Permanently stopping powdery mildew on cannabis probably seems like a pipe dream. The stuff has been the bane of marijuana growers for centuries, if not longer. The key is to keep it from getting anywhere near your plants. Easier said than done, you say?
Don’t throw in the towel just yet. This airborne blight can be beaten – permanently – if you know how. So what’s the secret? Eliminating it from your growing area before it becomes a threat to your crop. Read on to find out how.
Powdery Mildew Explained
The fungal disease commonly known as powdery mildew appears as a gray or white powder that is produced by the fungi spores. It usually shows up on the marijuana leaves, and occasionally other areas as well. Just before the powder presents, it sometimes causes small pimples on the top surface of the leaves.
The spores are normally spread through the air within growing areas, although sometimes animals or humans brushing up against plants can cause it, too.
This pathogen loves higher humidity, cool to moderate temperatures, and crowded growing conditions. Typically the spores start by attacking younger growth, or young leaves on mature plants. Before long, mildew will spread to the whole plant. In addition to the leaves, it also goes after the buds.
The final stage is when the infected plants start to smell like rotting vegetation. Once powdery mildew is on your plants, it’s almost impossible to eradicate. At this point, often your only hope of saving your crop is to remove the infected plants from your growing area.
What Can You Do If You See Infected Plants
Once the powdery mildew spores hit your plants, it literally becomes a race against time. Those spores are now inside your growing area and spreading rapidly from plant to plant. If you don’t act immediately your entire crop can be destroyed in a matter of days.
At that point, you should try to carefully remove the infected plants. The best way to do this is to clip off the infected parts of the plant, if it hasn’t been too badly hit, or remove the entire plant if it has, as gently as possible. You don’t want to move the plant too much in order to minimize the spread of the microscopic spores.
The next step is to carefully place the infected plants into plastic bags and seal them tightly. Finally, you’ll need to remove the bags, yourself, and your tools from the growing area and thoroughly wash all tools and the clothing you were wearing before bringing them back into your grow area.
Your goal through this process is to do everything you can to minimize the spread of the spores to uninfected plants.
How to Eliminate Powdery Mildew Before It Reaches Your Cannabis
The last thing you want to do is accidently create an environment that’s friendly to fungal spores. You can take steps to ensure your plants aren’t too close together, making it more difficult for spores to spread from plant to plant. And you can make sure the air in your grow area is circulating properly. But the best way to fight powdery mildew and other airborne pathogens is to keep them out of your grow area.
The idea of eliminating powdery mildew from your growing area before it reaches your plants probably sounds like smoke and mirrors, but it’s not. Growers like you are doing it all the time, using existing technology.
The secret is setting up an air purification system. As noted, most fungal pathogens are airborne. In fact, most plant blights in general are airborne. So it’s no surprise that a good air purification system is by far the best way to keep your plants from getting infected.
Using a Good Air Purification System
Keeping the air in your growing area clean and free of pathogens is the best way to protect your plants. One of the top air purification systems on the market is the AiroClean420. This is a device that uses technology developed by NASA to remove pathogens from the air.
In a nutshell, the air in your growing area is drawn through the AiroClean420 device, which is where all airborne pathogens are removed. The air leaving the device is totally free of any and all blights.
To learn more about how the AiroClean420 stops powdery mildew on cannabis, visit our website, or talk to an AiroClean420 pro at 844-247-3913. We are happy to answer your questions and help you to achieve the healthiest cannabis crop possible.