When growing Cannabis plants indoors or outdoors, the first signs of insect damage or any type of pathogen, can send a beginner grower into panic mode. Knowing that your precious plants are under attack, can cause anxiety and a desire to use the most potent chemical solutions possible. In this article we explain all about companion planting, how terpenes play a role, the benefits associated and provide a list of 10 companion plants that you can outsource immediately.
If you have never heard of cannabis companion planting, then it is a comforting fact to know that this culture is practiced worldwide, and has been done for centuries. A traditional and organic method of controlling pests and diseases without the concern over chemical elements or harmful and toxic pesticides.
Once you can get over the idea that keeping other plants in close proximity to your Cannabis garden is a bad thing, you will quickly learn why a cannabis companion, or a host of them are advantageous at protecting the crop and adding camouflage and stealth.
Companion plants for cannabis are cheap and can be purchased at the local garden center, or as seedlings that can be ordered online or found locally. Growing two or more types of crop in the same location is known as polyculture or intercropping and has a wide variety of benefits associated.
Cannabis companion planting has many benefits associated and for a small financial investment, it is possible to reap the benefits immediately. Below are better explained how an outdoor grower can use companion plants to their advantage in the battle against nature.
If the idea of companion plants is not for you, then why not consider these other options.
A white stone that is available as a white powder. Rich in silica and calcium, this powder under a microscope will reveal a crystallized substance that will cover the exoskeleton of soft and hard-bodied insects and suffocate them. Diatomaceous earth is very useful for preventing ants and even cockroaches. It will kill soil mites also so be careful if using predatory or beneficial insects in your living soil.
Slugs and snails will come out in the night time and eat as much of your vegetative plants as possible. The easiest way to stop them in their tracks is to use copper wire or copper coins around the pots. The negative charge created when they come into contact with copper is very discomforting and will deter them away.
For those who suffer from caterpillars and cannot control the population, then using Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) will kill the caterpillars by infecting their stomachs. This causes their digestion system to shut down resulting in a quick death. Simply mix with water and spray onto the plants.
Trichoderma and Probiotic Bacillus
An excellent way to combat pathogens that may enter the garden and attack the soil and root system is to use Trichoderma, or probiotic bacillus. There are many types of Bacillus, however the most effective is Bacillus subtilis.