So, an update on the application of the Marrone IPM system. Hmmm, where did the weeks go?
Discouraging news first:
Found some two-spotted mites on a Hibiscus plant that tends to attract them yearly. In fact, this hibiscus seems to attract just about everything imaginable. And, it’s located in the same general location as other plants (I am under direction of the SO and such is life). And, we do not have the ability to tightly control the outdoor traffic in and out of this area.
Also, I’ve found some aphids on a batch of celery.
Although we have been applying the Marrone system to those plants, we have not been particularly thorough on them. Instead have been just doing a quick mist. On the next two applications, I ensured full coverage and have not seen any of those pests since.
Now, the more encouraging news:
With that said, there have been no mites on the four relatively large female and 1 male cannabis plants. There have been no aphids or any of the more difficult to control pests. No signs of PM as of yet. These plants are located in close proximity to the previously noted plants, as well. We have been much more thorough in application for these.
Other plants in this area that have shown no issues include beets, thyme, basil, jalapeno, carrots, radishes, a variety of ornamentals, and Anaheim chilis.
However, a couple of different pests have shown up to take there place for which the Marrone system doesn’t seem to have any affect. Fortunately, those are easy to deal with. There has been the appearance of some sort of very small caterpillar like worms (moth?), snowy scale, and a leaf hopper occasionally. Simply pluck them off and have been good to go.
We’re in the early flower stage and am at the point of where I’d expect the insect pressure to steadily increase.
I’m relatively happy with the results so far and will continue to provide updates on how things are progressing with this product…
edit: also this product does not seem to harm the small populations of spiders in the room. Literal spiders, not spiders mites.