I have been using Neem oil and its pretty good but still need to up keep and manually pick off earwigs seem to always find 1 or 2
I am worried about the flower stage after reading Neem will ruin taste if used in the last 3 weeks if that's correct what else is there?
Also I was reading the process of bud washing and wonder if anyone does? I didn't know you could but might try it and wondered if I can use the Neem longer into flower stage if it can be washed off? Or is it absorbed?
@bandit I'm currently dealing with (god damned motha 🤬ing) spider mites in late flower. The plants are seeded (on purpose) but still would like to make some hash out of the leftover material. So I'm not spraying anything on the buds or sugar leaves unless there is no other option.
I'm trying the "natural" method but haven't had much success in the past. I'm using cinnamon in the soil and peppermint/rosemary essential oil wax cubes (rubbed on the lower stalk and as aroma therapy). These all really only apply to spider mites as a deterrent (not solution) but also can have added benefits (cinnamon will help prevent dampening off, ect.). Should mention to be careful as some essential oils might attract other pests.
@bandit you can definitely wash seeded buds but could effect the germ rate of seeds so depends on your purpose. If I didn't want to make hash I'd spray whatever chemicals that wouldn't leach into the seeds. Seeing as I would like a little something on the side I don't want anything on/in the buds/leaves.
The term "wash" is a little tricky. You wash your fruits and veggies and they are 100% fine to EAT but some pesticides are horrible when SMOKED even after "washing" (ie a little neem is fine to eat, not so great to smoke).
What kind of pest are you trying to control? If you are growing photoperiod and it is early in flower you should have time to use organic pest control. For example nematodes for controlling thrips and fungus knats.
Thx for posting i heard about nematodes and will try that in the future.. I do get some fungus knats but improved since letting pots dry out more and had an influx of earwigs which improved when I fixed light leaks but atm I am in control however I am worried about how to keep control during up and coming flower stage. Any ideas will be welcome!
@zn ok I looked this up and found one in Australia quite expensive but an investment to have on hand i guess. I was unaware of this one thx very much. It does say dont use around food...must be potent do you think the plants absorb the vapour?
BTW zn that nitrogen tip did wonders much appreciate your input.
Earwigs like to hide when the flower lights on, stick a pot upside down on a tray, lift one edge an inch and fill it with paper hay, make them feel at home and just before the light switches off empty the pot in the garden, should be able to keep the numbers down, not all bad they do enjoy eating other insects that damage your plants
Yeah I was leaving them alone at first thinking they will eat pests then holes started appearing on plant leaves so I got the neem oil out along with torch runs plucking out earwigs that seemed resistant to neem but its possible I blame the wrong pest because of late No Holes maybe it was a tent catapiller as my yellow sticky caught a couple neem probably got more.
I put flywire over roof vent as moths were getting in. Shall try your pot idea! Thx.
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