Seeking advice for the upcoming outdoor grow season and how best to manage pest.
My number one enemy is the Aidemona azteca nymph grasshopper.
They suck! In the nymph stage they focus on the water leafs chewing holes.
As adults, they have no problem cutting stalks right through.
Does anyone know of a mesh barrier I can erect around the plants that won’t reduce the light to the detriment of the plant?
I deal with caterpillars too. But have learned to check for moth or butterfly eggs on the plants. I’ve had good success controlling them by crashing the eggs. If the eggs hatch usually in the flowering stage, the caterpillars set up shop in the flowers. The outcome will kill a flower leaving it looking like bud rot has set in.
Once the nymph moves on to adulthood, it looks a lot like your picture.
Probably not the same though. Then agin what do I know? I’m not an Entomologists. The Azteca is native to Arizona and east back into Texas. Last season was brutal. Daily temps above 100 deg and drought like conditions made for the perfect storm for a subpar grow.
@Garb Welcome to the forum, for grasshoppers you can spray insecticidal soap, or neem oil at 1st sign of them. Netting is difficult as cannabis grows pretty fast and hard to keep covered. As for caterpillars there is a spray called BT which is for them only. There is a few ppl from Arizona that grow outdoors here but haven’t been on lately, but should be back soon. @plumbdand@W.B.elpaso they may hay some more help.
What up @Dforce ? Got the mind numbing task of picking my strains for this season. I haven’t had to spray for bugs. Im in a greenhouse with netting. So im always weary of the moths " white" they are the one dropping bombs in my stuff. Other than that no worries👃 bt and captain jacks dead bug? Its what i here, never tried them myself though. @plumbdand has more experiance than i do. What up @plumbdand ? Where you at brother?
@W.B.elpaso Doing ok, just recovering from covid, nothing serious, just cold like symptoms. As for outdoors I have mine picked out. I have mother plants now, so I’m ready. Did you get anything going indoors?
I start mine indoor for about 4 weeks before last frost. For me that is 4/20. I did just up my indoor game though. I get to bored during winter. Got myself a 4x2 with a sf2000. My first ever indoor grow started 1/24. Gelato auto and moby dick autos going. So far so good. I got my seeds narrowed down, but im only growing 6 this year. Still trying to up my quality. I want that one hitter quitter!
@Dforce Yeah I’ve been away for awhile. Lots of stuff going on. Last fall my vision went to shit. Ive been struggling with that. Surgery didn’t help much. A couple weeks ago I had a minor heart attack and had a stent put in. I now feel better than I’ve felt for the last couple years. Didnt realize that a lot of my pain and discomfort was caused by a clogged artery.
Ive used a garlic spray for grasshoppers that chases off most of them but there’s always a few highly determined ones that stick around until early to mid flower. Theres a Hierarchy of grasshoppers that always develops whithin my greenhouse.
@plumbdand Sorry to hear that, but glad you are doing better, Sir. How is the vision doing? Hope for the best for you. Are you going to be able to do the greenhouses again this year? I had a very bad year with fricken WPM. 3/4 of what I had ended up in the fire pit. At least I know some strains not to grow outside. Plus our weather was like crazy dry and sunny. That’s not normal here. So another lesson learned.
Moby dick auto and gelato auto. Day 31. Love the indoor scene so far. Thanks to @plumbdand for stopping by and bringing me some godfather og. Great smoke!! I will be growing one in the greenhouse this year.
Im gonna grow 2 in the 5x10, 4 in the 10x12 and two outside behind it. My neighbor is giving me a couple of monster crop clones. Not sure yet what seeds im gonna pop. Godfather OG and Black Widow are definitely 2 of the 6
I’ve been gardening in AZ for more than 30 years and have never seen that grasshopper. In my area we have regular brown grasshoppers and western horse lubber grasshoppers, which are massive and easy to find. Hope you figure out and solution and have a great season.