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Organic Cannabis Pest Control

How to Keep Bugs Off Your Nugs

Imagine this: You are stoked to finally, legally grow your own organic cannabis at home. You pridefully raise your babes from seed or clone, diligently tend to them for months – fawn over them even – only to find your nugs full of bugs at harvest time. Wah-wah-wah. Awful! The worst part is, that is how it usually goes down! Most often, you don’t even realize you have a pest problem until you are trimming, or pulling apart buds to enjoy them – when it’s already too damn late to implement a cannabis pest control program! Sure, sometimes there will be earlier or more obvious issues, visible pests, and foliar damage. Yet pests seem most drawn to the sweet, sticky cannabis flowers more so than the leaves. Just like we all are, am I right?

Let’s talk about some organic methods to keep pests off your precious cannabis. This includes preventative measures, by encouraging optimal plant health and resistance, using key soil amendments, and the role of beneficial insects. I will also share recipes and instructions for two organic homemade foliar sprays that we rely on. One is for the vegetative growth cycle, and one for flowering.

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Grow cannabis with clones

Seeds Or Clones: Which Is Better For Growing Cannabis?

When growing cannabis, you have two paths to choose from: seeds or clones. One one hand, seeds are reliable, easy, and accessible. Clones, on the other, are fast, efficient, and carry the exact traits of the mother plant. However, both methods have their downsides. Let's compare seeds and clones so you can decide how to proceed with your grow.

ADVANTAGES OF GROWING CANNABIS FROM CLONES

For those unfamiliar, clones are cuttings taken from vegetating mother plants. Once obtained, growers root the cutting before introducing it to soil or a hydroponic medium.

As the name suggests, a clone provides an exact genetic copy of the mother plant. This can either be a blessing or a curse, as you’ll see below. First, let’s discuss the advantages.

CUTTINGS FROM FEMALES CREATE NEW FEMALES

Because clones are exact copies, cuttings taken from a female mother plant will produce another female. This allows growers to sidestep the 50/50 chance that comes with growing from regular seeds. It also avoids the minor risk of feminized seeds throwing out a male.

CLONES SAVE TIME

With clones, you don’t need to wait for a seed to germinate and grow into a reasonably sized seedling. In fact, you completely skip that stage! Simply root your cutting, and you’ve got a plant that’s instantly ready to grow.

ADVANTAGES OF GROWING CANNABIS FROM CLONES

YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO EXPECT

Clones deliver exactly what you liked about the mother plant. As exact genetic copies, they’ll carry over all of the mother’s traits, including size, taste, morphology, and productivity. Seeds will differ slightly from the plants they came from, though, due to genetic and environmental factors.

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