Seeds Pests and diseases

Aphids

21.01.2021

General
 
The term aphid describes a number of very similar-looking insects of the same species. A distinction is usually made between gray, green, yellow, winged and wingless aphids. Aphids reproduce rapidly and endanger every grow. When their population becomes too large, some females will grow wings to spread elsewhere.
 
damage
 
Aphids feed on the juice from stems, leaves, and the delicious marijuana flowers, and they prefer young shoots of cannabis plants. Affected parts can twist, dry out, turn yellow or fall off completely. Aphids can also transmit other diseases and infections. They secrete a sticky liquid called honeydew, which is very popular with ants.
 
identification
 
Aphids often hide on the underside of leaves and are tiny, three to ten millimeters long, six-legged creatures with long tentacles and a pear-shaped body. Winged aphid nymphs are annoying flies five millimeters in size. The white skins on or near the hemp plants can also prove the presence of aphids.
 
prophylaxis
 
When growing indoors, it is important to filter the air and not let in anything larger than three millimeters. One should check all cannabis plants regularly. Another prophylaxis method is the use of appropriate organic products or self-made products with cinnamon oil, chilli or soap - also against aphids that are already present.
 
Elimination
 
A few specimens can be tried to remove by hand or with water pressure. The use of natural enemies such as ladybugs or their larvae is helpful. Lacewing, parasitic wasp and gall mosquito also help. If all of this doesn't work, you have to fall back on funds from specialist retailers. When it comes to organic products, those from Neudorff have proven themselves. If the chemical club is needed, Mospilan will help.