Organic Pest Control

Pesticides may be in some of the Cannabis we smoke. I currently don’t use pesticides in my garden unless I need to and I try to only use Organic types. There are some organic ways to keep pests out of the garden area and our plants.


First is Neem oil used in Cannabis growing good for most pests and mold. Directions for use should be on the product label. This tends to stick around in the plant for a bit so I recommend to not use for 1 month up until harvest. Should be used every three days, that is when bugs lay their eggs every 3 days.


Mild Organic non degreeser type Soap is also another useful pest control. Put about 1/4 – 1 tablespoon into a spray bottle liter of water spray the undersides of plants.


Coffee grinds around your garden if its outside will keep ants away. I once had a Greenhouse I built using a wooden frame and clear thick plastic that you can get from a hardware store, I stapled the clear plastic to the outside. The floor was a pallet type base with planks across the top with spaces for drain holes. The plant containers sat on top of this and I also mounted fans and lights in the top of the Greenhouse and because the area only got 5-6 hour of light a day the lights came on around noon to provide extra light. Even though I had this set up three floors up outside on the balcony, ants somehow still got inside the plants and decided to lay eggs. Well I used coffee grinds around the area and they eventually went away.


AzaMax  (Azadirachtin) contains 1.2% is another product I use for mites and most pests. It controls pests through starvation and growth disruption.

Foliar: Mix 1 to 2 oz. per gallon of water depending on pest levels. Spray at an interval of 7-10 days or as the situation warrants.

Soil Drench: Mix 1/2 to 1 oz. per gallon of water and apply every 10-14 days. With high insect pressure, make applications every 5-6 days.


 

Spider Mites

Spider Mites are a common problem when growing Cannabis it usually occurs with outdoor grows more then indoor. It will look like little spots on top white or yellow and the mites hide underneath the leaves, so you will have to look out for that. They can be seen with a Jewelers loop or Magnifying glass. You can use a few different products on the Spider Mites or also make a spray with a mild soap the kind without a degreaser about 2 teaspoons per 1 liter spray bottle and spray that on the entire plant. I use Neem Oil on mine and spray the undersides of the leaves ever 3 days because the bugs will lay eggs every 3 days. So spray with either of those every 3 days. You can get Neem oil its inexpensive from a garden shop or order it on Ebay or Amazon. It is a organic product but I wouldn’t use it in flowering stages and if you need to don’t use it for a month up until harvest time. So if you spray it, allow it to flush out for a month before harvesting and I’d also cover up the Soil with plastic baggies while spraying so it doesn’t soak up the soil too much. Neem Oil will work for a number of pests. They also have Mite washes you can get for them. This should solve the Spider mite issue Since I was asked about this a few times. Thank you for reading and Happy Growing!