A grower can successfully produce a crop for several seasons without experiencing major pest problems.
... And then disaster strikes ... mites and/or mildew suddenly explodes; almost overnight. Getting the pest under control without strong intervention is futile and loss of crop sadly occurs. Using a chemical could risk detectable residues and your crop fails tests.
This is occurring because of the use of genetic clones, single crop culture, and incomplete controls.
Genetic diversity - the lack of it - was a reason for the Irish Potato Famine. Using tubers of plants year after year the crops lacked genetic variation and what killed one would kill all.
Today's strains of cannabis were selected for maximum content of actives such as THC and CBD. The culturing has not devoted attention to pest and disease resistance.
Until the industry has resistant strains available the tool to combat these losses is Integrated Pest Management.
IPM involves more monitoring and care. It's not as simple as watering, fertilizing, and using pesticides. IPM involves use of controlling conditions such as humidity, light, air circulation, and temperature when possible. Greenhouse growers can minimize crops losses with constant monitoring an control and applying preventatives.
IPM involves use of natural predators if available. Big mites eat little mites etc. Ladybugs eat alot of pests.
Cann-Care™ promotes IPM by offering products with multiple modes of action. It's like a 1-2 punch. What one action doesn't cover the other just might and vice versa. The result is closer to 100% control. Without 100% control the surviving pests and their descendants are immensely stronger.
Cann-Care™ promotes IPM by offering non-biochemical controls that do not promote resistance build up. When a control method is through a path that relies on matching chemicals exactly to the pest, over time resistance builds because the survivors weren't an exact match and survived: they go on to create resistant strains and the chemical no longer works. Cann-Care™ does not biochemical controls.
Mites are a tiny spiders and many type feed on the plants' juices. They hang out on underside of leaves and are too small to see. They are noticed when their lancing of leaves becomes so frequent that browning and aging of leaf is plain to see. But at this point it may be too late: mites can lay thousand of eggs on a single leaf.
The best way to control mites is to regularly tend to the crops use IPM. Use Predatory mites if possible. Mix the control products one after another. Cann-Care™ Synergy+ is a good front line control. The superior wetting action coats a mite's shell or egg and messes up air exchange and they die. When rotated with AzaPRO™ the natural toxins results in more complete control.
PM can look like powered sugar on the leaves and can spring up overnight. Your plant is on its way to decomposing ... and fast.
The best way to control powdery mildew is to regularly tend to the crops for humidity control and temperature. That's hard to do growing outdoors.
Mildew spores are very common in the wind. Your crop is under constant barrage of spores that want to speed up the demise of your plant. Once the spore germinates with a few hours it has penetrated the surface and grows it "roots", called hyphae, which can regenerate an infectionfrom within. Removing infected leaves isn't enough for control.
Synergy+ works by limiting the germination of spores on a leaf.
AzaPRO™ is extracted from neem tree seeds and is a proven killer of mites.
RotSTAR™ works by interfering with the fungus life cycle using an arsenal of natural compounds derived from plants that are resistant to fungus infection.