Have it ever occurred to you while strolling down to your cannabis plants, you’ve encounter unnecessary white powdery substances lingering around the leaves or the roots of your plants? It’s drastic once you’ve realized that these organisms are molds that like your cannabis plants thrive on moisture and nutrients. They compete for nutrients and worst, will make you ill upon smoking or consuming the buds with it. It’s really very confusing once you’ve seen these molds, how to deal and remove them. Though there are ways to mitigate these molds, in extreme cases, it won’t leave you any choice but kill and destroy your cannabis plant for the disease do not spread to other plants as well.
That is why, as much as possible, you want to avoid any other mold infestation happening again anytime in the future. It is crucial to becoming equipped with sufficient knowledge in order to prevent these things from happening. This article will discuss three of the main reasons why molds get into your cannabis plants. Aside from that, this article will give you tips on how to prevent infestation of these molds more into your plants.
What are Cannabis Molds
Molds are multi-celled organism most likely fungus who thrives on moisture and warmth. They could live either indoors or outdoors and even survives through very harsh environmental conditions, supporting the reproduction and growth of spores.
These creatures play an important role in the ecological balance and like any other things poses an advantage and disadvantage to other organisms and into the environment. Nonetheless, molds are decomposers that break down organic substances. These substances will serve as nutrients and fertilizers into the soil. Aside from that, some molds are used to create antibiotics such as penicillin for pain management purposes.
But however, molds are considered pests on plant cultivation. These organisms exist to compete on the plant’s nutrients, being able to deprive the plant of essential minerals for it to grow. Aside from that, molds could be harmful to animals and even humans upon consumption. There are a few of deadly diseases that are caused by these molds. That is why it is important to prevent yourself from exposing to any type of these molds.
When Cannabis is Vulnerable to Molds
Generally, molds are easily transmitted in the air. They thrive in damp and warm environments. That is why it is essential to protect your cannabis plants from molds. Nevertheless, here are some of the things that you should remember for cannabis plants to thrive through against molds. This includes the following.
During vegetative stage, plants grow and bear large leaves. As we pour water into the plants, moisture will be left into some parts including the leaves and stems of the plant. Thus, making the leaves moist will prompt for molds to grow into the plant’s surface.
Resembling like a flour into the leaves, white powdery mildew is often referred to this mold infestation. Not just through leaves, molds could also exist through other parts of the plant such as stem and roots. It usually spreads around the leaves to the stem and branches of the plant. That is why, before these molds spread around, it is necessary to treat them or eliminate the infected part. As known, molds could cause severe damage to the health of the plants and even to humans once it’s consumed.
Likewise, it is important to trim occasionally the leaves of the cannabis plants especially the ones hidden. Usually, those leaves and parts that are less exposed to light are prone to mold infestation.
Aside from that, it is important to regulate the temperature and humidity on the surrounding environment of the plant. Make sure that the temperature would not go over 27 °C to 30°C for it to prevent stress and mold development.
Late Flowering Stage
Upon maturation of the cannabis buds, it will be very susceptible to mold with bigger and denser buds. Molds come in different colors mostly gray, yellow, white, and brown and also sizes. Nevertheless, the molds will attack the buds causing it to rot and change in color. Because of this change, the bud could not be smoke and consume out by its users. The bud will not taste well and will cause harm to humans.
Consequently, a lot of growers have sometimes difficulty in determining molds into their cannabis buds. You have to inspect deeply the buds, not looking only its external features to determine whether it’s under attack or not.
Drying and Curing
Yes, it’s great that you’ve finally harvested your cannabis buds but still don’t break off your defenses. There is definitely no escape with molds in the after processes. Nevertheless, it is important to realize that these stages are important especially on developing the potency and smoothness of cannabis buds that most of its smokers longed for. Thus, maintaining the humidity and the temperature in the surrounding environment at this stage is vital to avoid mold infestation. Thus, monitoring should be done in order to facilitate this process.
Treatment of Molds
Once you’ve detected molds into the plants, it is essential that you immediately kill it to prevent it from further spreading. There are various remedies that you could employ for molds to get perish as needed. The following includes:
You could combine a variety of known pest control chemicals and extracts to destroy over pests. This could include baking soda, milk, neem (neem mixtures are some of the most commonly used sprays in the industry), cinnamon, jojoba, cottonseed, and garlic oil. Directions on how to make these sprays can easily be found online.
Use Mold-Resistant Strains
There are strains, in particular, that is genetically modified to resists on mold attacks. Nonetheless, these are mold resilient strains that are suitable to grow either indoors or outdoors. Among of these strains include the Moby Dick, Sweeth Tooth, Frisian Dew, and Jamaican Pearl.