With more states having pending laws to legalize medical or recreational cannabis use, marijuana production is a booming industry. Many marijuana growers currently use fungicides, pesticides, and other chemicals that are harmful to humans. The increasing demand for organic cannabis products leave many producers in the lurch, however, as plant diseases often require aggressive measures to control. Fortunately, air purification systems can help with the organic control of powdery mildew and other fungi. These air purification systems can prevent mildew and fungi from spreading throughout the facility.
What Is Powdery Mildew?
Powdery mildew is a type of fungal infection and marijuana plants are highly vulnerable to it. A major sign of this disease is a gray or white powdery growth that appears on the leaves of a cannabis plant. You may also see small bumps on the top side of the leaves. These bumps are the first sign of a powdery mildew infestation. Powdery mildew spores prefer to target younger plants. The spores spread through the leaves, stems, and buds. The removal of thees airborne spores is essential to prevent your entire harvest from falling to infection.
Options for the Organic Control of Powdery Mildew
Cannabis growers that are reluctant to use commercial fungicides have developed several home remedies that can reduce the spread of powdery mildew on plants. For example, spraying the plants with a small amount of apple cider vinegar dissolved in water may lower the risk of mildew. Similarly, some growers swear by using sesame oil or fish oil sprays to retard mildew growth.
Despite the number of home remedies for the organic control of powdery mildew, many organic sprays are ineffective at preventing the spread of this deadly fungus.
AiroClean420 Can Help Prevent Powdery Mildew
The downside of using these sprays for powdery mildew is that they cannot kill the fungal spores floating through the air. These floating spores can infect other plants. This makes an air purification system, such as AiroClean420, essential for organic cannabis producers. The AiroClean420 technology was developed by NASA as a way to stop the spread of plant diseases in outer space. Here on Earth, we use it for indoor growing environments and have had great success.
AiroClean420 works by capturing fungi, bacteria, viruses, allergens, and other microbes in the air. Next, these pathogens are brought into the AiroClean420 reactor chamber. Finally, they are neutralized. Only inert byproducts leave the chamber. This technology stops the production of toxic chemicals or gases by limiting the potential for harmful byproducts.
To learn more about how AiroClean420 can help with the organic control of powdery mildew, contact us today. Our experts can help guide you through the process of adapting AiroClean420’s system to your facility’s needs.