Spray Repellants Around the Plants
While growers will want to avoid using harsh chemicals on the plants, there are other possibilities that can allow them to take advantage of strong and effective repellants. Permethrin is a highly effective repellant and doesn’t need to be sprayed on the plant to be effective. Instead, spray it in a ring around the plants about six feet away. This ensures none of it gets on the plant, but it will still keep pests from destroying the marijuana. With permethrin, any bugs that come into contact with it will die.
Other options include creating an organic repellant at home and spraying it in a circle around the plant to keep bugs away. Some of the top options for this include neem oil, garlic-based insecticides, and chili-based insecticides. Before making any insecticide, learn how to create it and how to stay safe while creating and using it. Though they’re organic, some homemade insecticides like the ones made using chili peppers can cause mild irritation if they come in contact with skin or eyes.
Customize Organic Repellants to Use on Plants
Spraying around the plants can be effective, but it might not be as effective as many growers would like. Instead, they might want to use something that can be sprayed on the plants or a combination of both to keep as many pests as possible away from the plants. Organic repellants can be made at home and used safely on marijuana plants, though it is important to test carefully before using any of these. This way, if there is any damage, it’s kept to a minimum. If the test is successful, the organic repellants can help keep many different pests away from the plants.
Cinnamon oil, clove oil, and oil made from coriander have all been proven to help keep pests away from marijuana plants. These have been tested to be successful without causing damage to plants, though it is still best to test a small area first as certain strains can be more sensitive than others. When making organic repellants from these oils, ensure they can be easily sprayed onto the plant. Then, spray the oil onto the plant regularly to ensure it continues to work well. These may only be mildly successful, so they should be used in conjunction with other pest control methods mentioned above for maximum effectiveness.
When growing outdoors, in California, Oregon, or Nevada, pests can easily and quickly destroy the entire marijuana crop you’re growing. In some cases, it can seem to happen overnight, especially if a larger animal finds out there are marijuana plants growing and decides to snack on them. However, there are natural ways to protect the plants without resorting to chemicals that can be dangerous when marijuana is consumed. Try out the tips here to see what works best in your American weed seed garden.