Caterpillars in your cannabis/marijuana garden and how to fight them.

by Alex Robles

One of the biggest pest problems when we’re growing cannabis outside or in a greenhouse, is caterpillars.  These little demons will devastate a crop and break your heart. Caterpillars are the voracious larvae of butterflies and moths and are part of a large family of insects known as Lepidoptera.  Now when I say large, I mean 21,000 members strong in that family.

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The Praying Mantis/Mantids in our gardens.

by Alex Robles

Praying mantids have meant a lot of different things to different cultures over the centuries.  There was a time when the French thought that a mantis would point a lost child home. In some parts Africa it’s considered good luck if one of these alien insects lands on you.  The Greeks named them “Mantes”, which means prophet or seer. The Chinese write about the mantis curing all sorts of ailments, from goiters to impotence. They also believed that roasting the eggs cases and feeding them to children would stop bed wetting.  “But be careful not to eat the cases on an empty stomach for it will surely make one sick” is also in the Chinese

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Biological Predator: Green Lacewings

by Alex Robles

Biological predators are my first line of defense and best answer for pest management in my gardens.  I don’t have to worry about pest developing a resistance to them like I would with certain pesticides.  But I do know that a certain number of pests have to be in the garden for predators to want to stay and feed, Green Lacewings are no different.  There are about 1,200 green lacewing species are known worldwide.  They are great general predators that will attacks insects and insect eggs, such as aphids, small caterpillars, mites, whitefly, scale, mealybug, thrips, psyllids, and other soft-bodied insects.

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The Ladybugs living in our gardens.

by Alex Robles

The name “Ladybird” has been used for over 500 in England to describe the European beetle Coccinella septempunctata.  One of the most popular story of how they got this name is this.

During the middle ages in Europe, swarms of aphids were destroying crops.  The farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help – and help came in the form of ladybugs that devoured the plant‐destroying pests and saved the crops! The grateful farmers named these insects “Our Lady’s beetles”, which became “Our Lady’s bird”.  Since Mary (Our Lady) was often depicted wearing a red cloak in early paintings, and the spots of the seven-spot ladybird (the most common in Europe) were said to symbolise her seven joys and seven sorrows.

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“In My Grow Show” hosted by Alex Robles: Ep. 50 Dr. Stefan Kirchanski talks to me about patenting cannabis genetics.

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Root aphids and cannabis (marijuana) plant.

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Intro

Greetings everyone welcome to Ep. 50.  I didn’t put out a show last week because i decided to watch the big game.  Later I’ll play a conversation I had with Stefan Kirchanski who is among other things is a lawyer that specializes in plant patent law.  The “Pest of the Week” continues with “root aphids”. A cool resource I found to help identify bugs is BugGuide.net.

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Root Aphids and the Cannabis (Marijuana) Plant

by Alex Robles

If you’ve never had root aphids before, count yourself lucky.  They are sinister little bastard that can be easily misdiagnosed.  Since “knowing is half the battle”, I want to share everything I’ve learned about them.

What are they:

The Root Aphid is in the Phylloxera family of insects, more specifically it is from the Pemphigus species and feeds on a lot of different plant roots.

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“In My Grow Show” hosted by Alex Robles: Ep. 48 The Two Spotted Spider Mite and the Cannabis (marijuana) Plant.

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Shaun McCormick host of “The Cheap Home Grow” podcast talks to me about Rhode Island MMJ and Space Buckets.

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Show Notes

Greetings everyone thanks for showing up for episode #48.  I lost my voice last week because of flu and I’m just getting it back, that’s why I sound a bit pre-pubescent on the mic.  Shaun McCormick from “The Cheap Home Grow” podcast gets on phone with me. I’ll also talk a bit about the Two Spotted Spider Mite for the “Pest of the Week”.

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The Two Spotted Spider Mite and the Cannabis (Marijuana) Plant.

by Alex Robles

Spider mites are one of the most common pests that cannabis growers are going to run into.  If they’re left unchallenged and allowed to get comfortable they will be devastating to a crop.  So instead of doing battle with these little bastards I suggest developing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program suited to your conditions.  A good place to start is to have clean grow area, don’t give pests a reason to want to hang out. The next step is to know your enemy.

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“In My Grow Show” hosted by Alex Robles: Ep. 47 Fungus Gnats and the Cannabis Plant

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Fungus gnats and the Cannabis Plant.

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Show Notes

Greetings everyone, welcome and thank you showing up.  Called the “The Eagle Inn” because they claim to be 420 friendly.  According management you can smoke on balcony but not in the rooms, all hotel rooms are no smoking.

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Fungus Gnats and the Cannabis Plant.

By Alex Robles

     Before we start talking about fungus gnats I need to mention how important it is to learn how to water your plants.  I know it seems like a stupid thing to bring up because it sounds so basic, but many plants have met their death by over watering.  Most of those victims have been seedlings and young plants since their root system is still developing. However, too much or too little water or bad soil conditions (e.g., poor drainage, or waterlogging) are much more common causes of wilted plants.  

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