The Rotten Buds - A Real Disaster !

By @indaymers on 17 Oct 2019.

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Hey Guys!

It is my 2nd day today in Andalucia and I do not ever think that I am on holiday since we are simply escaping cold central Europe. We will be staying here til end of Feb. 2020, I could not really be growing during our short stay here. Of course, I can plant strains from auto feminized seeds that could be harvested in a short period of time (of 3 months)...... but there is the logistic problem of harvesting and curing because it´s too risky to bring cannabis by plane when we travel back to homebase.

Perhaps, I could do an experiment of growing seeds I haven´t tried, just for the fun of knowing how weed will grow in a sub tropical area like ours. Mind you, Southern Spain was visited by a snow storm sometime in 2005 which damaged my avocado trees when I still had the finca. The temperature was -3°C that lasted overnight. I lost an array of 5 trees because they died-off when the wind was blowing on that side of the barranco (creek). At any rate, I think I would love to try to take a couple of seeds from the grow shop down the coast, I´ll let you know for sure.

The Rotting Buds

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Today, I am going to tackle a topic about the pest that once invaded my cannabis plants. It is very important since growers are aware that caterpillars love cannabis especially its buds. I´ve read that there are about 10k types (!!!). Well, by experience, I found two species in the buds of the Green Poison and Amnesia Platinum just before harvesting. I think I missed seeing them when they were still small because when the pistils were showing on the tops, I started checking the buds to see if some were crawling on them. I didn´t find one parasite of some sort but, just a week before the harvest, I have inspected the buds again and found the caterpillars.

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When I harvested the Amnesia Platinum below, I cut its 4 huge stems and left the stalks of the plant in the pot. There were still branches that have small buds. I let them be as they were... the buds still grew although I didn´t water the plant anymore since it rained a couple of days before. I was astonished, the buds looked so different in term of colors. It made me curios, so I cut all the buds and examined them... I found out that all buds were busted!

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It made me curios because of the colors of the buds, I saw some black spots! Cutting all the buds, I examined them inside the house. The flowers were fully devastated, all of them, no exception! I could imagine, had I not inspected the buds before the harvest they might have fallen victims to the caterpillars and my work would have been futile.

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The only solution I had was to inspect all the buds and see if the beasts were lurking in and out of the flowers. I found a couple of dark caterpillars and I can say they were having a fiesta having had all the flowers exclusively to themselves.

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Examining these buds (above and below) I noticed that the pistils were watery and the flowers eaten up.. so I guess, the caterpillars are targeting only the flowers

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There are organic products available in the market that could prevent any pest attacking the plant. The only solution I have in mind is to inspect all the buds of your weed plants and eradicate the caterpillars manually.. I have done this before harvesting the Green Poison and Amnesia Platinum. It was a tedious job but it was worth it!

Keep puffin´ for a high !

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