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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Thrips and the Cannabis (Marijuana) Plant.

by Alex Robles

 When it comes to thrips, identification is key, because there are about 4,500 different species of them and they don’t all feed on cannabis.  The most dangerous threat to cannabis from thrips is the Frankliniella occidentalis, also known as the Western Flower Thrip.

Western flower thrip adult (UC Davis Department of Entomology)

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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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