factors lead to the appearance and spread of rust?
- 11 When does rust appear and spread?
- 12 Which plants are vulnerable to rust?
- 13 Consequences of rust
- 14 How to treat against rust
- 15 Spider mites, aphids and scrapers, how to deal with them
- 16 Aphid on roses
- 17 How to treat from rose aphid
- 18 Cacoecia rosana
- 19 Spider mite
- 20 Body And Sulfur: Want To Stop Spider Mites & Russet Mites? Most Cannabis Growers Don’t Know About These Two Top-Notch Life Hacks
- 21 Smartest. Mites. Ever.
- 22 Outdoor Marijuana Growing: Tricks To Use Against Inevitable Insect Attacks
- 23 1. Create A Fortified Grow Room
- 24 So What Are The Best Options For Getting Rid Of Marijuana Pests Once They Strike?
- 25 2. The Real Hush-Hush Mite Fighter? Sulfur
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Spider mites on adeniums plants plant problems
Adenium spider mites problem
Q: I have a question about spider mites. I have about 50 desert roses some I received from you and some from other growers. They are all dropping leaves and I can’t figure it out. At first I thought maybe it was because I wintered them in my plant house with a constant 70 degree temperature and they are now shedding their leaves. But I’m noticing that even the new leaves coming out are turning yellow and dropping off. I’ve pulled several out of their pots to check for rot rot, but all looks good. I pay special attention to how much water they get and check them weekly. I’ve had an issue with keeping spider mites off them (which is a constant challenge). I know that they can cause leaf drop. Is there a soil drench that can be used to help with that? What do you use? So, with this information, what do you suppose is going on? Thanks
A: We rarely have problems at our AdeniumRose Company nursery with spider mites on the adeniums. Usually leaf drop off is due to watering and/or nutrient problems in the soil. Mites will suck nutrients out of the adenium leaves and cause drop. We use Bryer and Nutra products on the desert roses when we see a problem.
If you suspect mites to be a problem I would remove all dirt and leaves to start fresh on all plants. Use a paint brush or similar brush to remove dirt from the adeniums roots. Spry them (roots and all) with Bryer for 3 days before potting. Then give them a boost using Dyna-Gro K-L-N at time of potting (dip them for 30 minutes) and then add K-L-N to the water for the adeniums 2 weeks once potted. Also, spray the desert roses branches and trunk with the Bryer once every 5 days for 3 weeks to make sure no eggs hatch or get laid down. Remember spider mites travel so you may get rid of them on the adeniums but what about other plants in the area? 30 days after re-potting start them on Dyna-gro Grow once a month.
Spider mites are hard to get rid of unless you start fresh because the eggs are microscopic.
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thank you for all the great info. Someone suggested using dilute Hydrogen Peroxide to treat for bugs or mold in soil Have you ever tried and reason not to? I prefer to use less chemicals
No we have not used hydrogen peroxide for bugs or mold.
What is Bryer? I can’t find it and I think in have spider mites on my desert rose as well…
Bayer complete insecticide. They have one thats organic too.
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Fighting pests of indoor roses: spider mite, powdery mildew, aphids
If you keep a rose in the house, then prepare yourself for the fact that it can be affected by various pests. You will have to fight with spider mites, aphids, powdery mildew.
It is almost impossible to prevent the appearance of a spider mite. It is a lot in the autumn-winter period, when the rooms are dry air. The simplest measure of fighting this pest will be a constant spraying of water on the plant. This parasite does not like high humidity. If it does appear, try washing the plant with warm water and soap. But soap should not contain oxidizing agents. When using such a control measure, the mite will not be completely destroyed, but it is quite possible to significantly reduce its number.
He is afraid of ultraviolet and other natural conditions, he is hiding from the sunlight from the back of the leaves. If you have the opportunity, apply ultraviolet 1-2 minute baths. This technique also copes well with the pest. In addition, such baths favorably affect the plants.
To completely exterminate the spider mite, special chemical preparations must be used, which can be bought in garden centers. Another method of killing a mite is to rub the leaves with 96% alcohol. Do not dilute alcohol in any way, as it should evaporate. If you dilute the alcohol, it will evaporate longer, and this can cause burns.
In a week it is necessary to repeat the treatment of plants for prevention, and to inspect them for the appearance of pests. It is much easier to deal with them at the first appearance and not allow their new offensive.
This is a scourge of roses. Every gardener at least once met with this opponent. The cause of the appearance of white plaque is the fungus Spheroteca pannosa. He strongly exhausts the rose and brings it to death. The diseased plants first swell on the surface of the leaf of the tubercle, and then a velvety white spore brush appears. If the mycelium penetrated the inside of the leaf, the surface treatment would be too small.
The affected plant should be washed with a solution of soda: 2 teaspoons of soda per 1 liter of water, or pollinated with ground sulfur. When treating with soda, then continue to treat only with the same soda. When processing the plant, you must first close the earth in a pot. Leaves of a large bush carefully diluted with a solution of soda, and small bushes rinse well after completely immersing them in a container with a solution. Treatment of the plant is carried out until the disease completely disappears with an interval of two weeks. When yellowing and falling leaves during the treatment do not need to panic. This is a natural phenomenon: leaves eaten by powdery mildew should fall off. Do not be afraid, because in the axils of the leaves of the rose there are alive buds, from which later new leaves will appear.
The second method of combating flower pests, may be the pollination of roses in gray. This treatment should be carried out at + 18 ° C. To do this, the sick roses are placed in a small glasshouse with glass frames. The earth in the pot and the space between them are covered with wet rags. After that, the flowers are well watered and sprinkled with clean water. The plants themselves are powdered with ground sulfur, as well as wet rags and the inside of the frames of the greenhouse. Two-time processing by this method can be quite enough. The interval between sulfur pollination should be at least 10 days.
Aphids on flowers
Aphids on flowers
There are different colors: black, green and even reddish. This parasite settles on young tender parts of the plant – shoots, buds and flowers. As a rule, suck the plant juice, causing deformation of leaves and peduncles. Through it often do not open buds, young plants grow weak, slows down the overall development of the rose. There are many ways to combat this parasite. For example, preparations “Inta-vir”, “Karate”, tinctures of garlic or onion husks, soap and wormwood …
How to Fight Spider Mites
by Matt Gibson
Got spider mites in your garden or on your houseplants, and looking for options to control them? Spider mites are one of the more common pests found in gardens. These pests also affect houseplants and indoor garden setups, and not just outdoor plants. The tiny spiders, which are just about the size of the period at the end of this sentence, can quickly cause a lot of damage. If you have a greenhouse, be on alert—spider mites are known to be especially destructive to greenhouse projects.
Spider mites are not actually insects, but instead are arachnids—spiders, belonging to the same family as ticks and scorpions. Mites form colonies on the underside of leaves. They tear into a plant by piercing the leaves and sucking out the juices until the leaves turn yellow or fall off the plant entirely.
Spider mites thrive in hot, dry areas and can overtake plants swiftly. They can be so destructive and quick to spread because small infestations become large populations very quickly. Spider mites are especially common in areas where insecticides have been used extensively. While insecticides can be used with great success to kill off garden pests, doing so can also effectively kill off the common enemies of certain vermin—such as spider mites. Using insecticide to wipe out the pest population has the potential to harm other insects that are beneficial to your garden in the process.
Detecting Spider Mite Infestations
If you are going to be able to fight and control spider mites in your garden, the first step is knowing when you have a problem on your hands. To stop a spider mite attack in its tracks, you will have to be able to detect the infestation and identify that you’re dealing with spider mites as soon as the problem begins. Signs that you have a spider mite infestation include the following.
- When spider mites have been using your garden as a buffet, you may see yellow, tan, or white spots on the leaves of your plant. These spots are the result of the feeding of spider mites.
- If you look closely at affected plants, you’ll see tiny red or white spots on the plant that move. (These are the mites themselves.) If you take a look at them under a magnifying glass, spider mites will appear to be a reddish-brown shade or can be yellow and green.
- Webbing will appear on the underside of your plants’ leaves during a spider mite infestation. This webbing will be white with a cottony texture.
Once you have identified the infestation and determined that spider mites are the culprit, it’s time to isolate the infected plants immediately and begin taking the necessary steps to kill the attacking spider mites.
The Life Cycle of the Spider Mite
The spider mite overwinters as an obnoxious egg attached to the affected plant’s foliage or bark. When the weather starts to warm up in early spring, the spider mites’ six-legged larvae start to hatch and feed. Once they’re full, it’s on to finding shelter and changing (or molting) three different times—and gaining two legs—before emerging as a fully grown adult mite. The process of changing from a spider mite larvae to an adult can take as few as five days. In hot, dry conditions, female mites can produce over 300 eggs per day after they’ve mated.
The Spread of Spider Mites
Spider mites glide in the wind from plant to plant. They use their webbing (that cottony stuff on the underside of leaves) to ride the breeze. This method of travel lets the spider mites spread their territory to reach quite far if they’re not caught and contained quickly and carefully.
Because spider mites are barely big enough to see with the naked eye, they can invade a garden without you noticing if you are not vigilant. Whenever you’re working with your plants. Be sure to check the undersides of leaves for small white or reddish dots so you’ll see if a plant is infected. Take note of any damage to the leaves of your plants, and if you find spider mites, take the necessary steps immediately to contain them, then toss out any and all infected plants.
Spider Mite Damage
Aside from spots on the leaves of infected plants and some webbing on the underside of the leaves, large infestations of these tiny little mites can cause serious damage to your crops. You’ll know spider mites have been at your garden when leaves start to look damaged, showing tiny spots or stripes. After a little time, your plants’ foliage may begin to change color, shrink up, or may even fall off completely. Spider mites can impact the yields of vegetable crops, cause direct damage to the fruit of bean and pea plants, and can even kill your plants if the infestation is severe and is allowed to progress untreated.
How to Fight Spider Mites
Taking on a spider mite infestation is not a lot of fun. However, if you catch it early enough, and you have the patience, willpower, and know-how, you can control spider mite infestations using either natural or chemical solutions.
Spider Mite Control: Natural Methods
One natural way to treat your garden for spider mites is to isolate the infected plants and blast them with water to literally knock the mites off the plant and drown them. Containing a mite infestation with this method will take several rounds of treatment, as there are always a few mites that seem to evade the blast or dry off and come back to the host plant. Another natural method of treating spider mite infestations is to go on the offensive and purchase parasitic mites or ladybugs from a nursery or garden center, then release your army of ally insects near the infected plant or plants.
Spider Mite Control Methods
Some of these methods kill all insects, not just spider mites. There are a few treatments, however, that are successful in treating spider mites. Neem oil (an organic insecticide made from the Indian Neem tree), insecticidal oil, and miticide are all effective at treating spider mites.
To use neem oil or a different insecticidal oil to treat against spider mites, first remove all the webbing you possibly can from the undersides of leaves. Make sure to do a thorough job when you’re inspecting your plants for webbing and removing what you find, because the delicate threads can protect the tiny mites from the oil you’re about to use against them.
See the label of your insecticidal or horticultural oil for application instructions. To use neem oil against spider mites, mix up a combination of one teaspoon neem oil per liter of water, or whatever the label says on your bottle. Use warm water to create this mixture, then allow your treatment to come to room temperature. Make sure the water is truly warm and not hot, however, as temperatures that are too high can cause neem oil to be less effective. To get the neem oil to truly mix in the water, you’ll need to add a surfactant. The most common surfactant you’ll have on hand is dishwashing soap. Use just four or five drops per liter of your mixture.
Once you have your treatment mixed, use a one-handed pressure sprayer or atomizer set to the finest mist possible to spray your affected plants. Make sure the liquid reaches the tops and bottoms of the leaves for maximum coverage. Whenever you can, turn plants around a full 360 degrees in the mist so they get treated all over.
Use this treatment once every 10 days to keep your plants protected against spider mites. However, cease using neem oil when three weeks remain until harvest. This stuff is so strong that it can actually impact the flavor of your crops if you don’t lay off the treatments for three weeks before you’ll pick your harvest.
Videos About Preventing Spider Mites in the Garden
This “simple and safe” spider mite solution video has received rave reviews from commenters:
Check out this tutorial from YouTube gardener MissOrchidGirl to get her homemade recipe for a nontoxic spider mite insecticide:
Dive into spider mite defense completely with MissOrchidGirl’s complete 23-minute how-to guide for getting rid of spider mites, including the recipe in the video above:
The best way to fight spider mites is to never have an infestation in the first place. This how-to video teaches you methods for preventing spider mites becoming a problem in your garden:
Gavin from Urban Gardening Supply made this video to display what he considers the “proper method for eradicating spider mites from your garden”:
Rust, techniques and treatments to avoid it
Even though the number of fungal diseases called “rust” is very high, they almost always share the same symptom: brown-orange blisters appear on the underside of leaves with yellow stains on the topside.
What factors lead to the appearance and spread of rust?
This disease most often appears during moist weather or excessive watering on leaves.
Wind can spread it to other plants in the garden.
When does rust appear and spread?
From the beginning of spring till the end of summer.
Which plants are vulnerable to rust?
There are a great many species that can develop this disease.
Rose trees are very often contaminated with rust, but many flowers, fruit trees, trees, shrubs and vegetables can be impacted as well.
Consequences of rust
In most cases, rust does not fatally endanger the life of the plant.
In the very worst case, all the leaves are lost.
What is especially problematic is contagion, the spread of the disease to other leaves on other plants.
It results in rose shrubs not looking very nice in August.
Although there are many different types of rust, the once most commonly encountered has the latin name Phragmidium mucronatum.
How to treat against rust
Effective treatment products are often sold under the label “rose tree disease” and can be used to treat other plants as well.
- These are usually fungicides that can be used both to cure and to prevent rust.
- As soon as the first symptoms appear, you must quickly remove all infected leaves and burn them.
- Use a disinfected secateur or shears, and disinfect them again between each cut.
Here are a few natural fungicides made from fermented tea, they’re easy to make yourself:
Spider mites, aphids and scrapers, how to deal with them
Pests of roses are different: aphids, caterpillars, thrips, sawflies, spider mites, etc. But, in this article we will discuss the most well-known pests, such as: rosacea aphid and spider mite.
Aphid on roses
photo of aphids on roses
Perhaps the most common pest of roses is aphids. In addition, it is also the most dangerous parasite. Green rooted aphid forms dense colonies. Female, like beads, hang on young shoots, leaves and buds. They suck the juice. As a result, the leaves frown, ugly twist, wither, but buds and young shoots die. In addition, the sticky parts of the plant remain sticky aphid discharge, on which then the sooty fungus settles (it is easy to fight with it – it must be washed with a cloth from leaves and shoots). Affected aphids also become discolored and turn yellow. Especially dangerous is the roed aphid in the spring, since it first settles on young stems. At the same time, destroying their tender tips.
How to treat from rose aphid
With insignificant damage roses are treated 2-3 times with soap solution, decoction of tobacco, wormwood, wormwood infusions, nettle dandelion, pepper, yarrow, celandine, onion and garlic with tomato leaves. In case of severe damage, insecticides are used.
In the spring on the bushes of roses there are gray-green caterpillars of the Cacoecia rosana. They eat leaves and buds. Then twist them with the help of a spider web into a tube, where they become pups. In addition to the larvae of Cacoecia rosana, leaves and buds, etc., other butterfly caterpillars can also feed. For example, an Orgyia antiqua, an Geometra, a Euproctis chrysorrhoea, a Phalera bucephala.
Treatment from Cacoecia rosana
If the caterpillars are small, they can be collected manually. You can use folk methods: decoctions of tobacco, nightshade, pepper, wormwood, infusions of burdock, onions and garlic together with tomato leaves. With a large number of caterpillars, solutions of insecticides.
The spider mite is a very small arthropod (0.2-0.4 mm), grayish-green or orange-red in color. When he settles on a plant, a spider web appears on the bottom of the leaf, and the parasite sucks the juice. The surface of the sheet is first covered with pale dots, but in the future these points increase and form solid whitish spots. Leaves because of this early fall. During the summer, the parasite can form up to 12 generations. The appearance of a spider mite is promoted by too dry air and thickened planting plants.
How to treat from spider mite
To combat the mite, you must first increase the humidity of the sprayer in the morning or evening. The easiest way is to wash the plants of roses from the spider mite. Not bad with it can wash the plants with a soap solution. Do not forget about the regular collection of damaged parts of plants and their burning. Fit and sprinkling of leaves from the lower side with decoctions of tobacco, horsetail, infusions of dandelion, yarrow and garlic. Of the chemicals most effective.
Thus, despite the fact that pests of roses bring many problems for growing roses, you should not give up and give up. After all, there are many ways how to keep your roses in perfect condition.
Body And Sulfur: Want To Stop Spider Mites & Russet Mites? Most Cannabis Growers Don’t Know About These Two Top-Notch Life Hacks
It can seem like a never-ending battle. In their bid to stop those nasty little grow-op invaders, a.k.a spider mites and russet mites, I know growers who’ve tried every anti-pest intervention known to our cannabis community.
In past articles we’ve discussed the harmful use of agricultural poisons as growers go to war with insects that attack their cannabis plants.
These growers used the so-called nontoxic, natural, “organic” sprays and systemic products that contain cinnamon, neem, oils, soaps and various obscure DIY concoctions. They used poisoners that were also widely known to be toxic, like Avid.
What these growers discovered is that these methods didn’t totally eliminate mites and other pests, meaning they could easily come back, stronger than ever, with some form of pesticide resilience. Or, if the interventions did kill the mites, they also toxified the buds, making them unmarketable and unsafe for consumption.
The growers further discovered that applying poisonous miticides caused them health problems.
Some cannabis growers actually surrendered. They permanently shut down their existing marijuana grow ops and relocated far away to escape from a litany of mites including spider, broad and russet mites.
In this final article in our series on grow-room poisons and the ongoing war against marijuana pests, we’ll tell you what doesn’t work, and the two most effective strategies to eradicate mites.
Smartest. Mites. Ever.
It’s easy to hate mites, but you kind of have to admire them, too. Tiny creatures who float around in the air, live in the most adverse conditions, can take a licking and keep on ticking.
Mites have been a persistent problem for the marijuana community for decades, and their range and tenacity is only increasing.
Mites favor hot, dry conditions. They favor stressed plants. Climate change is increasing their range. That’s one big reason why marijuana growers are encountering them in places where mites used to be nonexistent.
Mites are resilient and adaptive. Due to natural selection and the overarching survival-oriented influence of evolutionary biology, mites evolve to be resistant to interventions used against them — even the most toxic interventions.
Marijuana legalization can account for another reason why the mite plague is spreading. Through distribution chains, growers and sellers are transporting adult plants and clones more widely than before, and mites are clever little stowaways and hitchhikers.
Mites favor hot, dry conditions and are so tiny they can travel on the wind.
Outdoor Marijuana Growing: Tricks To Use Against Inevitable Insect Attacks
Here’s the scary truth about mites, thrips, aphids, root aphids, fungus gnats, mealybugs, and pests in general that plague marijuana plants: If you’re growing outdoors, you’ll almost always have infestations you can’t completely prevent or eradicate.
When cannabis plants grow in open air and soil outdoors, they attract a variety of pests and diseases. That’s just one of the unavoidable risks of outdoor growing. No amount or combination of agricultural practices and materials will beat all those perils.
Nevertheless, the most successful outdoor marijuana growers use the following combination of tactics:
a) They feed systemic materials such as SNS-209 and potassium silicate (found in Rhino Skin) that deter mite attacks by armoring the plants and changing plant scent so mites are deterred.
b) They do routine foliar spraying of General Hydroponics AzaMax, alternating with Rhino Skin. AzaMax has the well-deserved reputation of being the safest, most effective pesticide compared to unacceptably toxic pesticides such as Avid.
c) Successful outdoor growers do intensive monitoring to remove and destroy infested plant materials daily.
d) They accept losing a percentage of their crop to insect and/or disease predation, and adjust their plant numbers accordingly so the profit-loss ratio is tolerable for them.
But there are two important things that indoor growers can do, too.
1. Create A Fortified Grow Room
In contrast to outdoor cultivators, indoor marijuana growers can totally prevent pests like spider mites, thrips, aphids, as well as diseases that harm their crops.
How do they do this? By making their grow room into an impenetrable fortress and blocking the vectors used by these tiny cann-emies to gain access to their plants.
The simplest way to put it is, anything that comes into your indoor marijuana grow room from outside, including the air we breathe, can transfer spider mites, other insects, molds and fungi, thus contaminating and compromising your grow room.
Such vectors to pay attention to include:
a) The outside air on which insects and diseases can travel into grow rooms.
b) Plants, especially clones.
c) They hitch a ride on people via their clothing, shoes and household pets.
d) They’re transported via soil (even so-called sterilized soil), and on equipment.
e) Spider mites and pests can also enter grow rooms from other parts of the building in which the grow room is housed.
I gained a lot of knowledge about building fortress-like grow rooms from people who’ve built ultra-clean industrial spaces known as clean rooms.
A clean room is a pristine, totally controlled interior space that meets official industry and government standards for air purity, vector control and sanitized conditions.
Take a look at this very useful set of guidelines for clean rooms courtesy of Coastwide Laboratories, and utilize them for your indoor marijuana garden.
Why do I recommend a horticultural clean-room approach? Because prevention is far better than remediation.
You fight an expensive, worrisome, time-consuming, usually losing battle against spider mites, russet mites, thrips, and general marijuana attackers if you let them into your grow room.
No matter what anybody else tells you, it’s rare to find a totally safe, totally effective way to stop mites and other THC terrorists once they’ve established themselves on your marijuana plants.
But you can prevent them from entering your grow op by modifying the clean-room protocols so that they’re appropriate for an indoor garden.
So What Are The Best Options For Getting Rid Of Marijuana Pests Once They Strike?
If you don’t have a fortress-like grow room, and your cannabis plants have been invaded by tiny pests, all is not lost. You still have the chance to save your crop, but few of these options are guaranteed painless, harmless, effortless and wholly effective.
Ugly poisons like Avid do kill mites, but it’s widely agreed they’re not safe for cannabis growers or users.
So-called natural pesticides, especially ones containing oils, horticultural soap, pyrethrum, phyto-extracts or neem will kill some but not all mites, and these products easily damage your buds.
Some growers try environmental or mechanical options, such as raising ambient CO2 levels to 10,000 parts per million for an hour, heating grow-room air to 100°F for an hour, and blasting the plants with hot air or high-pressure water. Unfortunately, these methods don’t work well and will harm your plants.
Armoring your plants with Rhino Skin, spraying them with AzaMax, and feeding them with SNS-209 will deter mites, thrips, aphids and pests, but won’t kill them all.
Sulfur is a naturally occurring mineral that works as a pesticide and has no negative consequences for human consumption.
2. The Real Hush-Hush Mite Fighter? Sulfur
On the other hand, one very safe chemical element most growers don’t use as a pesticide is sulfur.
Indeed, I’ve only met a handful of growers who know that sulfur has been used for centuries as a pesticide, not just as a fungicide to stop powdery mildew and fungi.
I recently had the enlightening experience of seeing two commercial grow ops in which cultivation technicians successfully used sulfur to fight off spider and russet mites.
In grow-room A, the tech discovered spider mites two weeks into a nine-week bloom phase.
He hung sulfur burners, turned off the air conditioning, lights and exhaust fans, and ran a burn for two hours three times within nine days.
He combined this sulfur use with the tactic of removing any cannabis branch that had even a hint of infestation, and by strengthening the fortress aspects of the indoor grow op.
By week four, his crop was almost totally clean.
The plants made it to harvest, and the buds were marketable.
In grow-room B, the tech discovered russet mites living deep inside buds that were four weeks into an 8–9 week bloom phase.
The grow tech purchased micronized sulfur and combined it with Rhino Skin to make a foliar spray.
He also used a liquid sulfur spray from the same supplier.
As an added boon, sulfur is a ripening nutrient that benefits flowering marijuana plants. The second tech foliar sprayed every other day while decreasing grow-op temperatures to 72°F and increasing relative humidity to 60 percent — because remember, mites dislike cool temperatures and high humidity.
He removed all branches that had russet mites, and also removed and destroyed parts of branches adjoining the mite-infested branches.
Keeping the mite-infested, sulfur-treated branches off-site, he monitored mite activity and found to his delight that the adult mites were dead, and their eggs had either not hatched, or the larvae had died immediately upon hatching.
In both of these grow ventures, the dried and cured buds had a slight sulfurous odor and an even subtler sulfurous taste, but this defect wasn’t a deal-breaker for using or selling the treated buds.
The really good news is that sulfur is one of the safest things you can spray onto cannabis crops. Sulfur is a mineral that’s found naturally occurring in our bodies, and is present in some vitamin products and vegetables including cabbage, broccoli, garlic and onion. Consult a physician if you want to find out more about the benefits and hazards of ingesting sulfur.
So the main points to remember when you’re dealing with spider mites, russet mites, thrips and general pests are:
- Total prevention is possible if you run your indoor grow op like a horticultural version of a laboratory clean room.
- Total prevention and remediation is almost impossible if you’re growing outdoors.
- The most commonly used remedies are either poisonous for growers and users, they don’t work, or both.
- Sulfur is an effective natural pesticide that has none of the negatives associated with poisonous chemical pesticides like Avid and ineffective natural pesticides.
I hope you never experience the heartbreak that mites and pests can cause in a marijuana garden. Now that you’re armed with this knowledge, I’m confident you’ll never have to!
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