Seeds Pests and diseases

Snails

21.01.2021

General
 
Not found in indoor growing, but more common in the garden: snails also multiply rapidly. Their retreats are the undersides of boards, bricks, flower pots and the like. They also like to hide in the ground and in tall grass. They prefer dark, humid environments and avoid the sun.
 
damage
 
You shouldn't think it possible, but some snails can already do a lot of damage. Snails eat the leaves of cannabis plants, but also gnaw their trunks and branches. The bite marks they leave are similar to those of caterpillars, but they also leave behind dried slime marks, which easily reveals them.
 
identification
 
If you want to catch snails in the act, it is best to wait until after sunset, because then the day begins for the crawlers who then venture out and search for food. In principle, one can assume that most snails have a fundamental interest in seedlings and fully grown hemp plants.
 
prophylaxis
 
Anything lying around in the garden under which snails could take refuge - boards, buckets, bowls, bricks, and so on - should be cleaned regularly. In specialist garden centers there are also various mechanical barriers that make it difficult for snails to access plants. If you water the cannabis in the morning, the soil is dry until evening and the snails get on worse.
 
Elimination
 
The best way to get rid of snails is to remove them by hand. If you don't want to step on them, you should expose them as far away from your own garden as possible. In specialist shops, however, countless special products or roundworms (nematodes) against snails can be purchased. A so-called beer trap is also a tried and tested means, because snails love beer more than anything and crawl into it to perish there.