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Shit happens so fast at home while I'm at work. Fuuuuucccckkkking spider mites reappeared visibly around three days ago but this time... I was prepared! Cleaned the whole room top to bottom with Zerotol then followed up with a Neem/Castile spray on just about everything outside the tents. Followed up by doing a Castile spray on every plant to knock the population back, then today I did another with Neem and Castile, finally the last part comes tomorrow in the mail - persemillis and californicus predatory mites will round out the IPM.
The mites got so bad I didn't notice until the stippling, white dots, on the leaves appeared and then I found webs. I will be wiping those off with paper towels but thankfully I was really enough that the spray won't affect my flavor. I killed the lights for the past three days, bagged the infested plants up to allow humidity to build and today the activity was pretty low. Interesting to know they don't like high humidity or the cold which I have them both of.
Anywho, the mites got everywhere including my veg plants and next cycle. They are doing fantastic though the plants to the right, Copacabana Haze, were affected by the spider mites - the Diesel Deluxe pheno in the second pic took the mites the hardest. Honestly, going to kill the clones of that pheno because it grows so poorly and took those mites badly. Still curious what the Copacabana Haze might do as it does grow better. The plants to the left are Panama Haze which weren't really affected by thre mites are doing well.
Lastly, today would be day 0 for flower on the second cycle but I want to release the Beneficials and top everything one more time for clones. Definitely was a stressful couple of days but the room needed to be cleaned and I had a gang of fungus gnats.
Now it is time for the second cycle and a few things have been done to get here, on veg time I have no clue. 12/12 has been initiated today so in about 9 weeks well have us another harvest!
Distributed the persemillis and californicus over cycle one's flowering plants plus everything in veg. Very active and shipping was prompt, next time I'll order a larger batch. Only using one 315cmh until week 3 and because the heat may go beyond what the insects can handle
Secondly, I did the final prune on these ladies with a soft topping and cleaned lowers - also helpful in that I got rid of a lot of damaged leaves from the spider mites. Prune came out perfectly and I do mean perfectly.
Running these ladies at a 1.5ec and a 6.0ph. I also took around 12 cuts of the Copacabana Haze and around 24 of the Panama Haze. Structure on the Panama Haze after training came out ideal whereas the Copacabana Haze were a bit sick due to mites.
Well these plants are just damaged at this point but we will continue to push regardless. We are into week 6 but I'm not pleased overall due to the stippling on so many leaves but they are actively drinking. Anyways, I am pleased nonetheless that everything is doing as well despite the issues, especially the Diesel Deluxe that isn't sparse. Around 3-4 weeks left and harvest is a go.
The stippling, white dots, are caused by the spider mites sucking chlorophyll from the leaves. I was told to pull leaves to knock back the population but it is what it is at this point. The bus development on everything but that UGLY Diesel Deluxe pheno look pretty decent, probably even better in the next cycle.
Diesel Deluxe pretty pheno
Diesel Deluxe ugly pheno
Copacabana Haze - note the red stems that seemed to have developed from spider mites
These are doing splendidly! I must spray heavily every three days so that I can truly break this mite infestation but I have hope. Turned on both 315cmh fixtures and they are looking great under the heat. Room is staying at 84 overall with a humidity of 65% but I posit a theory - the spider mites have receded overall due to the high humidity and initial knock down of beneficial pest/spray.
General veg area with some of everything going right now. Largest plant is Diesel Deluxe #2 or the pretty pheno.
These are going to fill the space nicely. Quite pleased with the pruning though
It's lovely when lush growth occurs and it is abundant in the 4x4 leaving me incredibly pleased with the current growth. I have a mix of images of both strains but I do find the overall growth beautiful.
Panama Hazes to the left and Copacabana Haze to the right.
Trimmed these up a bit before taking pictures as there were a few branches that weren't nearly close enough to the canopy. Also removed dead leaves and damaged ones from three spider mites.
Panama Haze 1/4, Copacabana Haze 2/3
Giving them a preventative spray every 3 days of liquid karma/Beneficials/silica/fulvic acid/Castile soap/Neem oil. Don't really want to get into the habit of ordering insects so the hope is that the spray can break their cycle of reproduction before week 3. The place I ordered from has a triple threat mite product that I may order to spread once the transition is over and I'm not spraying anymore.
I'm glad to see there is no stress whatsoever from running two CMH 315's. Gets pretty warm but not uncomfortable with 60-65% humidity and 86f. Watering around 2-2.5g every day at 1.5ec and 6.0ph. Planning to order some liquid budswell for the last 3-4 weeks of flower on the cycle 1 plants. Overall happy with the mega Crop and Sweet Candy but I'd still prefer Botanicare or General Hydroponics
It's day 50 and I'm still struggling with spider mites in the first cycle. They made webs on the diesel and Copa again but the Panama is unaffected thankfully. Sprayed the plants down with Castile and wiped the webs away but a bud wash is guaranteed at this point.
Going to conjoined m continue spraying in the other tent until day 21, by then I'll have a special blend of predator mites to release in there specifically and I'll continue doing so every two weeks. No signs of infestation on the veg plants but a bit of stippling here and there on the Copacabana in cycle two, removed infested leaves and gave them a spray.
I don't think I can make it the full 12 weeks on this first cycle but I'll get damn close.