The growth of powdery mildew in the leaves is one of the more common problems of marijuana plants. The problem arises from a combination of various fungi, also known as white powdery mildew. Both indoor and outdoor gardens are vulnerable to this kind of illness.
First, on the tops of the cannabis leaves, tiny bumps will emerge. It could become a powdery white or gray material unchecked, which can cover a large part of the leaves. This can significantly compromise photosynthesis. And it breaks down every possibility of a good harvest. But from where is it? It is the culprits to spores which float freely on the wind through the ventilation system. Basically, they remain asleep on every surface and only awaken when the atmosphere is suitable for them.
Powdery mildew is therefore a challenging issue, as we never know when it will hit. It can lie anywhere in the garden waiting for the right opportunity to strike. That is why the best way to approach it is first and foremost to prevent its development. The interventions to correct this critical condition are discussed in this article. This involves the various ways of preventing and riding it. Since mildew is not rare, we need to track and be ready to deal with its presence regularly.
How to control powdery mildew on cannabis?
Cannabis plants in every setup can be victim to powdery mildew plagues. It also reduces the crop cover, rendering it more vulnerable to other catastrophes and diseases. At worst, very low to no harvest can be achieved. Learn how to handle the problem until the whole plant is devastated.
Spot the signs
Fortunately, powdery mildew infestation is easy to detect. Only search for some odd changes in the cannabis leaves. The most common sign is therefore the thriving, flourishing patches lying on the leaves in circles. In addition, the leaves can form spots that shift and wind. This is when the surrounding leaves start to infect and the whole plant is consumed.
The transition of the leaves from bright green to light yellow is other things to look out for. As the humidity increases, the molds are also noticed and killed by the powdery mildew. So, expect to find other mold varieties on the leaves that will make them fall.
Catch it early
Once the fungus gets into the buds, it is very difficult. The plant will turn yellow, then brown as it continues to increase the rate of destruction until it dies. It is therefore important that the molds do not reach this stage. Therefore, always check the plants and watch for the odd classes. In the next segment, the signs and symptoms of infection will be addressed.
Very bad for seedlings
In general, the youngest plants are havocated. Therefore, the whole plant, including roots, buds and leaves is consumed. When the issue emerges, when the crop is in the flowering stage we can see a moist scent of the buds.
Watch the growing environment
It will most likely come alive by default as the humidity levels exceed 55% and the air flow in space is minimal. It thrives in a damp and overcrowded space, especially where the leaves touch each other. Powderful mildew can quickly and rapidly spread under these conditions, making it harder to get rid of.
Understand the problem
The appearance of a powdery mildew is one of its characteristics. It’s normally white and gives the marijuana leaves a bold contrasts. We can see them as they propagate throughout the growing room because they come from spores. Therefore, stopping them is exceedingly difficult.
How to get rid of powdery mildew on buds?
Once the first sign of powdery mildew is detected, it is imperative that we remove it as soon as we can. Fortunately, many convenient ways of doing this are available at home with ingredients found in the kitchen cupboard. So use these materials and plan for the crisis.
Paper towel technique
The method to get rid of powdery mildew is so straightforward that only a wet towel is required. Wipe the infected leaves softly until the white patches are no longer apparent.
Make sure that you avoid too much bumping of the leaves when washing to avoid spreading the invisible pores. This approach is also an excellent preventive measure to ensure that there is no mildew. The paper towel with a quarter of water with a half tea-spoon baker of soda is also a great choice.
Neem and sesame oil sprays are both good choices for battling powdery mildew. The trick can be done even with fish oil. In final study, the famous milk spray can be mixed in 40% milk and 60% water.
Interestingly enough, when exposed to Sun and destroying the mildew, proteins in milk form a natural antiseptic. Spray every 10 days to preserve it, but only if the sun is bright. For indoor growers, if they want this system, artificial lights make a good replacement for sunlight.
A common homemade mix is one way to get rid of powdery mildew. Combine 2 tea cider vinegar teaspoons with a quarter of water in a spray bottle. Then mix the blend on the leaf / bud surfaces to prevent the growth of fungi. This is also a prevention approach that we can use.
How to prevent powdery mildew?
As stated, even before it occurs, the best way to deal with powdery mildew is to avoid it. Here are the methods to ensure mold-free plants and buds for marijuana.
Overwatering is one of the major weed farming faults. Indoor and outdoor installations are more likely to grow molds and mildew with excess water. Water at any moment of the day, therefore, when the plants can be given at least five hours of sun.
The use of UVC light is an effective way of avoiding the landing of powdery spores on our valued plants. It works by penetrating any space that makes it difficult for the spores to attach themselves and grow on the surface.
Many seasoned growers take some of the fan leaves that don’t get clear light to reap additional benefits. The plants thus concentrate all their resources on growing healthy leaves, which often lead to large buds.
Industrial products such as Mold Protection are alternative methods to avoid powdery mildew on plants. Some preventative sprays contain cinnamon oil, clove, coriander, cotton, jojoba and garlic. What is good about them is that contaminated plants can also be cured.
We must remove seriously infected marijuana leaves in order to prevent infection from spreading. It is necessary to keep the infection as much as possible in place while doing this. But it is helpful to gather leaves with a plastic bag.
The bag must also be sealed and the waste disposal lid closely turned off. This means the spores are healthy and do not spread into neighboring plants. Finally, don’t forget to treat plants containing fungicide on the contaminated leaves.
Indoor marijuana gardening typically has fans for airflow control and mold prevention. Take it one step further with two fans and position the first fan to blow air through the hole directly.
The second fan should face the rising room in order to dissipate the “used” air. This will still give the plants fresh air and reduce the possibility of powdery mildew developing.
Space to grow
As reported, in crowded and confined places powdery mildew thrives. Therefore make sure that the plant has additional space when transplanted to its mature site.
When the plant starts to grow more leaves, make sure it has plenty of room during the vegetative stage. A good rule is to put them so that they don’t touch their leaves.
The most obvious approach for preventing powdery mildew is perhaps to cultivate seeds with powerful genes. They are, as we know, more immune to molds and other illnesses and can deter pests. Try to buy seeds from reliable sources only.
We may also test and add a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to the leaves, mixed in water. By oxidizing the fungal cell walls, this solution eradicates powder mildew.
Add limonene (teaspoon) in one quarter of water is also an effective remedy that destroys completely the fungus. Finally, the sulfur burner contains the problem and tracks it. Make sure you stay a long way from the brûler because it can damage our lungs.
Powdery mildew can be one of the most severe conditions for cannabis, but also easy to remedy. Make sure the growing atmosphere does not allow the production of fungal spores. Therefore, the moisture stays low and the region is less crowded.
In addition, try to apply the preventive methods in this article to help plants preserve their health. Using the therapies we have addressed similarly to reduce the symptoms of contaminated plants.
Above all, learn to identify the symptoms and respond rapidly to avoid the disease. Thus, we ensure that our cannabis plants aren’t best served with powdery mildew.