Marijuana growers often worry about blight. Blight is a leading contributor to plant death. In fact, blight itself is not a specific disease. Instead, it is a characteristic set of symptoms that affect marijuana plants. Unlike other cannabis plant infections, blight may be caused by a fungus or a bacteria. Finding the best treatment for blight in marijuana plants may be a process of trial and error. Understanding your options can help you successfully manage a blight outbreak in your plants.
Treatment for Blight in Marijuana Plants
One method of treatment for blight is to use a beneficial strain of bacteria against it. Certain bacteria can actually enrich soil and prevent the spread of plant disease. For example, bacillus subtilis is a naturally-occurring bacterium that fights blight and other fungi. It is easily available online for use in organic marijuana cultivation.
Another simple but effective solution for blight is to apply potassium bicarbonate to the plants. Potassium bicarbonate, like its relative, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is an alkaline substance that is toxic to fungi. Potassium bicarbonate is available from most garden centers. It is a white, powder-like substance. For best effects, mix 3 T. potassium bicarbonate, 3 T. oil, and ½ tsp. castile soap in a gallon of water. Apply the solution to plants daily as a treatment for blight or a way to prevent its spread.
Prevention of Blight in Marijuana Plants
The best treatment for blight is to invest in prevention efforts. One easy way to prevent the transfer of fungi or bacteria is to appropriately space your plants. Not only do crowded plants fail to get enough light, but they also become warmer and more moist. This facilitates the growth and spread of blight-causing pathogens.
In addition to spreading plants apart, it is important to consider air quality in your growing environment. The fans that many marijuana producers use to cool plants from the heat of grow lights can actually spread spores and bacteria throughout the environment. Thus, finding a solution to air quality problems is of paramount importance.
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